FORMULA 1

RED BULL MONACO GP – QUALIFYING

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 1st 1:10.810 (Practice 3 – P1 1:11.786)
“I’m pretty delighted, but I will be even more delighted if I’m on the top step tomorrow. I’m trying to keep things pretty chilled now but I’ve done everything I need to do up until this point, so I’m pleased with that and everything the team have done. At the moment I feel like I have done half the job I came here to do, so we will try and finish it tomorrow and I’ve made life easier by putting myself on pole. I just kept building up and putting the laps together and then in Q3 it was very important to maximise everything at the right time and I was able to do that.
I had confidence in the car which started on Thursday and then it was about finding the rhythm, which is very important around here. I knew the car would be strong and it’s great to get the best out of it. Everyone came into the weekend saying that we were favourites and I thought they were trying to take some pressure off themselves but I thought, let’s prove them right! It’s one extreme to the other for the team today, with Max not making the session, but that’s Monaco and it pushes you. Finding the balance even with a good car, still isn’t easy. I think if we are smart and do the race we know we can do tomorrow, then we are in with a good chance for the win.”
MAX VERSTAPPEN, No Time Set in Qualifying. Practice 3 – P2 1:11.787
“I got a little bit caught off guard passing the slow car, which isn’t an excuse, and clipped the inside barrier before hitting the wall. It happened so quick after getting a bit distracted and perhaps I turned in a bit too early. Like in China, this was my mistake. It is of course not what you like but unfortunately sometimes it happens. Before Qualifying I was ready to get in the car but it turned into a bit of a rollercoaster. They fired up the engine and only then could we see the leak, at this stage it is too late to make it out. It makes it a bit more painful knowing this is a track that we genuinely had a shot at pole and the win. It was a small mistake that resulted in us paying a big price. That is usually the way in Monaco. I saw Daniel back on the Energy Station after quali and congratulated him on a great performance. We know we have pace here but it is so hard to pass and when you get held up there is little you can do.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A fantastic performance by Daniel today. He’s been quickest in every session so far this weekend, including the three segments of Qualifying to achieve his second pole position at our 250th grand prix. Unfortunately Max found the unforgiving nature of this circuit in P3 hitting the barrier in Turn 15 resulting in significant damage. The mechanics did an unbelievable job getting the car turned around only to then discover a gearbox leak which necessitated a change and in the time available it just wasn’t possible to get him out on track for Qualifying. So, it is bittersweet in some respects but today belonged to Daniel.”

FORMULA RENAULT

ALEX PERONI DOMINATES RACE ONE AT MONACO

FORMULA 2

MARKELOV STUNS IN MONTE CARLO FEATURE RACE

Russian driver produces imperious drive to grab second victory of the season
Artem Markelov produced a masterclass performance in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at the Circuit de Monaco, as the RUSSIAN TIME driver weathered drama and a pair of safety car periods to secure victory by 10.7 seconds over Sean Gelael. The PREMA driver took advantage of the alternate strategy to take second, as Roberto Merhi did likewise to grab the final podium place available.
Nineteen cars took to the grid after Sergio Sette Camara was ruled unfit to start following his incident in Thursday’s qualifying session. In a hot, humid Monte Carlo, the race was put on ice almost immediately after the start; the safety car was brought out after Luca Ghiotto was helped into the wall by Antonio Fuoco off the line, as polesitter Alexander Albon preserved his lead of the race from Nyck de Vries and Markelov. Once Ghiotto’s stricken Campos Vexatec Racing car was cleared, Albon dictated the restart to remain ahead of de Vries, while Markelov was left to fend off from Arjun Maini after Fuoco was quickly handed a drive-through penalty.
De Vries began to throw the kitchen sink at Albon, before yellow flags flooded the Rascasse hairpin for George Russell, who hit the wall having botched an overtake on Nirei Fukuzumi. With the threat of a safety car – which remained off-track after the ART Grand Prix car was quickly put out of harm’s way – the supersoft runners began to filter into the pits; Lando Norris, Gelael, Louis Delétraz and Merhi peppering the pitlane with stops for soft tyres.
Norris then brought out a second safety car on lap 13, attempting an overtake on Ralph Boschung at the Anthony Noghes corner and bundling the Swiss driver into the wall – Norris earning a drive-through as a result. Subsequently, leading pair Albon and de Vries both attempted to pit under the safety car; the two found the pitlane entry too tight for both cars and collided – Albon ending up facing the wrong direction and de Vries sustaining damage.
The end of the safety car period shuffled Markelov to the front of the field, and he began to fire in a series of hot laps to build a gap over Maini. De Vries, the lead runner to have completed their mandatory stop, lost eighth to teammate Gelael before haemorrhaging a further raft of positions – the Dutchman calling it a day after 20 tours of the circuit. This left Gelael as Markelov’s benchmark as he sought to build a gap ahead of his own pitstop.
Dropping the hammer, Markelov had preserved sufficient life in his soft tyres to open the gap up to Gelael, eking out as much time as possible to complete his stop. Behind him, Fuoco, Aitken and Fukuzumi all blinked first, pitting while Markelov was setting further hot laps. With his lapped teammate Tadasuke Makino looming larger in his sights, Markelov came in for supersofts at the end of lap 34, crucially emerging ahead of Gelael.

