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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 1, Norisring (D)

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP



Norisring stages FIA F3 European Championship season half-time event

Venue: Norisring
Track length: 2.3 kilometres
Lap record FIA F3: Felix Rosenqvist 2013 (0:48.306 minutes)
Distance: 42 laps

Just a week after having mastered the demanding Formula 1 circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, a.k.a. the Ardennes Rollercoaster, the young Formula 3 drivers now will have to face a completely different challenge: Nuremberg’s Norisring – a street circuit and with a length of 2.3 kilometres the shortest track on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship calendar. Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) have particularly fond memories of Nuremberg. While the Swede won one of the races of the 2013 Norisring meeting and made it to the podium in the other two, Puerto Rico’s Serrallés secured two Norisring podiums in 2012.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, Hockenheim (GER)

Both Rosenqvist and Serrallés must score as many points as possible, this weekend. With 15 races contested, the Swede holds only sixth position in the championship and Felix Serallés has to settle for being only 11th. Last weekend in Belgium, however, the 21-year-old Puerto Rican and his Team West-Tec F3 – a newcomer team on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid – demonstrated their potential and came very close to securing a podium.

Meanwhile, three of the top-five positions in the championship are held by extremely competitive Formula 3 rookies. France’s Lotus F1 Junior Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) is the championship leader, with the experienced Briton Tom Blomqvist following 94 points behind in second position. Rookie Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) won all the three Spa-Francorchamps rounds and consequently leaped to third place. With a total of four race wins, the Dutchman overtook Austria’s Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) who is tied for points with Verstappen. Italian Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam), a Ferrari Driver Academy protégé, holds fifth place and is the third rookie among the five top-placed drivers. All the three rookies are going to contest their first races at the Norisring while Blomqvist and Auer already know the circuit located in the heart of Nuremberg.

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “The Norisring layout looks easy but racing here is anything but a walk in the park. Furthermore, the racing is that close – particularly in the qualifying sessions –, that the slightest mistake can cost you numerous positions. On the positive side we’ve got the fact that the Norisring offers overtaking opportunities. I’ve got fond memories of this venue as the 2013 race meeting went really well, for me. In the years before I had my problems with the track but last year I realised that consistent work can pay off and helps you to even deliver at tracks that you believed to not suit you. My goal for the coming weekend: wins and many points to reduce my deficit in the championship.”

