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Jolyon Palmer (DAMS), Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix), Felipe Nasr

GP2



Vandoorne flies to victory in Budapest

McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne delighted both ART and his F1 supporters with a crushing display of dominance in this morning’s sprint race in Budapest, taking the lead at the start and pulling away over the next 28 laps to easily lead home title rivals Jolyon Palmer and Williams tester Felipe Nasr to put himself third in the drivers’ standings.
The result was set up when the lights went out: Vandoorne had a solid start from P2 to edge into the lead despite a great start from Nasr, who followed the Belgian through poleman Nathanaël Berthon at turn one with Daniel Abt, Palmer, yesterday’s winner Arthur Pic, Conor Daly (courtesy of a tremendous start from P13) and Marco Sorensen behind them.
Palmer was showing his customary raciness, clinically dispatching Abt at turn one next time by and then holding off a strong fightback, and dispatching Berthon in the same manner a few laps later, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs echoing the move on Sorensen just behind them. The Series leader was then on Nasr’s tail and was clearly not in a mood to hang about: he dived up the inside despite the Brazilian’s best efforts, returning the love on the exit and was through for P2.
Unfortunately for most of the other drivers, the usual problems with overtaking on the tight, technical circuit meant that, despite most of the field circulating nose to tail, there didn’t appear to be any way to get by, particularly as they were trying as much as possible to save their tyres to get to the flag.
But Vandoorne had no such problems: the Belgian ran at his own pace, setting fastest lap on the final tour to win at a cantor from Palmer, who was struggling with his tyres in the closing laps but just held off Nasr for P2. Behind them Berthon drove a strong race to hold off almost race long pressure from Abt for P4, with Pic resisting pressure from Daly for more points for 6th after a tremendous weekend for the Frenchman, and Quaife-Hobbs rounding out the points paying positions.
Palmer leads Nasr by 192 points to 149 as the grid departs for the summer break, with Vandoorne up to third with 109 points ahead of Cecotto on 100, Coletti on 96, Evans on 92 and Pic on 70 points. DAMS lead the way in the teams’ title from Carlin, 233 points to 215, with ART Grand Prix on 135, Racing Engineering on 125 and Trident on 122 as the grid takes a break before returning at Spa Francorchamps in a month’s time.
Budapest – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
2.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
4.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
5.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
7.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
8.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
9.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
10.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
11.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
12.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
13.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
14.
Rene Binder
Arden International
15.
Julian Leal
Carlin
16.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
17.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
18.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
19.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
20.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
21.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
Not Classified
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
André Negrao
Arden International
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
Fastest Lap: Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix) – 1:32.541 on lap 28
Hungary quali podium2014

FORMULA 1


2014 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING

Nico Rosberg took pole position during qualifying at the Hungaroring this afternoon, while a fuel leak saw Lewis eliminated in the Q1 phase without setting a time.

• Nico took his sixth pole position of the 2014 Formula One season – his third in a row after Great Britain and Germany
• MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS has now taken 10 pole positions from 11 races so far in 2014
• A fuel leak and subsequent fire for Lewis during his warm-up lap in Q1 prevented him from setting a time
• The team has yet to determine the extent of damage incurred by chassis F1 W05 Hybrid/05 and its component parts
• A full investigation will be conducted into the cause of the problem in parc ferme

Nico Rosberg

That was a very tough Qualifying session today – especially with the rain at the beginning of Q3. It’s difficult to judge which braking point is best in changing conditions so I was a bit over the limit at times – especially into Turn One. I was lucky there, but in the end I nailed the last lap so I’m quite happy to be starting from pole. On the other side, it’s a real shame for Lewis and the team. I know how much it hurts to have technical failure where there is nothing you can do as a driver. We need to sort out the reliability issues but I know that tonight there will be great team effort to fix his car – just like in Hockenheim where the whole garage pitched in to help rebuild it. It takes away a bit of the excitement when there is no gloves-off battle because that’s what we are here for. But tomorrow is a long race and I’m sure that Lewis can get another good result.