FORMULA RENAULT

VICTOR MARTINS STRIKES FIRST AT MONACO

Newcomer to the streets of the Principality, Victor Martins (R-ace GP) led the way in the sole collective tests for the Formula Renault Eurocup. With a lap of 1:31.524s, the French rookie of the Renault Sport Academy led from Max Defourny (MP Motorsport), who finished on the Monaco podium in 2016 and 2017, and Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP).

At 8am in the morning, the Formula Renault Eurocup had the honour of kicking off the race meeting with a 45-minute free practice session. On a track surface with limited grip, the drivers tried to gather a maximum amount of information for qualifying. Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP) set the first benchmark time, but the pace quickly picked up thanks to the rubber laid down on each lap.

Raúl Guzmán (Fortec Motorsports), Axel Matus (AVF by Adrián Vallés) and Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) took short turns atop the time sheet before Max Fewtrell and the MP Motorsport trio of Alex Peroni, Max Defourny and Christian Lundgaard answered in kind.
Max Fewtrell retook the advantage at the mid-way point of the session before the field made set-ups changes and switched to new Michelin tyres.

With 11 minutes remaining on the clock, Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport) and Neil Verhagen (Tech 1 Racing) got the final sprint underway. Christian Lundgaard, Max Fewtrell and Max Defourny each took their turn at the top of the timing screen, but Max Fewtrell kissed the Armco at Piscine while Alex Peroni made contact with the barrier at Sainte-Devote. The red flag came out three minutes from the conclusion of the session. The drivers went back out to put in practice starts.

Thanks to his lap of 1:31.524s, Victor Martins finished at the sharp end of the order ahead of, Max Fewtrell, whose best time was not counted for not using the escape lane after making contact.
Max Defourny. Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP), Yifei Ye and Alex Peroni completed the top five, followed by Red Bull Junior Team driver Neil Verhagen, Max Fewtrell, Oscar Piastri (Arden Motorsport), Richard Verschoor (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Charles Milesi (R-ace GP).

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

EA on the Go in Pau

F1Weekly friend, Enaam Ahmed – the runaway 2017 British F3 Champion – started his international motor racing career in grand style, hustling in the season opener of the 2018 FIA European F3 in the streets of Pau, and emerging in the top three of the championship after three races.

Pau, located in south of France by the Pyrenees mountains, has a rich racing heritage; names like Fangio and Clark have been victorious here. Montoya once lapped the entire field to win an F3000 race. Lewis Hamilton has seen success here also.

For the first of three races of the weekend Enaam posted the fifth fastest time in his group (B), his time on his maiden voyage on a street circuit was 1’10 “357, very impressive as pole position time, set by Daniel Ticktum, was 1’10” 013.