BERNSTORFF BAGS CARLIN’S SECOND WIN IN SPIELBERG

GP3


BERNSTORFF BAGS CARLIN’S SECOND WIN IN SPIELBERG

What a weekend for Carlin – a fantastic one-two in Race 1 with Emil Bernstorff finishing second – and today the Brit went one better by pocketing his debut win in the category in dominant style. Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) drove a determined race to finish second and Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) took the final spot on the rostrum.
Glorious blue skies and warm temperatures were perfect racing conditions for the second GP3 race of the weekend in Austria with Carlin’s Luis Sa Silva starting from reverse pole. However, Marvin Kirchhöfer’s morning did not start well – the German rookie stalled on the pre-grid and despite the best efforts from his ART Grand Prix team, he was unable to start the race. Alex Fontana and Alfonso Celis. Jr started from the pitlane after grid penalties issued after Race 1.
Sa Silva from Angola made a good start but Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) made a better one as the two diced wheel to wheel on the lap one with the Brit passing the Carlin driver on the second lap for the lead of the race. Sa Silva came back at him though in a great duel and re-claimed P1. GP3 Series leader Alex Lynn suffered a puncture after being tagged on the opening lap and had to pit for new Pirelli rubber and finished outside of the points.
At the front of the race, Jenzer Motorsport’s Mathéo Tuscher tried to make a move on Sa Silva and the two made contact, with the Swiss driver’s car going airborne for a quick moment. His race was over, while Sa Silva pitted to repair damage to his car. This incident caused a bottleneck to the drivers behind with Bernstorff grabbing the lead of the race and a swap of positions between the Status Grand Prix drivers with Kiwi Stanaway demoting Yelloly. Eriksson also found a way through to move into third ahead of the Brit during the incident.
Arden International’s Jann Mardenborough who was running in the points spun off into the gravel and retired from the race, whilst Bernstorff at the front began to build a margin to Stanaway and Eriksson. Trident’s Roman De Beer moved up the order and was up to fifth at the midway point of the race. Stanaway was soon in the clutches of Eriksson with the Swede making the move stick for second position.
The battle for the third became a four-way battle with Stanaway, Yelloly, De Beer and Patric Niederhauser (Arden International) all fighting fiercely for the podium place. Bernstorff held an eight second advantage over his next rival Eriksson, whilst South African rookie De Beer got the better of Yelloly to rise to P4.
At the chequered flag, the day would belong to Bernstorff and Carlin after signing off with a stylish win. Eriksson re-enforced his position in the standings to achieve a second podium of the weekend, whilst Stanaway took his second podium of the season. Trident and De Beer were all smiles as they celebrated their first points of the 2014 GP3 campaign, ahead of Yelloly, Niederhauser, Patrick Kujala (Marussia Manor Racing) and Dino Zamparelli (ART Grand Prix) completing the final points positions.
Lynn holds the lead in the Drivers’ Standings on 62 points but Eriksson has gained on him (49). Stanaway lies third on 45 with Bernstorff moving into contention on fourth with 36 after also pocketing two extra points for the fastest lap today. Carlin head the Teams’ Standings with 102, ahead of Status Grand Prix (61), Koiranen GP (49) and Art Grand Prix (45) respectively.
The third round of the GP3 Series will take place at the home of British motorsport: Silverstone! Enjoy the next instalment of the thrilling GP3 Series on 04-06 July.
Spielberg– Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
2.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
3.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
4.
Roman De Beer
Trident
5.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
6.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
7.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
8.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
9.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
10.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
12.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
13.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
14.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
15.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
17.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
18.
Victor Carbone
Trident
19.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
20.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
21
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
22
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
Fastest Lap : Emil Bernstorff- Carlin: 1 :21.439 on lap 11
Lynn Bernstorff Eriksson Spielberg

GP3



Alex Lynn and Emil Bernstorff claim the top spots at the Red Bull Ring

Celebration time for Carlin: Alex Lynn converted his second consecutive pole of his career into a strong lights to flag victory in Austria, with teammate Emil Bernstorff closely following him home to record his maiden GP3 podium. Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson took the final spot on the rostrum in third.

 The atmosphere on the grid was electric with very passionate fans at the Red Bull Ring making themselves heard and as the lights went out it was pole sitter Lynn who made a good getaway to hold position. Behind him however, there was a first corner incident involving Alex Fontana (ART Grand Prix) and the Marussia Manor Racing pair of Dean Stoneman and Patrick Kujala. The Finn was able to continue as the trio made light contact but it was a premature end to the race for Fontana and Stoneman. Arden International’s Robert Visoiu also retired on the opening lap.
Bernstorff made a blazing start to move into P2 behind his teammate Lynn. The safety car was deployed following the incident on lap one and once action resumed Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) was in a hurry to move up the order, passing Eriksson, but the Swede fought back as the two tussled with the Koiranen GP driver making his move to reclaim P3.
Lynn pulled out almost a one second margin over Bernstorff with a further gap of almost four seconds back to their nearest rivals. Alfonso Celis. Jr (Status Grand Prix) made contact with the rear of Adderly Fong’s Jenzer Motorsport car and the duo both retired.
The Carlin pair traded fastest laps for a number of laps but it was Series leader Lynn who got the edge and achieved the quickest lap of the race to pocket a further two points for his efforts. Lynn increased his advantage to over three seconds as the race went on.
Hilmer Motorsport rookie Riccardo Agostini who had a produced a promising qualifying and was running in the top ten retired at the midway point of the race. Marvin Kirchhöfer had his claws into Stanaway but the Kiwi resisted his moves to hold onto fourth, a few seconds behind Eriksson. Nick Yelloly also had his mirrors full with Luis Sa Silva with the Brit getting the better of his former teammate.
After 18 laps the chequered flag was waved and it was Lynn and Bernstorff first across the line much to the joy of their British squad. Eriksson, Stanaway, Kirchhöfer, Mathéo Tuscher (Jenzer Motorsport) and Yelloly completed the top seven. Sa Silva scored his first GP3 point and will start from reverse pole in Race 2. Kujala finished ninth, ahead of Patric Niederhauser who defended with all his might from his Arden International teammate Jann Mardenborough in the closing laps.
Lynn increases his advantage in the Drivers’ Standings, the Brit is now on 62 points with Eriksson in second on 37. Stanaway (35), Kirchhöfer (26) and Mathéo Tuscher (24) complete the top five. After all three Carlin drivers have scored points in Race 1, they sit pretty at the top of the Teams’ Standings on 85, with Status Grand Prix (45), ART Grand Prix (44), Koiranen GP (37) and Marussia Manor Racing (35) rounding out the top five.
Catch Race 2 tomorrow morning at 09.25 local time when the fight for supremacy continues!
Spielberg – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
2.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
3.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
4.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
5.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
6.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
7.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
8.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
9.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
10.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
11.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
12.
Roman De Beer
Trident
13.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
14.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
15.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
16.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
17.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
18.
Victor Carbone
Trident
19.
Nikolay Martsenko
Hilmer Motorsport
20.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
Not Classified
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Dean Stoneman
Status Grand Prix
Marussia Manor Racing
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
 
