Super One

Enaam leads S1 champs on drop scores despite penalty…

Enaam came away from Round 4 of

the National S1 Championship at GYG,

North Wales, leading the series by 6

points on drop scores, due to a

second place finish in Final 1, but was

controversially excluded from Final 2

following a collision on the final corner.

It was a weekend that promised so

much but failed to deliver, as the 12

year old demonstrated blistering pace

in testing, up to 0.4s faster than his

rivals, Enaam was clearly in the zone.

Qualifying 5th in group was a

disappointment, as his race tyres

didn’t offer as much grip and the team

had to quickly adapt the set up.

Enaam convincingly won his first heat,

laying down the gauntlet to his

Championship rivals. In his second

heat he finished 5th, placing him 3rd

on the grid for the first Final.

The Fusion driver once again showed

his desire to win, immediately

storming to the front. He tried to

make the break with his team mate

Josh Smith, but was joined by 4 other

drivers, for an intense lead swapping

battle. Enaam held the advantage

onto the last lap, but was tapped wide

with 4 corners to go and dropped to

an eventual 2nd place finish.

In Final 2, Enaam was shoved wide at

turn 1 and dropped to 5th, but, in

determined mood picked off his rivals

to get back to the front of the 10 kart

train.

The lead changed hands countless

times in one of the best races of the

season, but on to the last lap it was

Enaam ahead, he defended well, but

was hit wide by Dean MacDonald half

way round, dropping to 4th. He

recovered in the final 3 corners to

make a move for 2nd but as he was

forced on to the kerb on the final

corner; he bounced off and made

contact with MacDonald. The Fusion

driver dropped to 6th but was later

excluded for the move as he was

judged to have been outside the track

limits. Enaam will now drop that

round, leaving him ahead on dropped

scores with 6 rounds to go.

GP2

Chilton. Spot on. Max Chilton scored his first GP2 pole and race victory in the feature race at the Hungaroring on Saturday. The 21-year-old English driver dominated the event but had to hold off a hard charging Davide Valsecchi in the closing laps.
 
The Italian DAMS driver changed all four wheels during his pit stop, compared to replacement of rear tires only on the Carlin entry for Chilton, but Davide also came under attack late in the race from his Brazilian championship challenger.
 
Chilton, like Razia, is in his third season of GP2 while Valsecchi is trying to win the championship in his fourth attempt. The series does not allow defense of title if you win the championship.
 
James Calado, another Brit and outstanding race winning rookie of the season, was fourth with Dutchman Giedo van der Garde completing the top five.
 
Gutierrez. Uno, dos, tres. Talented Mexican driver from Monterrey took his third win of the season in dominant fashion in Sunday’s sprint race. The Lotus (ART) GP driver started from pole position after finishing eighth in the feature race.
 
Frenchman Nathanael Berthon was second with Razia third, just ahead of his title rival Valsecchi in fourth. Jolyon Palmer was fifth.
 
Gutierrez won the inaugural GP3 Championship in 2010 and in 2008 dominated the Fomula BMW Europe Championship. He started his motor racing career at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah with pole position in the 2007 American version of Formula BMW.
 
He may race in Formula 1 next year if Mayfair moving vans arrive in Maranello for Massa when the 2012 is over and compadre Sergio Perez is signed on by Ferrari.
 
Standings. Luiz Razia holds on to a small lead, 196 to 189, over Valsecchi. The season finale will be in Singapore after the final two rounds in Europe; Spa and Monza.
 
Gutierrez is third with 150 points and teammate Calado is fourth on 132 points.
 
For more information please visit www.gp2series.com
 
 
— Nasir Hameed

Formula One

LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES A CONTROLLING WIN IN BUDAPEST.

KIMI PUTS UP A GREAT FIGHT AND SETTLES FOR SECOND PLACE.

ROMAIN GROSJEAN FENDS OFF VETTEL FOR THIRD…

HAMILTON: “This weekend shows it is all to play for still, Not enough points taken from Fernando. If we can continue this kind of performance we can catch up.

We need consistency and we need to improve the car still in many areas and I am sure we will do that.

It is nice to go into the break knowing that we have had a win,” said Hamilton. “It is a great feeling. It is very, very important how I manage the summer break.

We have clearly still got a lot of work to do. We should take from this a good pat on the back, but we should know we have a lot of work to do

These guys were rapid, If they had qualified at the front it would have been impossible to get past them.

When you win like this when under intense pressure from great drivers like Romain and Kimi, this is the kind of day when you have to have your mind 100 per cent, I feel great, because the team didn’t flinch and neither did I.

