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Palmer wins action-packed feature race

GP2


Palmer wins action-packed feature race
Briton takes victory in Monte Carlo
Series leader Jolyon Palmer is again a happy man today: he recovered from a slow start from pole position, and then survived three safety car periods and a red flag to take a second win this season ahead of Mitch Evans and Felipe Nasr.
When the lights went out, Evans had a better start from P2 than Palmer and took the lead of the race into Turn 1. Behind him, the poleman was busy keeping his teammate Stéphane Richelmi at bay. At the front, the Kiwi was on a mission on super soft Pirelli tyres and quickly tried to build a gap from Palmer, but his efforts were reduced to nothing after Facu Regalia stopped his car alongside the harbour and the safety car was deployed. At the re-start, Evans kept the lead and started to push hard again. However, it was not enough: Palmer’s blazing pace picked up again and the Briton closed in on Evans to eventually overtake him at Ste Devote.
Richelmi was up next as Evans seemed to be struggling for pace and a small train of cars formed behind the two with Johnny Cecotto also hot on the Monegasque’s trail. Twelve laps into the race and a bit of mayhem occured at Mirabeau after both Arden cars collided with André Negrao sent into a spin stopping on track. Artem Markelov could not avoid the Brazilian’s car and also collided with Negrao blocking the track effectively as the race leaders arrived on site. The race was red flagged. The cars re-joined the grid and after they were all put back into the correct order, the race was re-started under the safety car.
Once the track cleared, Palmer put his head down and set a string of fastest laps to build a gap of nine seconds to Evans who still ran on a slower pace than the rivals behind him who were all on soft tyres. But once again the safety car was deployed: the fight between Julian Leal and Raffaele Marciello for eighth place ended in tears for the Colombian driver after he tried to pass the Italian before the new chicane and lost control of his car crashing into the wall. That’s when all the leaders decided to come in for their mandatory pitstop leaving Stoffel Vandoorne into the lead. Palmer re-joined the track behind the Belgian whilst Evans re-joined in fourth place behind Simon Trummer. Both Vandoorne and Trummer still had to change tyres.
With fifteen laps to go, the action resumed. Stefano Coletti wasted no time to put pressure on Sergio Canamasas and passed him at La Rascasse for sixth place. A lap later, the Monegasque driver was all over Felipe Nasr (who had pitted early on lap 7) and also overtook him at the same spot. He then quickly discarded of Evans before setting his sights on Palmer, but he had one more car in front of him before he could challenge the Briton for the win. Unfortunately for the local hero, as he tried to pass Trummer at La Rascasse, both cars collided ending their race.
Vandoorne pitted and Palmer was back in control ahead of Evans and Nasr. In the dying minutes, the Brazilian closed in on the Kiwi but couldn’t pass him. At the chequered flag, it was all smiles and hugs for Palmer who pocketed a well-deserved win in the streets of Monte Carlo. Close behind him, Evans and Nasr (the latter from P18 on the grid) also enjoyed some champagne. Behind the trio, Cecotto had to settle for fourth ahead of teammate Canamasas, Arthur Pic (who had started from P14), Rio Haryanto, Richelmi (who will start from pole position on tomorrow’s reverse grid), Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Tio Ellinas.
Monte Carlo – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
2.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
4.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
5.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
6.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
7.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
8.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
9.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
10.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
11.
Daniiel De Jong
MP Motorsport
12.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
13.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
14.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
15.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
16.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
17.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Not Classified
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
Rene Binder
Arden International
Simon Trummer
Rapax
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
Julian Leal
Carlin
André Negrao
Arden International
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Jolyon Palmer (DAMS) – 1:23.008 on lap 19
Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Monaco Grand Prix - Thursday - Monte Carlo, Monaco

Formula 1


QUOTES FROM THURSDAY PRACTICE IN MONTE CARLO

Valtteri Bottas: It’s great to be here in Monaco and good fun with the current cars. There are still some improvements we can make to be quicker and the rain didn’t help in the afternoon, but we do have some good data to work from. Saturday will be vital in the morning for set-up and of course qualifying around Monaco is key to having a good weekend. Overall I am feeling positive and I’m looking forward to getting back in the car.

Felipe Massa: Today was a tough day. I had some issues this morning with the power unit sensor so that limited my running, or at least the amount I could push. This afternoon it was wet and so I only went out at the end of the session and then suffered with traffic. The car is quick and Valtteri has shown that, so qualifying on Saturday will be very important.

