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Briton defies the conditions for emotional victory
Jordan King delighted the local fans by winning this morning’s sprint race at Silverstone from pole, looking to initially have the race under control before a brief shower on the last lap meant the Briton had to work hard to hold on for victory from a fast charging Luca Ghiotto and Oliver Rowland.

The race opened under heavy clouds but on a dry track, and when the lights went out King did enough off the line to convert pole into the lead at Turn one, but fellow front row starter Norman Nato was unable to match his teammate, losing out to Nobuharu Matsushita and Rowland into Turn one ahead of Ghiotto, Mitch Evans, Antonio Giovinazzi and Raffaele Marciello, while yesterday’s winner Pierre Gasly lost ground and dropped back to P12 by the end of the lap.

While King stormed off into the distance Ghiotto was setting the pace, and behind him the PREMA Racing teammates were also on a charge: by lap six Gasly had gained two places and Giovinazzi dispensed with Evans after a brief duel. Nato was unable to match his teammate’s pace: the Frenchman lost out to Rowland and Ghiotto in consecutive laps, and the Italian’s spectacular run saw him dislodge the Briton from a potential podium by lap 8. Ghiotto was clearly faster than everyone on track, and within two laps he dispatched Matsushita and was heading after the leader.

The Italian threw everything at King, who held on by his fingernails ahead of his local fans: with 4 laps remaining Ghiotto’s times were increasing, and it looked like the Manor Development Driver had done enough to see of his rival. But as the race drew to a close the conditions worsened, causing chaos: Matsushita ran deep at Brooklands to allow Rowland through, Nato ran into the gravel and retirement, and Evans lost time (and places) to his pursuers.

Back at the front Ghiotto could sense blood and he pounced: the Italian scooped up all the seconds he lost and was all over the rear of King for the final sector, but the Briton hung on to win his local race by just 0.5s from a bitterly disappointed Ghiotto. Rowland repeated his countryman’s efforts by denying Giovinazzi a podium by just one tenth, while Matsushita came home behind the pair in P5. Marciello brought home more points in sixth, while Gasly capped a solid recovery to finish in the points ahead of 8th placed Marvin Kirchhöfer. Sergio Canamasas and Nicholas Latifi completed the Top ten.

Rowland’s double podium at his home event puts the Briton into the lead of the drivers’ standings with 79 points to Giovinazzi’s 78, ahead of Gasly on 74, Marciello on 72 and Evans on 70, while in the teams’ title battle PREMA Racing leads the way on 152 points ahead of Racing Engineering on 129, RUSSIAN TIME on 127, Pertamina Campos Racing on 94 points with ART Grand Prix on 86 and MP Motorsport on 85 as they look towards the next event in Budapest in just two weeks time.



Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco triumphant in Race 2
The Italian national anthem played out as a jubilant Antonio Fuoco celebrated his first win in the Series after a storming drive in Silverstone Race 2. The Trident star had started from sixth place on the grid and fought through in difficult conditions on a drying track. The race went to time and the Ferrari Driver Academy ace passed Campos Racing’s Alex Palou who had led the large majority of the race. ART Grand Prix’s Charles Leclerc completed the rostrum and goes back into the lead of the drivers’ standings.
Jenzer Motorsport’s new recruit Arjun Maini started from reverse pole but it was Trident’s Sandy Stuvik who took the lead into T1. Scuderia Ferrari Team development driver Leclerc was up to second from seventh on the grid after passing the Indian driver early on during the opening lap. Palou made a lightning start from P10 to run in third after also passing Maini.
Contact was made between Maini and Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry; the Brit was penalised with a 5s time penalty. There was a short Virtual Safety car period when Giuliano Alesi and Jake Hughes made contact; with the Frenchman having to retire. Once the VSC had ended, Palou brilliantly passed Stuvik around the outside for the lead of the race after also passing the Monegasque driver.
Parry who had looked racy all weekend had passed Leclerc and then wasted no time in passing Stuvik. Leclerc and then Fuoco were next to pass the Thai driver, as Parry from second had to come into the pits after being shown the black and orange flag for a damaged front wing after the incident with Maini.
Leclerc began hunting down Palou for P1, with Fuoco and Arden International’s Jake Dennis hot on his tail. The ART Grand Prix racer reeled in the Spaniard as he began posting fastest laps; but then suddenly he had his mirrors full of the Italian Fuoco as he lost some ground to the Campos driver. Fuoco chanced an opportunistic move on his Monegasque rival, but Leclerc was wise and took the position back almost immediately. There was a second VSC period after Jenzer Motorsport’s Akash Nandy spun in the gravel at Maggots.
Once the VSC had ended, the top three of Palou, Leclerc and Fuoco were glued together; the Spaniard ran wide at Turn 3 but did enough to retain the lead. Dennis in fourth, received a tap from Ralph Boschung which sent his Arden machine into a spin; the Swiss driver was later penalised for the incident.
As the race went to time; Fuoco was on a mission and got the pass done on Leclerc around the outside and set after race leader Palou. The Spaniard ran wide at Stowe and the Italian grabbed his opportunity to sneak into the lead after carving his way through the pack. The battles continued as the ART Grand Prix of Nyck de Vries and Leclerc had a great dice, with the Dutchman passing his teammate for P3. The  duo then passed Palou for the final places on the rostrum, however, the Dutchman had received an earlier time penalty so dropped down to P8 in the final classification.
There was some confusion as the chequered flag was shown one lap too early; therefore the positions were classified from the time the flag was waved: this meant Palou finished second, ahead of Leclerc. But nobody was to deny Fuoco’s day as the Italian’s excitement was clear to see after being overjoyed to achieve his maiden win. Palou claimed his and Campos’s first points of the season with Leclerc completing the rostrum.
DAMS’ Santino Ferrucci posted his best result in his rookie campaign with fourth as did Steijn Schothorst in fifth. Jack Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi and De Vries completed the final points in the top eight. The busy month of July continues with two more back-to-back races, the first of which is in Budapest on July 22-24 2016.



Frenchman on top in Silverstone Feature Race
Pierre Gasly demolished any doubts remaining about his pace and racecraft with a dominant win in this afternoon’s Feature Race in Silverstone, picking the right strategy and pulling out a crushing performance to win by almost ten seconds from teammate Antonio Giovinazzi and Oliver Rowland.

The PREMA Racing teammates and Rowland were the only three drivers in the Top ten to start on soft tyres, but the gamble paid hugely. Poleman Norman Nato made a tremendous start to easily hold the lead when the lights went out, while fellow front row starter Gasly had to defend hard from Nicholas Latifi and Jordan King, who eased by the Canadian on the first lap, while Rowland and Giovinazzi hung on for a few laps before their tyres degraded, leaving the pair desperately waiting for lap six when the pitlane was to open.

The extra lap Gasly was able to eke out of his tyres was crucial, allowing him to re-emerge comfortably ahead of Rowland and giving him a direct line to the backmarkers on the harder compound: the Red Bull Tester sliced through the grid as though it wasn’t there, shrinking the gap to race leader Nato as he worked to put himself into a virtual P1. With an average stop of 30 seconds in Silverstone, by lap 12 Gasly’s engineer was satisfied that he was already there with a gap of just 23 seconds to the front of the race.

By this stage it appeared to be two races in one, depending on the compound being used, as it was clear that the soft starters had made the right call: Gasly was in a class of his own but Rowland had his mirrors filled by Luca Ghiotto, Giovinazzi and Nobuharu Matsushita, while on the hard compound Nato and King were in a teammate squabble while behind them Raffaele Marciello, Artem Markelov and Mitch Evans were fighting over what was left.

When the hard starters finally pitted Gasly sailed on serenely into a strong actual lead that was never to be troubled, while Giovinazzi mugged his countryman on lap 23 before rounding out his team’s 1-2 on the penultimate lap. Evans emerged behind Nato before setting the fastest lap and slicing by the Frenchman on lap 24 to claim best of the rest status, ten seconds behind Rowland in P3.

Ghiotto, who started last on the grid after a mechanical gremlin on the first lap of qualifying, rounded out an incredible drive to bring home an impressive fifth place, ahead of a train consisting of Matsushita, Nato and King, with RUSSIAN TIME teammates Marciello and Markelov filling the final points paying positions.

The win also handed the lead in the drivers’ standings to Gasly, leading another 1-2 over Giovinazzi by 72 points to 70, with Evans joint second with the Italian one point ahead of Rowland, Marciello on 68 and Nato on 65 points ahead of tomorrow morning’s Sprint Race.