Lewis Hamilton

I can’t really believe it today, there was just nothing I could do. There was an issue with the car as I was coming out of the second to last corner and then the engine just cut out. I thought we could get it back to the garage but then I looked in my mirrors and saw the whole rear end was on fire and that was it. Now we need to see what damage has been done to the car tonight and see whether the gearbox or engine needs to be changed. It’s getting to the point where it’s beyond bad luck now – as a team, we need to do better. Tonight, I need to somehow find the way to turn this into a positive for tomorrow, then build on that going into the race. It will be a very difficult afternoon as it’s one of the hardest circuits to overtake on. But these things are sent to try us and how I come out of it is going to be the most important thing.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL: “After Q2 I thought if we got everything right then we might have been closer to the Mercedes at the end than we were. Nico’s lap was very strong and it’s difficult to match them. But let’s see tomorrow, a lot of things can change if it rains and it may do tomorrow. We just have to focus on ourselves and, if we get a chance, try to make a pass, but the Mercedes is quite a bit quicker than us on the straights. The nature of the circuit here suits us more than it did in Germany, but we’re still quite far off the pace of the Mercedes.”
Valtteri Bottas: We are maybe a little surprised. We knew Red Bull were going to be really quick here, also Ferrari, and Mercedes like always. The nature of the track, in theory, for us is not the best but we have worked well as a team and brought updates that have worked well. We’re still missing some grip compared to some others cars but today was a good day for us. Third and sixth on the grid gives us a chance to get some good points tomorrow.
Stanaway, Lynn, Yelloly

GP3



Stanaway storms to first pole in Budapest

Kiwi Richie Stanaway claimed his maiden pole position in GP3 today, narrowly edging out Series leader from Carlin, Alex Lynn by a mere 0.035s. Nick Yelloly also from Status Grand Prix was in third making it an excellent start to proceedings for the green and black outfit.
Hot temperatures set the scene for the thirty minute qualifying session at the Hungaroring for Round 5 of the 2014 GP3 Series. ART Grand Prix’s Dino Zamparelli was the first driver to lap in the 1m33’s to go P1 by almost half a second with his teammate Alex Fontana his nearest rival.
There were small spins for Sebastian Balthasar, Mathéo Tuscher and Riccardo Agostini with all drivers avoiding contact with barriers, thus able to continue. Red Bull Junior team driver Lynn had set the fastest sector one but at the midway point of the session the Brit was in an unusual position of a lowly P24. His nearest rival in the Series Jimmy Eriksson was only place higher in qualifying at the midway point but got his head down and the Swede shot up to P3.
The Status Grand Prix duo of Yelloly and Stanaway went P2 and P3, with the Brit two tenths off Zamparelli’s best effort. Marussia Manor Racing’s Patrick Kujala rose to P2 whilst Zamparelli further improved on his quickest lap to increase his advantage at the head of the timesheet.
It was all change at the top over the next few minutes with Arden International’s Robert Visoiu posting the best lap, until Lynn jumped from P24 to provisional pole, a tenth faster than the Romanian. There was more excitement to come though with Stanaway setting the fastest time of the session in a 1:33.553.
With 2 minutes and 55 seconds left on the clock the session was red flagged when Alfonso Celis. Jr stopped after contact at with the barrier at Turn 5 and his car was in a dangerous position. Roman De Beer had also spun in a separate incident. Fontana had been on a flier on that lap and had to back off for the red flag with many others driver facing the same predicament on their push laps.
The drivers formed a large queue in the pitlane as they were eager to get back onto the circuit for one final attempt in the fight for pole. Yelloly lit the middle sector purple to move up to P3 but the session would belong to Stanaway at the chequered flag.  Behind Stanaway, Lynn and Yelloly were Visoiu, Zamparelli, Emil Bernstorff, Patric Niederhauser, Fontana, Kujala and Marvin Kirchhöfer.
Race 1 takes place later today at 16:20 local time as the quest for supremacy continues.
Qualifying – Budapest
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:33.553
15
2.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
1:33.588
13
3.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
1:33.679
13
4.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
1:33.729
13
5.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
1:33.771
13
6.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:33.807
14
7.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
1:33.873
13
8.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:33.894
13
9.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
1:33.975
13
10.
Marvin Kirchhöfer*
ART Grand Prix
1:34.076
13
11.
Luis Sa Silva**
Carlin
1:34.084
13
12.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:34.124
14
13.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
1:34.231
13
14.
Mitchell Gilbert
Trident
1:34.253
12
15.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:34.265
14
16.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
1:34.308
12
17.
Roman De Beer
Trident
1:34.327
13
18.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
1:34.346
13
19
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.420
13
20.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
1:34.450
13
21.
Pal Varhaug*
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.545
13
22.
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
1:34.569
13
23.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:34.821
10
24.
Christopher Höher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.776
12
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:35.915
13
26
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:38.632
14
*Issued with a 5 place grid penalty following an incident in Hockenheim Race 2
**Issued with a 5 place grid penalty following an incident in Budapest Free Practice
Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1

