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Calado scorches to sprint victory


James Calado dominated his rivals with a crushing display of speed and guile in sauna- like conditions to claim the final win of the season at today’s sprint race in Abu Dhabi ahead of Dani Clos and champion Fabio Leimer, while Sam Bird’s fourth place secured victory for his RUSSIAN TIME squad in the teams’ championship.

The win was set up at the start: front row starters Johnny Cecotto and Felipe Nasr had poor starts but left enough space for the Briton to slice between the pair and into the lead, and when they tripped over themselves at turn one Cecotto was spun around and tagged by Alexander Rossi, with Clos, Leimer, Daniel Abt and Bird sneaking through before the safety car emerged for the stricken vehicles.
Calado made a solid restart as the rest of the field shook out behind him, with Bird spotting a chance and taking Abt’s position from him: the German fought back valiantly, but when Bird shut the door at the marina Ericsson was there to pick up any scraps, and Abt had to make do with what he had.
Stephane Richelmi and Jon Lancaster had a huge battle throughout the race, but it got up close and personal on lap nine when the pair came together at the marina: the Briton was spun into retirement, prompting another safety car period to negotiate: Calado did a great job of controlling his rivals before powering off into the distance once again.
The Briton built such a lead that he was able to slow down over the final laps and nurse his car home: Calado’s brought his second win of the season home ahead of a clearly delighted Clos, on the podium for the first time this year, and new champion Leimer. Bird made up a little for his disappointments yesterday by bringing home fourth and the teams’ title, just ahead of Abt and Ericsson, while Simon Trummer and Sergio Canamasas held off Stefano Coletti’s race-long efforts to get into the points.
Fabio Leimer is the 2013 GP2 champion with a total points haul of 201, ahead of Sam Bird on 191 and James Calado, whose win today leapfrogged him over Felipe Nasr for third, 157 points to 154. RUSSIAN TIME are the 2013 GP2 teams’ champions in their first season in the championship with 273 points: Carlin have the same total but are vice-champions on a win count back, with Racing Engineering finishing the year third with 263 points.
Abu Dhabi – Sprint Race
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
Sam Bird
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
Marcus Ericsson
Simon Trummer
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Stefano Coletti
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
Mitch Evans
Arden International
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Felipe Nasr
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Stéphane Richelmi
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
Not Classified
Jolyon Palmer
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing

F1Weekly podcast # 641

Celebration in Dubai after clinching fourth consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships
Celebration in Dubai after clinching fourth consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships
Clark and Nasir Hameed talk about the Indian Grand Prix and Sebastian Vettel’s fourth world Championship and of course Red Bull has to show off with this…
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – To celebrate winning the Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships for the fourth consecutive year, Infiniti Red Bull Racing ran one of its Formula One cars at one of the most recognised locations on earth.
Perched 210 metres above the sea, on a helipad 24 metres wide, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s 750bhp Formula One car became the first to run on the Burj Al Arab helipad. Usually reserved for on-track use, the car was involved in a spectacular show of burning rubber and tyre smoke, against a stunning backdrop of the Arabian Gulf, overlooking scenic views of Dubai’s impressive skyline.
Seconds after completing donuts in the car, David Coulthard stepped out of the cockpit and said: “That was a lot of fun. When Red Bull first suggested the idea to me I said ‘why not?’. I like getting involved with anything that pushes the boundaries and it’s what Red Bull stands for. I think this will produce fantastic, iconic shots in an amazing town and I’m really privileged to be part of it.” 

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Formula 1

Ross Brawn


Brawn and Mercedes have failed to reach an agreement on a role in which he would have been happy to stay at the team, sources close to Mercedes said.

Mercedes will now be run in tandem by their two executive directors, Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe, along with non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

Both Mercedes and Brawn refused to comment on the development. Brawn’s impending departure follows months of talks between Mercedes bosses and the man who masterminded Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles at Benetton and Ferrari.

Brawn also headed Jenson Button’s title-winning 2009 season, entering privately as Brawn GP following Honda’s withdrawal from the sport. Mercedes eventually took over the team for 2010. The German company had originally signed Lowe, who was formerly the technical director of McLaren, last winter with the intention of him replacing Brawn with immediate effect.