Guan Yu Zhou, now in his third year in the series, made history by becoming the first Chinese driver to win in European F3. Enaam was 6th in his Mercedes-powered Dallara. He was the second best placed driver, behind Kiwi Marcus Armstrong, among racers making their first appearance in Pau.

In qualifying for race 2, French driver, Sacha Fenestraz, who raced last year at Pau in the Formula Renault Euro Cup, took pole (1’23″620) after a close battle with Enaam; (1’23″623). The two went cockpit-to-cockpit at the start, going into turn 2 Enaam attempted to take the lead but ran out of real estate, and after a love tap from Hitech GP teammate, Spaniard Alex Palou, dropped to 6th at the end of the opening lap. Enaam soldiered on to claim a top 5 finish.

The third and final race of the weekend, the main event Pau Grand Prix started in wet conditions, with only Sacha Fenestraz on slicks. Enaam was on pole position but wheelspin when the lights went out allowed Estonian Ralf Aron to take the lead. On lap 8 Armstrong hit the barriers, so did the Austrian Ferdinand Habsburg, which brought out the safety car. The race was later red flagged, further increase in rainfall led to the race to be declared over. Thus, only half points were awarded.

The opening round of the season saw three different winners, and two rookies in the top three in the championship. Sacha Fenestraz leads (37 points), third year driver Aron is second (34.5 points) and Enaam is third (27 points).

Speaking to www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk Enaam said; “I am really delighted to have scored a podium finish already in my first weekend of racing in the FIA Formula 3 European championship. Here I am up against the world’s best Junior drivers and now I am bringing a pole position and a podium result home that is really great.”

EA in pre-season testing at the Red Bull Ring.

Round 2 is on the first weekend of June at the Hungaroring.

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PEBBLE BEACH

CITROEN TO BE FIRST TIME FEATURE AT PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

This year, for the first time ever, Citroën will grace the 18th fairway as a featured marque at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 26th. The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance poster, painted by Barry Rowe, commemorates this historic moment.

“Interest in Citroën among collectors has seen exponential growth in recent years, and the Concours is pleased to showcase custom coachwork Citroëns that offer the best of French technology and design,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button.

Citroën’s iconic spaceship-like DS made its debut at the 1955 Paris Auto Show, where the unmistakable sheet metal garnered over 80,000 orders by the end of the week. The DS platform was far ahead of its time, featuring hydraulic systems for the brakes, steering, and transmission, and most notably a revolutionary hydro-pneumatic suspension. This specific advancement in automotive technology made the DS one of the most stable autobahn cruisers ever created, and allowed for self-leveling, decreased dive under braking, jack-less tire changes—the car could raise an individual wheel—and an unparalleled luxurious ride. Moreover, the unique style of the DS made it an attractive canvas for coachbuilders such as Henri Chapron; custom Citroëns subsequently sustained the art into the 1970s.

Citroën enthusiast Jeffrey Fisher likens Citroëns to couturier dresses—“because they featured some of the highest number of interior and exterior permutations for a car ever.” The Tour poster features three cars from Fisher’s collection that illustrate the progression of the Citroën DS from middle class family car to postwar work of art.

At the forefront of the poster is the two-tone blue 1966 Citroën DS 21 Chapron Le Léman Coupé, one of roughly 130 Chapron Coupés produced, and one of about 24 with the Le Léman specific roofline. This very car (chassis no. 4350020) graced the stage at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show and represents the pinnacle of postwar Citroën custom coachwork. The green 1967 DS 21 Chapron Cabriolet d’Usine was transformed to convertible specification straight from the factory and sold new for roughly twice the cost of a conventional saloon. The Jaune Jonquille, or Daffodil Yellow, DS 19 exemplifies the essence of the early, groundbreaking DS saloons. All three of these Citroëns have been fully restored by renowned Citroën expert Vincent Crescia, who currently operates out of the very building that housed his father’s Citroën dealership years ago.

The Host of F1Weekly Clark Rodgers driving on the 2014 Melee car rally in his 1952 Citroen 11BL Traction Avant

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