F1Weekly podcast # 659



This is a double podcast covering the British and German Grand Prix including Motorsports Mondial and, we have Tech Talk with Tim.

Our bonus this week on the F1Weekly front page is an interview with Pastor Maldonado recently confirmed for 2015 with the Lotus F1 Team.

Are you looking forward to Budapest?

The Hungarian Grand Prix is one of the best of the season. We are very close to Budapest and I like the city very much. There is a big community of fans at the race weekend and the people are very friendly. On track, it can be very challenging. The weather is usually very hot there and it is very demanding from a physical point of view. It is one of the races that I enjoy best because of these demands and I really like the challenge that it presents.

What are your thoughts on the Hungaroring? 

It is a very demanding circuit for drivers as it is often very hot and there are limited overtaking opportunities. It has quite a slow speed layout, so we’ll be able to see how much improvement we’ve made on this type of configuration. Qualifying is so important at this track because of the small number of overtaking opportunities, but I’ve qualified well there in the past so hopefully I can deliver a strong performance that will give the team a boost as we head into the summer break. I have won there in other categories so the track has good memories for me. The fans create a great atmosphere and it’s always good to race at a track where there is a strong feeling like this.

The team recently confirmed you for 2015? 

I joined Lotus F1 Team on a multi-year deal, but there is always talk and gossip in Formula 1 about drivers and teams. We both know we haven’t had the first season either of us wanted in terms of results so this was a clear statement that we’re both committed to working together and getting results in the future. From my perspective, I’m fully behind Lotus F1 Team and I know we’ll achieve great things together.

How would you assess your German Grand Prix?

Though we didn’t score any points it was a good race as we had a reliable car and our lap times weren’t bad relative to our opposition. Qualifying was frustrating, as we didn’t get all we wanted out of the car so it’s always difficult when you start so far back on the grid. We had the suspension changes to get used to, so it was good to run the race distance and get a lot of data to help us for the next races. It was quite an eventful race; I’m happy that we made it to the end without any incidents to report.

What are your plans for the summer break?

Some time with my family of course! They are very important to me so that’s why I spend as much time as I can with them, even over Grands Prix weekends. I think the summer break is more important for the team and all the crew who do so many long hours over the course of the season. For me as a driver, I get pretty well looked after and I don’t have to work late nights on the car. There’s a lot of travel in the second half of the year so we all need to be refreshed and ready to go.

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Williams Massa Austria 2014

FORMULA 1



WILLIAMS F1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW.

Rob Smedley: Hungary is a very high downforce circuit with low efficiency. It’s usually very hot there and with the tyre compounds that Pirelli will be bringing, it’ll be a difficult race. It’s a very important race as it’s the last before the summer break. Psychologically it’s important to get a good haul of points and come away in a strong position. In terms of the track, it’s one where rear tyre graining can be an issue, depending on the modulus of the tyre. In the past, teams have suffered from front graining as well, so it will be a struggle to control both.

Felipe Massa: Hungary is a track where a good power unit is a little less important. Aerodynamics play a higher part and getting good downforce for the corners is vital. We have worked hard to get the car ready for this type of circuit and if that has all worked we should still be competitive. I hope to be able to get lots more points this weekend.