But plans then changed, with Mercedes saying they wanted a ‘soft transition’, that they would like Brawn to stay.

Lauda pushed for Brawn to remain at the team, but the stumbling block was over the level of authority he would have. Brawn, 58, wanted to stay in overall charge. However, sources close to the team say that option was never open.

Mercedes believe a single team principal is an outdated concept given the complexities of modern F1. They were hoping to persuade Brawn to stay on in a role that did not involve the day-to-day running of the team.


Kubica Wins WRC2

RALLY RACC – RALLY DE ESPAÑA – 24-27/10/2013 – WRC2—

20130331288Robert Kubica and Maciek Baran dominated on tarmac and then controlled from the front on gravel to take their fifth win of the year at Rally de España. The Pole thus claimed the FIA WRC2 crown at the end of a perfect season, which he will conclude at the wheel of a DS3 WRC at next month’s Wales Rally GB.

The seventh and final event of Robert Kubica’s WRC2 programme, Rally de España provided the Pole with a major challenge since he had a chance to wrap up the title with a podium finish. Having already won four times this season (in Greece, Sardinia, Germany and France), the Citroën DS3 RRC driver was determined to finish in style whilst also accumulating as much experience as possible at the championship’s only mixed surface event.

After setting off from the square in front of Barcelona Cathedral, the competitors contested three night stages on Friday evening. On the first 21km-long stage, Robert Kubica beat his nearest rival by some 26 seconds! Maintaining his impressive form on the other two stages, he ended the first leg over 50s ahead of Elfyn Evans.

Keeping up his good pace the next day, he consolidated his lead at the rate of around half a second per kilometre. At the midday service, the gap to second place was 1:31.0. After winning the rally’s first eight stages, Robert only eased off slightly on the Salou super special stage. As Evans retired at that point, his lead over the second-placed driver exceeded the four-minute barrier!

With such a big lead, the challenge on day three was to finish the rally without jeopardizing the result taking shape. Whilst remaining focussed, Robert conceded a few seconds on the opening stages. However, he set the fastest time on the final two stages to finish the race in style, beating Yazeed Al-Rajhi into second by over five minutes.

Having scored 144 points out of a maximum possible of 150, Robert Kubica therefore becomes the first ever WRC2 champion. It is a title that crowns a season full of discoveries for the Pole: “Perhaps you’ll think that this result has been easily obtained, but I can assure you that it has been difficult from start to finish! When I began my season in Portugal, it was my first rally on gravel and I had to come up with answers to the hundreds of questions I had. After that, every event was totally different to the ones that went before, including those on tarmac. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this success, starting with Citroën Racing, PH Sport and my partner Lotos, without whom I wouldn‘t be here today.”

Robert also admitted that he wouldn’t be resting on his laurels for very long, preferring to focus on the challenges ahead: “In fact, I never really celebrated my win at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, so don’t expect any big celebrations from me! If people are happy that I have had some good results, then I’m pleased for them! The main thing for me is that I have improved, that I have made progress on gravel in spite of the limitations of my arm… I still have a lot of work to do before I can be totally satisfied, because I am very demanding of myself.”

In recognition of their performances, Robert Kubica and Maciek Baran will line up at Wales Rally GB (13-17 November) in the DS3 WRC of the Abu Dhabi Citroën Total World Rally Team.

F1Weekly podcast # 640

Jack Harvey

Clark and Nasir discuss the Japanese Grand Prix results, we have Motorsports Mondial and another great interview with GP3 driver Jack Harvey—

Jack Harvey is one of Britain’s brightest motor racing prospects. Aged 20 he has already won ten driver Championships, including the 2012 British F3 Championship, and is touted by a number of industry experts as one to watch for the future. Find out more about how Jack got into racing, what makes him tick and what his ambitions are for the future.THIS YEAR:
In 2013 I will be competing for the Lotus GP team in the GP3 Series. The GP3 Series supports the European leg of the Formula One Championship so it will be great to back racing at the same circuits as Formula One. It is a privilege to be racing for Lotus GP who have such a fantastic history in motorsport and I can’t wait to get into the new GP3 car in 2013. I am also fortunate to be supported by the Racing Steps Foundation which plays a huge part in enabling me to race in these top level Championships and I am very grateful for their support again this year. 

