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Patric Niederhauser (Arden International)

GP3



Arden International’s Patric Niederhauser victorious in Hungary

He’s back! The smile could not have been bigger for Swiss ace Patric Niederhauser who climbed to the top step of the podium today at the Hungaroring. The Arden International ace made a fantastic start to steal the lead and claimed his third win of his GP3 career, his first rostrum of the 2014 season. ART Grand Prix’s Dino Zamparelli was second, with Niederhauser’s teammate Jann Mardenborough third.
Zamparelli started from reverse pole but the Brit didn’t make the best getaway – Niederhauser in third made a lightning one to edge in front to sneak into the lead. Mardenborough from the front row also made a good start, with Zamparelli trying to claw back the lead going into Turn one. All three braked hard but it was Niederhauser who exited the turn in front with Zamparelli and Mardenborough duelling for second position.
Zamparelli fought back to move up to second on lap one with Niederhauser leading the Brit by just over half a second. Yellow flags were waved at turn 5 on lap three after Santiago Urrutia spun and his Koiranen GP machine had to be removed.
Series leader Alex Lynn held fourth which a charging Robert Visoiu hot on his tail. Lynn reduced the deficit to Mardenborough in third with a thrilling three-way battle developing which became the main focus of the race. Niederhauser started to pull away, increasing his lead to just over two seconds with his teammate falling ever closer into the clutches of the Carlin and Red Bull Junior driver.
The battle for P6 was also on: yesterday’s race winner Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) had moved up two places and saw off the advances of Dean Stoneman (Marussia Manor Racing) and Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff during the midway point of the race.
With three laps remaining, Lynn mounted his attack on Mardenborough, he attempted an overtake going into turn one but backed off and waited to see if he could seize the opportunity elsewhere on the lap.
Bernstorff had been hounding Stoneman in the final laps and passed him before the chequered flag to snatch seventh. The joy and relief was clear for all to see when Niederhauser crossed the line to celebrate his best result of the campaign ahead of Zamparelli. Mardenborough held on under huge pressure from Lynn for the final spot on the podium, with Visoiu, Stanaway, Bernstorff and Stoneman collecting the final points on offer.
Lynn remains on top in the Drivers’ Standings going into the summer break. The Carlin star has 134 points compared to Stanaway, Eriksson, Bernstorff and Kirchhöfer who are on 103, 85, 85 and 80 respectively.
Carlin continues to hold the advantage in the Teams’ Standings on 233, with Status Grand Prix on 177 and ART Grand Prix on 144.
GP3 will return to action at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps on the 22-24 August 2014.
Budapest – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
2.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
3.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
4.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
5.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
6.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
7.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
8.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
9.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
10.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
12.
Roman De Beer
Trident
13.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
14.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
15.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
17.
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
18.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
19.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
20.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
21.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
23.
Christopher Höher
Jenzer Motorsport
24.
Mitchell Gilbert
Trident
25.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
Not Classified
 
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
 
 
Fastest Lap : Mitchell Gilbert – Trident : 1 :31. 758 on lap 6
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.
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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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.
Felipe Nasr (Carlin), Stefano Coletti (Racing Engineering), Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix)

GP2



Coletti gambles for sprint victory

Stefano Coletti rolled the dice when a brief but fierce downpour just before this morning’s sprint race threw everyone’s race plans out the window: with the track still wet, the conservative choice was to start on wet tyres, but the Monegasque driver and the Williams tester Felipe Nasr were among the few drivers to take a gamble on slicks, one which paid well when the pair finished 1-2 ahead of McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne.
At the start the advantage was heavily towards the conservative choice: poleman Nathanaël Berthon easily took the start with the rest of the top 4, including Nasr, struggling to get off the line: Coletti had a comparatively good start but was still swamped as Jolyon Palmer, Mitch Evans and Marco Sorensen stormed past, with Palmer slightly wide at turn one and dropping behind the pair as Johnny Cecotto and Stéphane Richelmi came together: the latter’s car caught fire, prompting a safety car period.
Evans made short work of Berthon at the restart but was clearly on the wrong set up: the New Zealander was unable to do anything to stop Vandoorne at the hairpin next time round and, dropping 2 seconds a lap, soon fell back threw the field. But with the track drying out the question was which lap should they come in? Palmer opened the door by coming in on lap 10, just before Coletti claimed the fastest lap to make it clear that the time was now.
A safety car for a beached Takuya Izawa gave teammate Vandoorne a perfect window to pop in for slicks, emerging with Sorensen just behind the last wet tyre stragglers on track, who disappeared as the race went live: Coletti was just behind the pair at the restart and made the most of his warmer tyres, and familiarity with the conditions, to blast into the lead next time round, with Nasr following suit on the next lap.
For the remainder of the race Coletti and Nasr had a private battle for the win, with the pair swapping fastest laps between them, but the Monegasque driver held the gap of just over a second all the way to the finish line, with Vandoorne the best placed of the wet tyre starters rounding out the podium. Another fine performance from Sorensen saw him finish P4, ahead of a fierce fight between Jon Lancaster, Palmer and Alexander Rossi, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs claiming the final points position behind them.
Palmer still holds the lead in the drivers’ championship on 168 points to Nasr’s 127, with Cecotto on 100, Coletti moving up to 96, Evans on 92 and Vandoorne on 86 points, while in the teams’ championship DAMS lead on 209 points to Carlin on 193 points. Racing Engineering are third on 125 points, three more than Trident ahead of next week’s round at the Hungaroring.
Hockenheim – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
2.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
3.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
4.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
5.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
7.
Alexander Rossi
Campos Racing
8.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
9.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
10.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
11.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
12.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
13.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
14.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
15.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
16.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
17.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
18.
Julian Leal
Carlin
19.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
20.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
21.
André Negrao
Arden International
22.
Rene Binder
Arden International