F3 Euro Series

FELIX ROSENQVIST AHEAD OF TITLE CANDIDATES

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport, 1:34.047 minutes) was fastest in qualifying of the Formula 3 Euro Series and will thus start the third race of the weekend from pole position. Title favourite Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam, 1:34.425 minutes) followed in second place. Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport, 1:34.471 minutes), Juncadella’s main rival, ended up third at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, followed by the best-placed guest driver Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport, 1:34.551 minutes). In the ranking of the second-fastest laps, deciding on the starting grid positions for the first race of the weekend, Rosenqvist, Juncadella and Wehrlein locked out the first three places.

Felix Rosenqvist confirmed the good performance from today’s pre-event test and claimed first position in qualifying. He was followed by title candidates Daniel Juncadella and Pascal Wehrlein. Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam, 1:34.766 minutes), who also still has chances of winning the title, was eighth fastest, followed by the fourth title candidate William Buller (Carlin, 1:34.811 minutes). In the ranking of the second-fastest lap times, Ferrari-backed Italian Marciello was fourth.

The first race of the weekend can already decide the battle for the title. When Juncadella finishes ahead of his three remaining rivals Wehrlein, Marciello and Buller, the Spaniard will be the new Formula 3 Euro Series’ champion.

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “The Valencia weekend was really good and here, I had a good feeling with my car as well. I wanted the two pole positions and that is what I got. In tomorrow’s race, one needs a good start and I have to try to maintain the lead on the opening lap. I hope for a win.”

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “Qualifying was good, but I am a little bit surprised to be that much down on Felix. However, I am fastest of my team and I am happy with second place. With the second set of tyres, I only had two clear laps, which were, in fact, quite good. In the first race tomorrow, my only goal will be to finish ahead of my title rivals and thus wrap up the title.”

WSR

CONOR DALY TO TEST WORLD SERIES RENAULT IN SPAIN

The current World Series Renault championship leading team, Tech1, will evaluate the skills of American Conor Daly at the upcoming series test on October 24th in Barcelona, Spain. The WSR series will conduct a two-day test after the final rounds of the championship that take place this weekend at Circuit de Catalunya. Daly will spend the prior week with the team between their base in France and trackside with them for the final races.

It will be Daly’s first taste of what many believe to be the fastest junior development car in Europe. The WSR championship draws large crowds all across Europe with races in locations such as Monte Carlo and Moscow, Russia. The 3.4L V8 engine produces 530 HP and is matched to a sophisticated aerodynamic package that includes a Formula One style Drag Reduction System rear rear wing (DRS).

“I am very much looking forward to the test because of what people have already told me about the car and how well it performs,” said Daly.  “In Hungary recently it was considerably faster than the GP2 car so it has to be mighty impressive to drive. I like the Barcelona circuit so its probably as good a place as any for me to learn a new car.” 

Daly finished 6th in this years GP3 championship with five podium finishes including a win in Barcelona in May.

 

WRC

SEBASTIEN LOEB HAS BLAMED AN INCORRECT PACE NOTE FOR BEING TOO FAST THROUGH THE CORNER WHERE HIS HOPES OF A NINTH VICTORY IN THIS YEAR’S FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ENDED THIS MORNING.

Loeb was leading Rally Italia Sardegna by 1.1s when he hit trouble, damaging his Citroen DS3 WRC’s steering striking a rock.

“I was pushing really, really hard but it was a little mistake in the notes in a corner,” said Loeb. “I entered a bit too fast and hit the stone on the exit. It threw the car into a spin and finally we spun on the road. I turned around and continued but the steering was very hard so I knew something was broken in the steering. I continued for a few corners but after the steering was blocked completely and I had to stop there.”

Loeb blamed the pace note error on a loss of concentration during reconnaissance after he picked up a puncture on the previous corner to where he went off.

Thierry Neuville, in a Qatar World Rally Team Citroen, will also go no further on Rally Italia Sardegna after the burns to his hands sustained when he was pushing his car back onto its wheels after he rolled on stage three proved too painful for him to continue.

 

COTA

MARIO ANDRETTI & PATRICK DEMPSEY TO DRIVE THE LOTUS F1 TEAM R30 IN AUSTIN

Lotus F1 Team is honoured to be the first team to take to the new Circuit of the Americas track ahead of the United States Grand Prix at Austin, Texas next month. American racing legend Mario Andretti, actor Patrick Dempsey and Lotus F1 Team third driver Jérôme D’Ambrosio will all complete demonstration runs behind the wheel of the team’s 2010 F1 challenger – the R30 – during the circuit’s Official Opening Ceremony on Sunday October 21.

1978 Formula 1 World Champion Mario Andretti will formally cut the ribbon to open the track by driving the opening laps of the circuit, in what will be his first time behind the wheel of a contemporary Formula 1 car since he last competed in the sport in 1982.

Actor Patrick Dempsey – known internationally for playing the character Dr. Derek Shepherd in TV drama Grey’s Anatomy – will take to the wheel of a Formula 1 car for the first time. Dempsey – who is an ambassador for Lotus F1 Team Official Partner Trina Solar – is a keen motor sport enthusiast who has contested a number of races in different categories, including racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Finally, Jérôme D’Ambrosio – who contested this year’s Italian Grand Prix for the team – will also conduct demonstration laps at the event, which takes place four weeks ahead of the United States Grand Prix; marking the return of Formula 1 to the USA after a five year absence.