It was never really close. I allowed them to close up in certain corners so that he may have problems with his tyres. I just made sure I saved my speed for the last sector so I had a big enough gap in the last three corners.”

GROSJEAN: “It was close with Kimi, he did what he had to do I got marbles on my tyres and struggled to recover, but it is what it is.

It was the same story with Kimi as with Vettel – I was inside of Seb so it was alright.

It just happened – unfortunately I got stuck behind another car and it wouldn’t let me past and I lost 1.5 seconds… I wasn’t happy at that stage as I was fighting for win and suddenly I got stuck with something you cannot manage.

We were close to fight for the win, so we are a little bit [disappointed] today. But I got stuck behind another car on that blue flag and it didn’t really respect it.

It is really difficult for the car here to be close and not make mistakes.

When following Lewis I was losing a bit of grip, then our first pitstop was a disaster. The second one was OK, but I didn’t get chance to jump in pitstops and strategy and that was key today because overtaking was too difficult. You started sliding more, losing temperature, so it was very difficult to follow.”

Pos Driver Team Time
 1.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           1h41:05.503
 2.  Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +     1.032
 3.  Grosjean      Lotus-Renault              +    10.518
 4.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +    11.614
 5.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    26.653
 6.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +    30.243
 7.  Senna         Williams-Renault           +    33.899
 8.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    34.458
 9.  Massa         Ferrari                    +    38.300
10.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    51.200
11.  Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes       +    57.200
12.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +  1:02.800
13.  Maldonado     Williams-Renault           +    1:03.6
14.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +    1:04.4
15.  Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Vergne        Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
17.  Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
18.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +    2 laps
19.  Petrov        Caterham-Renault           +    2 laps
20.  Pic           Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
21.  Glock         Marussia-Cosworth          +    3 laps
22.  De la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth               +    3 laps


GP3

Felix Da Costa records double win in Budapest thriller
 
Carlin’s Antonio Felix Da Costa becomes first driver in GP3 history to claim double victory
 
This is one weekend Portuguese driver Antonio Felix Da Costa won’t forget in hurry. After winning Race 1 yesterday, the Carlin driver started from eighth on the grid in a race dominated by strategy. He fought his way impressively through the field in the latter stages to produce a magical win, becoming the first driver in GP3 history to achieve a double victory during the race weekend. Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) and Tamas Pal Kiss (Atech CRS GP) finished second and third.
 
Heavy rain and thunderstorms greeted the paddock early this morning, with the rain stopping around 15 minutes before the race commenced. Most drivers decided to start on the wet tyres, with a few drivers including Niederhauser and Alex Brundle (Carlin) taking the gamble of starting on slicks. When the race got underway, Matias Laine got the edge on his MW Arden teammate and reverse poleman David Fumanelli as the duo battled hard into turn one. Mitch Evans starting from P6 spun at the first corner, which dropped him down to 21st on lap one. Fumanelli’s race was brought to an abrupt end when he was spun and made contact with the barrier, with Conor Daly moving into P2. Aaro Vainio (Lotus GP) got the better of Kevin Ceccon (Ocean Racing Technology) at the start as the drivers found their limits around the Hungaroring with the vast amount of spray.
 
Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) and Evans pitted early on for slicks, the New Zealander hoping to reclaim some vital points in his quest for the GP3 crown. Pal Kiss and Buller both made great getaways at the start, with the Hungarian driver in front of his home fans moving up from 14th on the grid to P4 by the end of lap one. Buller, starting from 23rd on the grid looked keen to try and repeat his famous victory in Silverstone by coming through from the back of the grid to a win, as the Brit’ was already up to P9 in the early stages.
 
Laine led the race with a one second margin, with Daly all over the back of the MW Arden machine, trying to find a way into P1. Vainio and Pal Kiss joined the battle in third and fourth, with the Finn desperately trying to make the move stick on his American teammate to take advantage of Evan’s non-scoring position. The New Zealander spun again after pitting for slicks, as the race approached the midway point when the pitlane became very busy with many drivers making the change from wets to slicks.
 
Of the front runners, Pal Kiss and Felix Da Costa were first to pit from P4 and P5 respectively as the track began to suit the slicks, with Niederhauser and Evans lighting up the timing screens with purple sectors. The tussle between Laine and Daly was fierce, with the Finn making his car as wide as possible to try and defend from the attacking Lotus GP driver. Vainio also wanted a piece of the action and challenged his teammate and made the manoeuvre work to steal P2.
 
With 5 laps remaining, Felix Da Costa was the highest placed driver on slicks in P7 but began lapping a massive ten seconds faster than the leaders Laine and Vainio and this is when the Portuguese ace began carving his way through the field. Felix Da Costa sliced his way through the pack, passing Daly and then with three laps to go shot into the lead of the race after passing Vainio and  Laine for victory on the outside with apparent ease.
 
