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MOTORSPORTS REUNION

DEREK HILL, A TIPO151, AND OTHER DELIGHTS

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.

SAINZ WINS AT MONZA

Sainz wis at Monza 2014

CARLOS SAINZ GETS HIS REVENGE AT MONZA

Carlos Sainz (DAMS) took his first win in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Unlucky yesterday, the Red Bull Junior Team driver answered by dominating qualifying and the race on the Autodromo di Monza. He won ahead of Marlon Stöckinger (Lotus) and Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports) and is now tied for the championship lead with Will Stevens (Strakka Racing) and Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport).

Following a technical incident that prevented him from demonstrating his speed during race 1, Carlos Sainz was back in dominating form on Sunday morning. After a contested first run, the Spaniard trounced the competition in the waning minutes of the session. His lap time of 1’32’’684 guaranteed the pole with a margin of 7/10ths of a second from Marlon Stöckinger. Jazeman Jaafar (ISR) and William Buller (Arden Motorsport) qualified on row two.

At the start of the formation lap, the car of Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) remained blocked on the starting grid. When the lights went out, Carlos Sainz put in a perfect launch to quickly pull away from the rest of the field led by Marlon Stöckinger, Sergey Sirotkin and Luca Ghiotto (International Draco Racing), who started seventh and ninth. Jazeman Jaafar (ISR) had the worst start, dropping to seventh place.

With a string of fastest laps, Carlos Sainz progressively increased his lead from his pursuers. The battles for position where further down the order. Pierre Gasly and Jazeman Jaafar battled for fifth place, while Nikolay Martsenko (Comtec Racing) passed several cars to move into the top 10.

At the end of a race in which he was fully in control, Carlos Sainz won going away. Marlon Stöckinger and Sergey Sirotkin joined him on the podium, followed by Luca Ghiotto and Pierre Gasly, the top rookies of the day. Nikolay Martsenko overtook Jazeman Jaafar on the final lap for sixth place. Pietro Fantin (International Draco Racing) and Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) crossed the line ahead of Oliver Rowland, who picked up the one point for tenth place after having started the race from pit lane.

Quotes

Carlos Sainz: ”It has been a really good weekend. From the first laps in practice, I was confident with the car. Unfortunately, yesterday has been a lot of points thrown out, but these things happen in motor racing. I dominated all the sessions and I can’t thank the team enough for their work and dedication. We will not stop to work to get the points back.”

Marlon Stöckinger: ”The team did a really great job because I was really on pace all weekend. We knew we were competitive and we finally demonstrated all the work we did during winter testing. Congrats to the whole team for their support.”

Sergey Sirotkin: ”This podium brings to an end to what was a difficult weekend for the team. We didn’t stop looking to solve the problem and this allowed me to be closer to the front today. The key was the start, when I immediately moved up to third place before settling in to concentrate on my race.”

F3 European Championship

FIA Formula 3 European Championship Test Hungaroring (H)

FIA FORMULA F3 PRE-SEASON TEST

Serrallés sets first fastest test time for newcomer team West-Tec F3

In bright sunshine, the young drivers of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship completed their third official pre-season test day at the Red Bull Ring in Austria today. Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3, 1:25.244 minutes) from Puerto Rico ended up as fastest driver of the day at the 4.326 kilometres long track and ensured that the newcomer team topped the time sheets already after only its second official outing. Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Jogonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:25.328 minutes) was classified second, followed by compatriot Riccardo Agostini (Eurointernational, 1:25.617 minutes) and Swede Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:25.657 minutes).

Contrarily to all the forecasts, the sun shone brightly all day long over the Formula 1 circuit in Styria. At the end of the day, Félix Serrallés emerged as the fastest driver and was very happy with the performance of his new team West-Tec F3: “This fastest time is very nice, of course, and even more so considering that we only had our car ready last week.”

Third-placed Riccardo Agostini was equally happy. With his time, he was the fastest rookie in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship; only Formula 3 stalwarts Serrallés and Giovinazzi were even faster at the Red Bull Ring. “After last week’s two days of testing at Hungaroring, we have made good progress and I am starting to feel well prepared for the season opener at Silverstone. I am also happy that I am now able to race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship after having tested only one day last season.” Agostini is also positive about the paddle-shift system, new for this season, with which drivers select gears by means of shift paddles behind the steering wheel: “It makes driving easier and safer, because we no longer need to take our hands off the steering wheel to shift gears.”