Motorsport has been in my family for as long as I can remember. My Dad was into karting when he was younger and more recently he raced in the National Auto Grass Championship and won his class in 2002. My Uncle is also a motorsports fan and still races supercars so I’ve been around motor racing my entire life.As a child I was quite into my football, playing for the local village football team with my friends from school. It was actually my Dad who first got me started in Karting. He thought it would be something I’d enjoy and suggested I have a go.What surprises a lot of people is that I didn’t enjoy my first experience of Karting! I was still very young and didn’t know anyone at the Karting track and to be honest I was happier playing football with my friends. I wasn’t very comfortable the first few times I had a go in the Kart and therefore wasn’t very quick and when you’re young and not immediately very good at something it doesn’t really make it enjoyable!

However, my Dad encouraged me to stick at it and I’m grateful he did as I started to get better at Karting, I made a group of friends at the track and really start to enjoy it. Bit by bit I began to win races and then Championships and I started to believe that this was something that I was good at and could potentially have a career in, and the rest is history!

The ultimate dream has always been to race in Formula One as this is the top level of motorsports and where you can find the best racing drivers in the world. I’m always pushing myself to be the best I can, so the aim is to be in a position to race against the best drivers out there.

But I know that there is a long journey ahead of me to get to Formula One so the main focus at the moment is to take one year at a time and to focus on winning each Championship and pushing to be best driver I can be.


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Formula 1

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 2, Vallelunga (I)


Red Bull junior driver Daniil Kvyat will be racing for the Toro Rosso Formula 1 team next season. The 19-year-old Russian, who is based in Rome, has been competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this season. He was very successful in his first Formula 3 year with the British squad Carlin, even though he was not able to score points while being a guest starter: In the third weekend of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg at the beginning of May, Kvyat already scored his first podium finish. Moreover, the young Russian was on the podium after finishing second in all three races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. For the frontrunner, the undisputed season highlight was the weekend at Zandvoort in September with one victory, one second and one fourth place. Due to test drives with his new Formula 1 car, the Red Bull junior driver had to miss the final event of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season at Hockenheim.

After his maiden victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Kvyat commented: “Winning a race in such a high-level championship represents a lot in my opinion and even more for the people following my career. I have to thank the Carlin team as I’ve learned a lot with them. Formula 3 is a branch of the sport in which we absorb very important information in the technical area, so it’s great to be racing with such a team. Now I’ve become a member of the very select club of Red Bull drivers who’ve won a race in Formula 3 with Carlin, in particular Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. If I can follow in their footsteps one day that’ll suit me down to the ground!”

Next season, Kvyat will now be racing alongside Jean-Eric Vergne for the Scuderia Toro Rosso; so that 2014 Scuderia Toro Rosso will feature a 100 percent Formula 3 driver line-up in Formula 1. The Russian was thus given the nod over Antonio Félix da Costa, who had tested for both Red Bull and Toro Rosso in July. So far, Kvyat kept a rather low profile, but is now all the more exited about this incredible step in his career: “This is fantastic news, a dream come true and I want to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this priceless opportunity. Ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula 1 and now that wish will become reality next season. I had a brief taste of working with the Toro Rosso team, when I drove for them at the Silverstone test and I enjoyed the experience very much. The fact I am based in Italy and speak Italian will, I am sure, help me to become part of the team very quickly.”

For decades, Formula 3 has been the ideal stepping stone into motorsport’s premier category, Formula 1. Not less than 17 drivers of the 2013 line-up of the F1 honed their skills in Formula 3. Formula 1 World Champions Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Mika Häkkinen, Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna, to name but a few examples from the last three decades, all moved up through the ranks of Formula 3 into the sport’s top class. In the years to come, Kvyat’s name could also be added to this list