Fastest Lap : Alex Lynn– Carlin : 1 :21. 557 on lap 17
Williams Massa Austria 2014

Formula 1



FELIPE MASSA PUTS THE WILLIAMS ON POLE FOR THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX!

(Reuters) – Brazilian Felipe Massa seized his first Formula One pole position since 2008 as a resurgent Williams swept the front row of the starting grid on Saturday in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas took second place for the Mercedes-powered former world champions with championship leader Nico Rosberg third fastest for Mercedes.

Austria quali podium 2014

It was the first time this season that dominant Mercedes had not taken pole and the race will see Williams’ first start from the front of the grid since Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado in Spain in 2012.

“Williams are back to the top, they are back to fight. I am pleased for me and the team as well,” declared an emotional Massa whose last pole was with Ferrari at his home grand prix before finishing that season as runner-up.

“After a long time I hope this is just the beginning of great possibilities. I hope to be in this position again,” added the Brazilian who suffered near-fatal head injuries in a freak accident in Hungary in 2009.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg’s team mate and closest championship rival who is 22 points behind the German after seven races, had a nightmare session.

The 2008 world champion will start ninth after his first flying lap of the revamped Red Bull Ring was disallowed because he exceeded track limits and he then spun on his final attempt.

Red Bull’s quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel fared even worse, qualifying 13th at what counts as a home circuit for the team.

“I’m not happy, let’s put it that way,” said the German. “I think anything is possible tomorrow but surely we are not as quick as we’d like to be.”

Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the previous race in Canada, qualified ahead of Vettel yet again and will start fifth, behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

The last time two Williams drivers lined up together on the front row was in Germany 11 years ago – the year Austria was last on the calendar.

“I am so happy with what has happened today, with us, our team, it was such a great moment. It is a long time since I last had a pole position,” Massa told reporters.

Bottas also celebrated his best ever qualifying performance.

“It’s a great result for the team. We’ve made progress throughout the year and now we get this result. The hard work is all paying off,” said the Finn.

“It will be a different story tomorrow I think. We have a big, big job to keep the Mercedes cars behind us – and some of the other cars – Ferrari and Red Bull – can do well also.”

(Writing by Alan Baldwin, editing by Tony Jimenez)

Austria

Formula 1


2014 AUSTRIA GRAND PRIX – PRACTICE

The first practice sessions for the eighth race of the season took place today in Spielberg, Austria. 

• Lewis Hamilton set the best time of the day, closely followed by Nico Rosberg in their F1 debut at this circuit
• The Silver Arrows were the only two cars to post a lap time under 1:10 today, both in the second session
• Nico required a change of ERS cooling pump between the two sessions, which was completed successfully
• The drivers completed a total of 138 laps today, equivalent to nearly two race distances

Lewis Hamilton
It didn’t feel bad out there today considering this is a new track to me. Already after the first few laps I was feeling comfortable and always seemed to be finding time with new lines and improvements. To be as quick as I was considering others have already driven this track is a great feeling. It was very windy out there today, but we got a lot of running and we feel set for the race on Sunday. The high speed corners were working the rear tyres hard but they seemed to cope well. The feeling was good for both sets of tyres, even in the long runs, so if the car is like this for the race, I’m in a good place. The goal for tomorrow will be pole position but there is still a long straight up to turn two so anything can happen in the race.