The action wasn’t over with the positions changing dramatically in the final laps, Pal Kiss and Niederhauser flying on their slicks and passing the struggling Laine and Vainio on the used wets as the track continued to dry out under the sunshine. Pal Kiss looked to have P2 in the bag until the Swiss driver overtook the Atech driver on the last lap in an exciting battle. Alex Brundle (Carlin) climbed to P4 in the final moments, as his decision to start on slicks paid off to set his personal best result of his GP3 career.
The final eight points scorers finished with Felix Da Costa jumping for joy on the top step of the podium, ahead of Niederhauser, Pal Kiss, Brundle, Ellinas, Williamson, Laine and Vainio.
 
Evans retains his lead in the Drivers Standings with an 18 point advantage, helped by setting the fastest lap on the final lap of the race to earn himself two points.

GP2

Gutiérrez rockets to sprint victory
 
Mexican claims third win of the season
 
Esteban Gutiérrez dominated this morning’s sprint race in Budapest with a storming drive from pole, leading from lights to flag to claim his third victory of the season and put himself on the top step of the podium ahead of Nathanaël Berthon and series leader Luiz Razia.
 
The win was set up at the start when Gutiérrez eased away from the grid with Berthon on his rear wing, while behind them Giedo van der Garde slid past Jolyon Palmer at the first turn, and Razia running around the outside of the Briton at turn 2. With James Calado slow off the line, Davide Valsecchi and Max Chilton took advantage of his misfortune to follow the leaders down the road.
 
Van der Garde and Chilton had to start on the super soft compound after the feature race, while everyone else on the grid was on the medium tyre, and their big question was how long could they make their tyres last. The Dutchman was clearly in preservation mode early on, but with Razia and Palmer all over his rear it would be a tough task indeed to hold onto the podium for 28 laps.
 
And so it proved, as Razia bided his time until lap 19 and made a clean, clinical move up the inside at turn one to snatch the Dutchman’s position. A couple of laps later and Palmer had a go too, but ran too deep to allow Valsecchi into P5, which he duly converted into P4 on the next lap with a brave move around the outside at turn two with two wheels on the grass and Palmer in his slipstream, along with Stefano Coletti two corners later.
 
Meanwhile Chilton’s tyres had seen better days too, allowing Calado a simple run through into the points, with van der Garde not fighting the inevitable pass a lap later. Up at the front Gutiérrez sailed on serenely to cross the line 3.5 seconds ahead of Berthon, with Razia a further 12 seconds back. Valsecchi minimised the points loss by finishing fourth ahead of Palmer, who crossed the line with his mirrors full of Calado after a solid late run by the Briton. The final points were only sorted out on the last lap as Felipe Nasr, who had a storming drive from the back of the grid, went to the outside of Coletti at turn one but left the door open for Rio Haryanto to sneak inside and mug both of them, finishing 7th ahead of the Brazilian.
 
With two more podiums for his collection it was Razia who made the most of his Hungarian weekend, stretching his lead over Valsecchi to 196 points versus 189, although the Lotus pair Gutiérrez and Calado were also smiling on 150 and 132 respectively, ahead of van der Garde on 129 points and Chilton on 124. In the teams’ title race Lotus maintain their top position with 282 points, from DAMS on 258, Arden on 200 and Racing Engineering on 156 points as the paddock heads off for a break ahead of the next round in Spa Francorchamps.

F1Weekly podcast # 592

Jack Hawksworth. So happy to be in America. The young English driver is making a big and sudden impact on the American racing landscape in his rookie season.
 
The 21-year-old currently leads the Star Mazda Championship and has his eyes firmly set on the big picture; success at the Brickyard in the near future.
 
Hawksworth started in karting at the age of 13 and scored a splashing success in the rain in what was only his sixth race. He went on to win the Junior Max European title and the prestigious Margutti trophy.
 
Hawksworth took pole position for all races in the 2010 Formula Renault UK Winter Series and finished third in the championship. In 2011, he was fourth in the main championship with victory at Croft.
 
The top notch performance has continued after crossing the pond.
 
Hawksworth signed with Team Pelfrey and was second in his first race in America, on the streets of St. Petersburg and promptly scored his first victory in the second race of the weekend.
 
The last four races of the Star Mazda series were on Canadian soil, Hawksworth winning three of them, eh.
 
Please enjoy our conversation with this rising star on podcast # 592.
 
We also invite you to please visit his website www.jackhawksworth.co.uk
 
 
— Nasir Hameed
 
 
Photo. Jack Hawksworth Facebook page.
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