Romain Grosjan: “This morning was a learning experience as the tyres are pretty hard here so it’s difficult to find enough grip. This made things a little tricky today as there’s no space for mistakes here. Certainly the car is working well and we could run through a decent programme today, even with missing a lot of the afternoon session because of the wet track. We hope the weather will be better on Saturday and we will have found a better balance with the car too.” 

DANIEL RICCIARDO: “It was a shame we didn’t run so much this afternoon due to the conditions, but if it rains over the weekend then we’ll want to use the tyres, so there was a bit of waiting around, At the end the track still had a few damp patches, so we didn’t really learn that much this afternoon but I think the morning went well, so we’ve just got to try and get the set-up from that. The few laps I did this afternoon felt similar to the morning in terms of car balance and the things we need to work on, so I think the direction we’ve got to go is pretty clear. If we’re going to challenge the Mercs then I think this is the place for it, they don’t seem to have one sector at the moment which is blowing everyone away, but obviously it’s still early days.”

SEBASTIAN VETTEL : “Obviously we’d love to run in the dry the whole time here, but of course if it’s wet it’s the same for everyone. Mercedes were very quick this morning and we see that usually, come Saturday, they are able to pick up their pace, so we’ll try to do the same. We potentially are a little bit closer here, but you know at the moment it’s all guessing. I think the big advantage on this track would be that there’s not that many straights, but we have to wait and see. We were obviously limited today on what we could learn in terms of pace and range, we know that it’s quite important to qualify in the front here so if there is a chance then we have to use it.”

Nico Hulkenberg: “The wet weather did not give us an opportunity to run much this afternoon, but I feel we have made the most of the time available this morning. In terms of performance the car is feeling okay and we just need to make some set-up tweaks and work on the balance before Saturday. The focus has to be on qualifying here because it’s even more important than at any other track. So we just need to optimise the car to be ready for Saturday.”

Sergio Perez: “The day was disturbed by the weather so the work we have done is quite limited. I feel quite happy with the car and we ran in the top eight all day so it’s been positive. That’s where we need to be aiming for Saturday because qualifying well here is so important. There are still quite a few unknowns because I did not manage to do any long runs or race preparation, but it’s the same for everyone.”

Jolyon Palmer sets the pace in Monte Carlo

GP2


JOLYON PALMER SETS THE PACE IN MONTE CARLO
 Series leader quickest in morning free practice
Series leader Jolyon Palmer has set the record straight in this morning’s free practice: the Briton posted the quickest laptime with a blazing 1:20.707, three tenths faster than Johnny Cecotto. Monegasque Stéphane Richelmi finished third in the other DAMS car.
The session opened in overcast conditions. All cars fed onto the track on soft Pirelli tyres with Palmer sitting pretty at the top of the standings early on. As the clock continued to tick down, the track improved and so did the latpimes. Cecotto looked pretty fast, but traffic at La Rascasse meant he could not dip under 1m22s. That was not the case for Felipe Nasr: the Brazilian set a laptime of 1:21.949, but Coletti snatched the top spot going four hundredths faster than the Carlin man.
At mid-session, most drivers came back to the pits to switch to Super Soft tyres, including Nasr who was on a flier when he slightly touched the wall at the entrance of the tunnel, then missed the apex at Turn 10 and ended his course into the wall at Turn 11. The session was briefly red flagged as marshalls recovered the damaged Carlin machine. At the re-start Cecotto went P1 but once again lost a bit of time at Sector 3 behind Facu Regalia. Palmer had a clear track and broke the 1m21s barrier on super soft compounds. His laptime was never bettered.
In the dying minutes, Richlemi found some extra pace to move up to third ahead of countryman Coletti. Mitch Evans, Sergio Canamasas, Rio Haryanto, Nasr, Julian Leal and Alexander Rossi completed the top ten. The qualifying session will be divided into groups of sixteen minutes each. Following a ballot which took place during the GP2 drivers’ briefing, the two groups have been established. Group A will consist of odd numbered cars whilst Group B will consist of even numbered cars.
Monte Carlo – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:20.707
24
2.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:21.043
24
3.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:21.573
22
4.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:21.902
24
5.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:21.929
23
6.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
1:21.933
24
7.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:21.935
21
8.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:21.949
15
9.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:22.132
24
10.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:22.183
25
11.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:22.237
26
12.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:22.296
26
13.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:22.386
23
14.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:22.442
24
15.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:22.937
26
16.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:23.028
24
17.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:23.353
26
18.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:23.453
25
19
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:23.545
24
20.
Daniiel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:23.605
23
21.
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:23.821
25
22.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:24.126
22
23.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:24.201
24
24.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:25.356
17
25.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:25.694
23
26.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
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World Rally X Lites

World Rallyx


NELSON PIQUET JUNIOR CONFIRMS RX LITES ENTRY FOR LYDDEN HILL

Former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr will compete in the RX Lites Cup at the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, AUTOSPORT World RX of Great Britain, which takes place at Lydden Hill race circuit this weekend (24-25 May).