Valtteri Bottas: Budapest is the last race before the summer break. We are aiming for a good result there so we head into the holidays with a good feeling. We know it’s not the best circuit for our car but we are working on getting more grip in the corners and we have some upgrades that should help as well. Qualifying is very important as it’s not an easy track to overtake at; normally the race is hot as well so tyre degradation will be high. A good few practice sessions should help us get the set-up right. There are always a few fans from Finland, it’s almost like a Finnish GP so I hope to pay the fans back with a good result.

German GP Podium 2014

FORMULA 1


2014 GERMAN GRAND PRIX

Nico Rosberg took a dominating home victory at the German Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton finishing in third position, gaining 17 places from the grid. And another podium for Williams driver Vatteri Bottas.

• Nico took his fourth win of 2014 today and the team’s ninth in ten races, taking a lights to flag victory in commanding fashion
• Lewis drove a fantastic race to finish on the podium, gaining seventeen places from his grid position and making a total of 15 on-track overtakes
• Nico ran a two-stop strategy, pitting on laps 15 and 41, running option/prime/prime.
• Lewis converted to a three-stop strategy after sustaining front wing damage, pitting on laps 26, 42 and 50, using prime/prime/option/option
• The team now have more points in the first half of the year (366) than last year’s final total (360)
• Mercedes-Benz power scored its 298th, 299th and 300th F1 podium finishes today; every Mercedes-powered car that finished did so in the points.

Nico Rosberg
Wow, what a great day after so many great events for me this week! I came here hoping for a win and it worked out perfectly. My Silver Arrow was so dominant, thanks to the team for this fantastic car. Before the race I was worried that without the FRIC system the gap in the race would be smaller. But we were again the quickest out there. I did a two stop strategy, which was difficult to manage at the end of the stints as the tyres were almost gone. I’m so happy for Mercedes; it was the first win for many many years in Germany. Thanks for the support here at Hockenheim, the fans were amazing to me. Also at the start I saw a Mexican wave, which was great. Now I look forward to Hungary.

Valtteri Bottas
I am really happy with the way the race went today. As a team we have been unlucky not to have both drivers on the podium as we had the pace. To keep a Mercedes behind at the end of the race was promising showing that it is possible, and the car is very strong. The engineers shared a lot of information with me about the tyres and where Hamilton was and that team work was the key to the good result.  
Lewis Hamilton
First of all, congratulations to Nico on winning his home race; it’s a special feeling and I am very proud that we could put both cars on the podium for Mercedes-Benz in Germany and represent for all the Mercedes employees and fans here this weekend. From a personal point of view, I can’t be too ecstatic about the race because it has been a tough weekend for me and I’ve ultimately lost more points to Nico in the championship battle. But I’m grateful that I could limit the damage with a podium finish. When you are sitting on the grid basically in last place, with no other cars in your mirrors, it’s very hard to imagine that you could be standing up there two hours later. I’m so grateful to the team for this car, I really take my hat off to them for building a machine that can put in that kind of performance. To be honest, it was a pretty straightforward race for me, although I had some trouble following what was going on and where I was running at times. I had a nice battle with Kimi early on, when I was lucky not to damage the front wing, then the incident with Jenson was just unfortunate. He has been such a gentleman this year and not given me too much trouble getting past but it was just a misunderstanding today. I wasn’t close enough to try and pass but I was on the inside line in the corner. It looked like he had gone wide, then he cut back across the corner and perhaps he didn’t see me there. I lost quite a bit of downforce with the damage and it made it very hard to look after the front left tyre. I had a lot of understeer and the tyre was degrading fast, which is the reason why we converted from a two-stop strategy to three. Then the team called me in early on the first set of option tyres because we expected a Safety Car to come out – and I was surprised that there wasn’t one, to be honest I caught Valtteri pretty fast in the final laps but he just had too much straightline speed to get past. I’m doing absolutely everything I can to get back on level terms with Nico in the title battle: I can’t focus more or work harder than I am doing right now. This championship is proving a big challenge for me but that’s how I love it – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.