Nico Rosberg
I did a lot of laps today and on a new track every lap is important for the learning process, so I’m quite happy with that. In general it was a complicated day for me, so there is still some lap time to find compared to my teammate and there is a lot of work required from me tonight. My car is bouncing a lot down the straights and that continues into my braking zones, so it was difficult there. But I’m sure we can improve on that. It is really great to be back on this wonderful track again, thanks to Bernie and Mr. Mateschitz. Austria definitely needs an F1 race. There we so many fans out there already, which is great to see.

Toto Wolff
First of all, it is a fantastic feeling to be back racing in Austria. My compliments go to Dietrich Mateschitz on a fantastic facility, which is a great international showcase for our country. It feels like a home race for our team, too; for myself and Niki of course – but also because of the fantastic support we have seen from the passionate F1 fans here in Spielberg. I am sure we can expect an incredible atmosphere tomorrow and especially on Sunday. We had a good day out on track – the car is competitive and both drivers seemed pretty comfortable out there. But it wasn’t a trouble-free day, with some small issues that cost us track time on both sides of the garage. It’s always better to find these things on Friday than Sunday, of course. But we will be working hard to make sure there is no recurrence so we can get both cars to the chequered flag as safely and competitively as possible.

Paddy Lowe
We covered the work we needed to do during first practice and, although the session was slightly disrupted by light rain showers, we managed to run the car at both high and low fuel levels. This is a great circuit and, as expected, is proving hard on brakes; similarly, the effective loss of downforce experienced from running at altitude meant lots of drivers were struggling to put together consistent laps. Nico and Lewis were both happy with the car today and able to set competitive times. Nico suffered a problem with the ERS system in P1 which we were able to fix for the afternoon. We then had to cut Lewis’ afternoon session slightly short as a precaution after he experienced a different ERS issue. The weather forecast predicts dry conditions across the rest of the weekend, so we will be working tonight to prepare the cars accordingly for tomorrow and Sunday.

Julian Leal (Carlin)

GP2



Julian Leal leads the way at the Red Bull Ring

Carlin’s Julian Leal has opened the fourth round of the season in fine style: the Colombian set the quickest laptime of this morning’s free practice session in a 1:15.652 ahead of Racing Engineering’s teammates Raffaele Marciello and Stefano Coletti.
The session opened on a treacherous track as light rain fell on the Austrian circuit. The twenty-six drivers however all opted to get a taste of the Red Bull Ring on Pirelli Medium tyres. Series leader Jolyon Palmer set the early pace, but as the drivers got to grips with this new venue, the laptimes rapidly tumbled down and after ten minutes it was Alexander Rossi who was sitting pretty at the top in a 1:16.544.
Halfway through the session, Palmer was able to find some extra pace to move back up to P1 but his time was immediately bettered by Coletti whilst Marciello moved up to second. Felipe Nasr was the first man to break under 1m16s, but Ferrari’s protégé Marciello went quicker to edge the Brazilian out of the top spot. In the dying minutes, Leal put his head down and was able to set the best laptime of the session, one tenth quicker than the Italian. At the chequered flag, the rain picked up again and no one improved on their last attempt. Leal, Marciello, Coletti, Nasr, Johnny Cecotto, Mitch Evans, Daniel Abt, Rene Binder, Stoffel Vandoorne and Palmer completed the top ten.
With the weather being unpredictable and everyone still fairly new to the track, this afternoon’s qualifying session promises to be interesting.
Spielberg – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:15.652
24
2.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:15.768
20
3.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:15.830
23
4.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:15.944
21
5.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:16.189
26
6.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:16.192
24
7.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:16.300
25
8.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:16.426
22
9.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:16.463
22
10.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:16.502
24
11.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:16.544
20
12.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:16.572
21
13.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
1:16.620
24
14.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:16.620
24
15.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:16.721
24
16.
Daniiel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:16.865
22
17.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:16.888
21
18.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:17.104
24
19
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:17.169
23
20.
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:17.169
23
21.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:17.171
22
22.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:17.288
20
23.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:17.300
22
24.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:17.370
22
25.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:17.605
22
26.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:17.785
16