Fifth-placed Edward Jones (Carlin, 1:25.794 minutes) ended up as the second-fastest rookie in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship on Tuesday. “I have learned from my experience after the two days of testing in Budapest and I have adapted my driving style to suit the car even better. Today, I was fast both in the morning and in the afternoon, which is very important. After all, I believe that consistency is the key to a successful season.” Jones was pleased with the paddle-shift system, too: “These technologies from Formula 1 are arriving in junior single seater series, which in turn is bringing them closer to the pinnacle. According to me, that is very important.”

Jones was followed by Canadian Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam, 1:25.847 minutes), rookie drivers Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam, 1:25.851 minutes) and Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:25.863 minutes) and Jordan King (Carlin, 1:25.956 minutes), plus novice Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam, 1:25.974 minutes).

Formula 1

Malaysia GP podium 2014

LEWIS HAMILTON SAILS TO MALAYSIAN GP VICTORY-

Lewis Hamilton took a lights-to-flag victory at the 2014 PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg completing the first one-two finish for the Mercedes Silver Arrows since Juan Manuel Fangio and Piero Taruffi at the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.

– Lewis claimed his 23rd Formula One career victory and his second for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS today at Sepang
– He took the chequered flag with an advantage of 17 seconds and set the fastest lap of the race on lap 52 
– Lewis stopped on laps 15 and 33 for medium tyres, switching to the hard compound at his final stop on lap 51
– Finishing in second place, Nico achieved his 13th Formula One career podium and his 11th for the team
– He followed the same tyre strategy as Lewis, stopping on laps 14, 32 and 50 
– Lewis’ victory was the 15th for the Silver Arrows in Formula One and the 101st for Mercedes-Benz power

Lewis Hamilton

I’m incredibly happy today. This is my first win in Malaysia after eight attempts and to do it for our PETRONAS family in their home country makes it even more special. It’s all down to the team. They have done a fantastic job and I have to say a huge thank you to everyone here at the track and back at our factories who have been pushing non-stop to get the car where it is. The race was tougher than it perhaps looked today and the conditions here always make it a great challenge. But I was able to look after the car, the tyres and the fuel and still keep a bit of pace in hand which made my job that little bit easier. It´s great to see Mercedes leading the championship but we know that we have to make these early races pay. Anything can happen as we saw in Australia, so this is an important result for us. One-two finishes don´t happen very often and this is a real achievement for the team. Finally, I would like to offer this victory in tribute to all those affected by the tragedy of MH370. A special mention also goes to my step-mum Linda for her 50th birthday tomorrow!

Nico Rosberg

This is an incredible day for our team and for Mercedes-Benz. Everyone back at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth, and all employees of Mercedes-Benz, can feel very proud today. For the first time in the modern Silver Arrows era, we have achieved a one-two finish which is an incredible result. The team did a phenomenal job over the winter and my thanks once again for that. I also want to thank our partners PETRONAS. They have given our team so much support, along with the best products for our power unit, so we are proud to be associated with them and I hope they enjoy the celebrations today. I had a great start again, even though it was tight with Sebastian. It was very close at the wall and I just closed the eyes, went for the gap and did it. Later I was able to control the pace and to defend my position against Seb but Lewis was out of my reach, so congratulations to him for his win. I really look forward now to next weekend in Bahrain.

Sebastian Vettel 

“We have certainly made a good step forwards, but we still have a lot of work to do. It’s great to get a podium finish today. Considering where we were, not even two months ago, I think this weekend is a massive step in the right direction. It’s a shame we didn’t finish with both cars, but it’s good to see the car is quick and we need the laps; for now it’s important to collect points. The guys are pushing back in the factory and at Renault – it’s been a massive job from them – and we’ll try to be up there very soon again. It was a shame to lose a place at the start, but third was our maximum position today, so I’m very happy with that. It’s a shame for Daniel with what happened, he drove really well.”