The Brazilian driver has a glowing CV in motorsport having finished runner-up in the coveted GP2 Series back in 2006 before stepping up to Formula One in 2007 to join the Renault F1 Team for three years.  In 2010, Piquet Jr moved to NASCAR where he remained until the end of 2013.  Motorsport also runs in the family for the 28-year-old as his father – Nelson Piquet – is a three-time F1 World Champion.

RX Lites is run by Swedish rallycross specialists and multiple title-winning Olsbergs MSE and as a single-spec formula, RX Lites entrants compete in identical 310bhp, all-wheel-drive, rear-engined machinery while keeping costs strictly to a minimum.    The 2014 RX Lites winner will be awarded a Supercar drive at World RX of Argentina in November, while second and third placed drivers will have the chance to experience a test day in an Olsbergs MSE Supercar.

Piquet Jr will join nine other RX Lites entries at Lydden Hill and spoke positively about the opportunity to race in the UK once again.

“I’m very excited about the chance to race this weekend and I’d like to thank the team and sponsors that invited me to the UK,” explained Piquet Jr. “I’ve lived in the UK and won a championship there [British Formula Three Championship] but it’s been five years since my last race on British soil. This is a good opportunity to learn more about rallycross and get to know the European drivers. It will be my first RX Lites race and it will prepare me well for the X Games too.”

Martin Anayi – World RX Managing Director for IMG Motorsport – added: “We’ve got a tremendous line-up for World RX of Great Britain this weekend but the news that Nelson Piquet Jr is set to join us in the RX Lites is the icing on the cake.  The RX Lites Cup provided fantastic race action at the opening round in Portugal and with promising names such as Nelson joining the line-up for Lydden, it’s set to be even more exciting this weekend.”

Williams F1 rear

Formula 1


WILLIAMS F1 MONACO GRAND PRIX RACE PREVIEW 

Former Williams star Nelson Piquet once likened the Monaco Grand Prix to riding a bicycle around his living room. Anyone who has attended the race will know that’s untrue; riding a bike indoors is much easier than controlling an 850bhp grand prix car through the streets of the Principality! The track is narrow, bumpy and unforgiving, and those factors combine to make overtaking very difficult. The working conditions are difficult because the teams have to work in a makeshift paddock and the narrowest pitlane of the year, and yet everyone still loves the Monaco Grand Prix. The Principality first staged a motor race through its streets in 1928 and it remains the jewel in F1′s crown. The race’s unique blend of glamour and history makes it one that every driver wants to win, although Williams has won here only once, in 2003. When will the team win again?

Rob Smedley:  Clearly Monaco is very different to where we have been so far this season. The race engineer plays a key part of the race weekend as they have to think a little outside the box and work differently in terms of car specification. This has taken up a lot of time preparing in the simulator. It’s a race of attrition and small mistakes can hurt you badly. The whole team are flat out all weekend, ensuring all the finer details are covered and the approach is correct, if this all goes well then we should be able to get some good points. It’s a very special place, Monaco, it’s the last of its kind.

Felipe Massa: I love Monaco. I live there so it’s great to be able to go home and see the family and sleep in my own bed after each day in the car. I am luckier than most as this happens at two races for me (Monaco and Brazil). The track is amazing and steeped in history. We will need good stability for the circuit as it’s so tight and traction is more important than top speed. The slow corners are very slow, but the track demands a lot of focus. The barriers are close, and it takes time getting use to driving right up against them, sometimes you can even touch them and still do a good lap. Monaco is a special place, there are no tracks like it on the calendar and that makes us enjoy it even more.

 Valtteri Bottas: Qualifying in Monaco is the most important of the season as the design of the circuit makes it very hard to overtake in the race. Strategy is also important in the race as you want to make sure that no time or positions are lost during the pitstop, it will be hard to make those positions up. There is no room for mistakes in Monaco as the barriers will punish you. I am really confident driving there now that I have experience and so am looking forward to the race. It’s also the closest thing I will have to a home Grand Prix as I live in Monaco, it will be nice to go from home in the morning.