F1Weekly podcast # 707



The 2007 world champion committed his future to Ferrari and ended the speculation surrounding his career. Raikkonen will go on his collaboration with Ferrari for the 2016 Formula 1 season. Many drivers have been linked with the position over past few months, such as Valteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo. But the company decided to resign Raikkonen for next season who will again partner Sebastian Vettel. “What can I say. For me, to be able to stay another year at Ferrari means that the dream goes on. The Scuderia is my family, as I always said, it’s here I want to end my career,” said Raikkonen.

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The home of British motorsport’ is naturally a treasured place in Williams’ heart, and not only because the team won both its first and 100th grands prix at the circuit. The track consists of long, sweeping corners and fast straights, making it one of the quickest laps on the calendar. The race at Silverstone is the joint oldest consecutively staged grand prix along with Monza, and is a race Williams has won 10 times, including four consecutive years from 1991-94. Williams was once again on the podium with Valtteri Bottas in 2014.
For Silverstone, Pirelli has made available the soft, medium and hard compound tyres.
Pat Symonds
Silverstone is another strong circuit for us and even though Austria did not deliver what it promised, there is no reason to think that our home race won’t give us a strong result. The weather in Britain has been quite unpredictable over the last month and may well play a role in the outcome of the weekend ahead. We’re confident that we have overcome the problem that forced Felipe to start from the pitlane and expect both cars to be running the latest front wing, which showed a positive result during testing in Austria. We always look forward to racing at our home circuit, particularly as it gives our factory-based workforce, who contribute so much to the overall performance of the car, the opportunity to see the product of their work race in anger. We’ve enjoyed good performances here over the last couple of years, which also adds to the enjoyment of this challenging track.
Valtteri Bottas
Silverstone is a special event. It’s a home race for Williams and it’s one of the good tracks for our car. It’s also one of the most enjoyable tracks to drive a Formula One car because of the high-speed nature of the circuit. My favourite part of the track is Becketts, which is a lot of fun because it has a really nice flow to it. The crowd at Silverstone is amazing as well. I’m always impressed by how much support the motorsport fans in the UK give to us.
Felipe Massa
Silverstone is the home grand prix for the team, which is really special, and it’s truly an amazing track to drive. It’s a circuit with a lot of high-speed corners, so you need to have a very good car in that respect. Typically British, it’s a circuit where the weather changes very quickly! It can be wet, dry, or completely mixed – anything can happen, which we’ve seen many times over the last few years. As Williams’ home grand prix, it’s an important place for the team to get a good result, especially as we have so much history there. Plus, it’s one of the oldest races on the calendar, so I’m really looking forward to what will be a special race.



Mercedes have slammed the “brainless” last-lap crash in the Austrian Grand Prix which has left Nico Rosberg under investigation by the stewards after he collided with Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton won the race, passing his team-mate on the final lap, but Rosberg broke his front wing and toured round to finish fourth. The gap in the drivers’ championship is down to 11 points.

The stewards announced they were putting Rosberg under investigation both for causing a collision and for driving a car for almost an entire lap with serious damage.

But Toto Wolff, the Mercedes boss, said the crash was “brainless”, and that Rosberg had a brake problem. Hamilton was booed on the podium by the Austrian fans but Rosberg appeared to be at fault for the crash.

A furious Wolff said: “Cars colliding seems a  déjà vu. It’s absolutely not what we want. We are looking like a bunch of idiots and it’s disrespectful to 1,500 people who work their nuts off to prepare the cars and this is why it needs to end. We were marginal on brakes, if not to say completely over the brakes.

“We couldn’t tell the drivers so Nico had a brake by wire failure on to the last straight and defended very hard, then seeing both cars nearly colliding is upsetting.

“At the moment I don’t now what I will say to them. It could easily have been a double DNF.”

The accident comes just two months after the Mercedes pair collided in Spain on the first lap, taking each other out of the race.

Rosberg immediately blamed Hamilton, despite images showing he drove well wide and into his team-mate.

“I am absolutely gutted, it’s unbelievable,” Rosberg said. “I was sure to win the race and lost it on the last lap, that’s pretty intense.

Lewis Hamilton was booed on the podium after a last-lap collision with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg handed the triple Formula One world champion a dramatic first Austrian Grand Prix victory on Sunday.

Championship leader Rosberg, who had been in front with Hamilton in his slipstream, nursed his damaged car over the line for fourth place with his advantage cut to 11 points after nine of 21 rounds.