GP2

Rossi GP2 test 2014

ALEXANDER ROSSI LEADS THE WAY IN SAKHIR.
American driver quickest in Day 1 at Bahrain International Circuit
The final GP2 Series pre-season test session opened today at Bahrain International Circuit on a dirty track. There was one change in the drivers’ entry list compared to last week as Vittorio Ghirelli joined Trident in car 22. Pirelli provided every driver with five sets of Hard compounds and two sets of Soft compounds for the three days of testing.
Stoffel Vandoorne was the first driver to feed onto the track as soon as the lights turned green, but it was Jolyon Palmer who set the early pace. The first half of the session was pretty quiet as drivers waited for the track to get cleaner. Kimiya Sato was the first man to set a laptime inside the 1m42s with Daniel De Jong first and then Julian Leal bettering the Japanese’s time to snatch the top spot. Facu Regalia broke the 1m42s barrier along with Mitch Evans, but the Kiwi remained two tenths slower than the Argentine driver. Rio Haryanto found some extra pace to set a laptime of 1:41.400, but Felipe Nasr went even quicker and with one hour left on the clock, the Brazilian sat pretty at the top of the standings. Regalia was on a mission and improved on Nasr’s laptime by five hundredths. Twenty minutes before the end of the session, a red flag briefly halted the proceedings as Takuya Izawa stopped on track. The action resumed but a second red flag happened soon after when Simon Trummer hit the kerb at Turn 10 and stopped on track. In the dying minutes, Arthur Pic moved up to P1, but at the chequered flag it was Daniel Abt who dipped under 1m41s and finished the session at the top, five tenths ahead of Pic. Abt’s teammate Regalia, Nasr, Haryanto, Alexander Rossi, Stéphane Richelmi, Evans, Johnny Cecotto and Jon Lancaster completed the top ten.
The afternoon session saw Palmer taking to the track first, but it was Vandoorne who set the early pace in a 1:41.916. As the clock ticked down, the top spot was claimed successively by Richelmi, Raffaele Marciello and Nasr. Evans became the first man to go under 1m41s and stayed on top of the standings until there were thirty minutes left in the session. Conor Daly went quickest in a 1:40.734, but countryman Rossi was able to go one tenth faster to snatch P1. Abt moved up to P2 just before the session was shortly red flagged. The session was restarted with only ten minutes left on the clock. Evans moved up to P3 on his final attempt and at the chequered flag, Rossi remained the quickest man of the day ahead of Abt and Evans. Behind the trio, Daly, Palmer, Cecotto, Marciello, Ghirelli, Nasr and Vandoorne completed the top ten.
Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time.
Morning results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.676
17
2. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:41.192
17
3. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.327
15
4. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.352
12
5. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.400
13
6. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.460
13
7. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:41.631
14
8. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.663
16
9. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:41.671
12
10. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.711
12
11. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:41.739
27
12. André Negrao Arden International 1:41.849
15
13.
Julian Leal Carlin 1:41.986
15
14. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:41.995
15
15. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:42.122
17
16. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:42.189
13
17. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:42.231
17
18. Rene Binder Arden International 1:42.286
14
19. Daniiel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:42.348
15
20.
Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:42.375
18
21. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:42.405
6
22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:42.600
12
23. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:42.614
19
24. Vittorio Ghirelli Trident
1:43.294
14
25. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix
2:05.004
34
26. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix
2:08.207
32
Afternoon results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:40.604
30
2. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.616
26
3. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:40.680
25
4. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.734
20
5. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:40.769
23
6. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:40.829
13
7. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:40.932
25
8. Vittorio Ghirelli
Trident
1:40.976
21
9. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.022
23
10. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:41.041
28
11.
Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.045
22
12. Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:41.065
21
13. Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:41.131
28
14. Julian Leal
Carlin
1:41.195
17
15. Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:41.275
23
16. Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:41.359
23
17. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:41.368
21
18. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering
1:41.394
23
19. Rene Binder Arden International
1:41.426
21
20. André Negrao Arden International
1:41.438
18
21. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax
1:41.548
23
22. Simon Trummer Rapax
1:41.709
18
23. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:41.726
25
24. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:42.013
29
25. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:42.204
23
26. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport
1:42.282
19

Formula 1

Williams FW36

BAHRAIN TEST DAY THREE WILLIAMS ON TOP—

Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer:  Having covered most of the bases in terms of reliability, we concentrated more on performance today as we had planned to do. As we don’t get the opportunity to test very much on a race weekend, we really look to do some significant tests when we have the tyres available to do so and we did some pretty positive tests today to continue learning about the car. This afternoon we did a full qualifying simulation with Felipe and we are pleased with how that turned out, so it’s been a good day for us.

Felipe Massa: We had a very good day today doing almost 100 laps. We did a lot more performance work in the car which is something that we haven’t done so much of so far. I’m really happy with the car and feel we found a good balance. We did so much work on the set-up but it is very important that we go to Australia prepared. Of course you are always happy when you see your name at the top in first place, but as well as performance, today was good for the mileage and reliability of the car which we know is needed for Australia. You can never be sure that you are 100% ready for the first race, but I feel that what we have done in these days testing has been important for making sure that we have a car that can not only get to the end of the race, but that will have good performance as well.