Motorsports / DTM 2. race Oschersleben

DTM



Perfect strategy helps Christian Vietoris to score sensational win

Oschersleben. Rain, tyre gambles and risky overtaking manoeuvres – the second DTM round of the year in the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben had plenty of action. After a strategic and driving masterpiece, Christian Vietoris emerged as the surprising winner with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. With a margin of 0.6 seconds from defending champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) after 44 laps, the 25-year-old Mercedes-Benz driver crossed the finish line as the winner of the race for the first time in his DTM career. “As we currently aren’t among the front runners in normal conditions, I obviously hoped for rain. Perfect that it turned out that way. We wanted to use these chances and so we did. We had an ideal strategy. I am overjoyed. What a race,” said Vietoris, who already changed to rain tyres after the formation lap, then chased the field from the pit lane and eventually made it through as the only driver with just one pit stop.

With his second place, Rockenfeller took over the lead in the drivers’ standings. Driving another Audi RS 5 DTM, Edoardo Mortara finished third in the action-packed race. Behind Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz), last year’s winner Augusto Farfus came fifth as the best-placed driver of a BMW M4 DTM. In total, 65,000 fans attended the race weekend in the Magdeburg region.

Rockenfeller, who kept Vietoris under pressure until the final lap, was very happy with his score. “In the DTM, it is like in everyday life. You should never give up. Today, I almost did. The tyre choice at the start of the race wasn’t optimal. Then, there was some contact with other drivers and many safety car interventions. I really didn’t know where we were anymore and I wanted to give up. Then, all of a sudden, my team told me on the radio that we were in contention for a top position. Unbelievable,” the reigning DTM champion said. Mortara was also happy. “Being on the podium again is a great feeling. Too bad, we could even have ended higher up, but I had problems with the handling of the car after the second stop. Nevertheless, we had a great strategy,” the Audi driver said.

At times, Farfus also lost track of the situation in the Motorsport Arena. “This was the craziest DTM race I have ever driven. When the rain set in, it was really difficult and partly chaotic. Then I also got a penalty after contact with another car. However, scoring points and being among the front runners is a good thing,” ‘Gustl’ commented.

After a great recovery, Miguel Molina finished in sixth place. After setting the fastest time in qualifying, the Audi driver had been relegated to the back of the starting grid because his car wasn’t in accordance with the regulations. His fellow Audi driver Timo Scheider, who already scored two victories at Oschersleben, was classified seventh. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), Martin Tomczyk (BMW) and Adrien Tambay (Audi) rounded out the top ten.

The changeable conditions at Oschersleben prepared the stage for one of the most exciting DTM races in history. In total, the safety car was deployed three times after accidents and mixed up the field every time. Marco Wittmann had bad luck. The BMW driver, who won the season opener at Hockenheim, started from pole position, but slid off the track later in the race and retired.

Allocation of the performance weights will be changed prior to the third DTM round at the Hungaroring in Budapest (May 30 till June 1). After the result at Oschersleben, Mercedes-Benz drivers Christian Vietoris, Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett have to add five kilograms of weight each, their fellow Mercedes-Benz drivers Vitaly Petrov, Pascal Wehrlein, Daniel Juncadella and Robert Wickens 2.5 kilograms each. The cars of the BMW drivers, on the other hand, will become lighter: for Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk 2.5 kilograms, for António Félix da Costa, Bruno Spengler, Maxime Martin, Joey Hand, Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock five kilograms each. Like after the first race, the weight of the cars for the eight Audi drivers will remain unchanged.

Wolfgang Schattling, head of DTM management, Mercedes-Benz: “The key to our success was a super strategy that our engineers worked out during a difficult stage in the race. After two safety car phases, we realised that it could turn out in a good way. My heartbeat really rose. However, we know that we still have a lack of performance and that we still need time to make up for this. This time, the weather played out well for us.”

Dieter Gass, head of DTM, Audi: “A crazy race with an unexpected result. When you have the fastest car in the field, when you have three cars on the first three places at times and when you already have an advantage of more than ten seconds, finishing in second and third place is somewhat disappointing. However, today’s race was a lottery in which those had an advantage who were able to take the biggest risks. Having two drivers on the podium again and having taken over the lead in the drivers’, manufacturers’ and teams’ standings is great. The race also had two unsung heroes: Jamie Green, who was in a class of his own in the rain today but remained unrewarded, and Miguel Molina, who drove the fastest race lap. Had it not been for him being dropped to the back of the grid, he surely could have finished better than sixth.”

BMW Motorsport Direktor Jens Marquardt: “Wolfgang Schattling’s rain dance seems to have paid off. Congratulations for that. Unfortunately, we only have two drivers in the top ten. That is not the result we had expected here. However, the weather certainly was the decisive factor in this case.