In pouring rain and extreme conditions, FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers battled for points and positions in the second race of the season. At the 5.793 kilometres long Grand Prix circuit in the royal park of Monza, Pascal Wehrlein (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) prevailed and was presented with the winner’s trophy after 14 laps. Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) was classified second from Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational).

Because of the continuous rain, the clerk of the course decided to let the field start behind the safety car into the planned 19 laps. The field was released after four laps. 18-year-old Pascal Wehrlein did not keep the lead for one full lap, as he got off the track on the slippery asphalt and lost first place to Raffaele Marciello. After that, Wehrlein started the hunt for the Italian and a range of fast laps allowed him to close up into the slipstream of the Prema driver. On lap eleven, he eventually overtook Marciello and went on to win.

Tom Blomqvist, Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Harry Tincknell (Carlin), Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports), Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports), Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) and Sven Müller (ma-con) rounded out the top ten in a race that saw plenty of spins and drivers off the track. Måns Grenhagen (Van Amersfoort Racing) had the heaviest accident when he attempted to overtake Jordan King (Carlin) on lap twelve but hit the back of William Buller’s (ThreeBond with T-Sport) car. The Swede’s car barrel-rolled several times, but the driver escaped unscathed, just like the other two people involved. After that, the race was neutralised behind the safety car and finished that way.

Pascal Wehrlein (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“Conditions were anything but easy and for me, it was even the first time driving at Monza in the rain. On the first free lap, I made a mistake because I was pushing too much. But I was able to close up to Raffaele again and overtake him later on. Victory in my final weekend of Formula 3 racing is what I had hoped for.”

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“Second place is a good result, I am happy with it as it gives many valuable points. When Pascal attacked me just before the end, I didn’t do much to defend my position. Pascal is only racing Formula 3 this weekend and will then graduate into the DTM, so he isn’t a rival in the battle for the title.”

Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational)
“Today, it wasn’t easy, because the track was very wet. When driving behind somebody, you could hardly see anything because of the spray and it was very, very slippery. My goal was to bring the car home in one piece. Of course, I am very happy with the fact that I finished third.”

Formula 1

Vettel sepang podium 2013


SEBASTIAN VETTEL “I messed up today. I would love to come up with a nice excuse as to why I did it, but I can’t. I can understand Mark’s frustration and the team not being happy with what I did today; I owe an explanation to him and the whole team. I will try to explain to them later. We talk about this situation happening many times and what we will do if and when it happens and normally it doesn’t, but today it did and I should have translated the call into action. I got the call and I ignored it. Mark and I are used to fighting each other when we’re close, but with the tyres how they are now, and not knowing how long they will last, it was an extremely big risk to ignore the call to stay second. We could have ended up finishing eighth or ninth after destroying the tyres in those two laps; I put myself above a team decision, which was wrong. I didn’t mean to and I apologise. I’m not happy I’ve won, I made a mistake and if I could undo it I would. It’s not easy right now and I owe apologies to Mark and the team.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 5th
“I think Sebastian has respect for me and I have respect for him, but the situation today was not handled well. It’s hard to put your finger on it all now after the race; when we’re racing on the limit and pushing as hard as we can, then it’s the worst situation for a team. I am sure they are bricking themselves and know that things can go wrong. There’s a bit of history to this as well; my mind in the last 15 laps was thinking about a lot of things, but I was happy with the way I drove. I tried to isolate what happened at the end and we got something out of it today, but of course I’m not satisfied with the result. This puts heat on a few people and unfortunately there’s no rewind button. I know people want raw emotion from us after these situations and it’s there, but we need to remain cool. There’s three weeks until the next race, so time for us to work on things.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “Before getting into anything else, it was a phenomenal team performance from the car and pit crew today with the pit crew recording fantastically fast stops. We recorded our fastest ever time on Mark’s second stop, which is possibly a new best-ever in the pit lane. Obviously there’s an awful lot of debate about what happened at the end of the race. Our position after that finial pit stop was all about managing the race until the end and conserving our tyres, getting the cars to the finish and achieving maximum points. Unfortunately drivers’ interests can sometimes come into conflict with the teams’. Sebastian decided to take things into his own hands today and race Mark, thankfully making a clean pass and switching the order to the flag. It’s frustrating. Formula One is both a team and an individual sport and sometimes there is a conflict between a driver’s desire and a team’s interest. What happened today is something that shouldn’t have happened. It’s something that Sebastian has apologised for and it’s something that we will discuss internally as a team.”

Formula 1

vettel pole


Sebastian Vettel stole the race from Red Bull teammate Mark Webber as Webber was told by the team to hold the lead and turn his engine down Vettel against team orders past Webber in the final laps of the race to win the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Vettel, who earlier in the race complained to the team about Webber’s slow pace, battled the Australian for much of the day, with the cars almost touching as the German grabbed the lead on the 46th lap for his 27th victory. The surprising run of Mercedes continued, with 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton coming in third ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg.

It was a disastrous day for Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who crashed out of the race on the second lap after damaging his front wing when he bumped Vettel a lap earlier.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault           
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault           +     4.298
 3.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +      12.1
 4.  Rosberg        Mercedes                   +    12.640
 5.  Massa          Ferrari                    +      25.6
 6.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +      35.5
 7.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +      48.4
 8.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +      53.0
 9.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +      72.3
10.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +      87.1
11.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +      88.6
12.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
13.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
14.  Pic            Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
15.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
16.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
17.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +          
18.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +          
19.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +          
20.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +          
21.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes       +          
22.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +          

Fastest lap: Perez, 1m39.199


Coletti wins sepang 2013

Rapax driver wins Sunday race at Sepang International Circuit
He wanted it so badly! Stefano Coletti took a lights-to-flag win in this morning’s Sprint Race at Sepang International Circuit and made up for yesterday’s disappointment. The Monegasque driver made a stunning start from sixth on the grid to claim the lead, then kept Felipe Nasr at bay to cross the finish line eight tenths ahead of the Brazilian. Mitch Evans scored a podium finish on his first GP2 race weekend with third place.
Stéphane Richelmi made a good start from reverse pole, but not as good as Felipe Nasr and Mitch Evans who both attacked the Monegasque driver at the entrance of Turn 1. Coletti had his own agenda however: he made a blazing start from sixth and made his way round the outside of Turn 1 to take the lead. He immediately put his head down and tried to build as much of a gap as possible. Behind him, Nasr had disposed of Richelmi and started to hunt down the leader. Unfortunately for the Carlin man, Coletti managed a two second gap and stayed in control of his pace and tyre degradation.
There was more drama further down the field as a slow start from James Calado dropped him in the middle of the pack with little room to manoeuvre. The Brit collided with Fabio Leimer’s rear wheel which sent him crashing into Julian Leal and Sam Bird. Leimer could continue, but the other three retired prematurely.
As Coletti kept control of the proceedings with Nasr in tow, Richelmi started to struggle on his tyres and began feeling the pressure from a faster Evans. With six laps to go, the DAMS man locked up his tyres and ran too wide allowing the New Zealander to claim third into the final corner on lap 16. The final stages of the race saw even more casualties in the top eight: Leimer who was running in sixth also had a big moment and ran wide at Turn 11 and dropped out of the points.
There was no such drama at the front as Coletti perfectly managed his race and tyres until the chequered flag, enjoying a third GP2 win and taking the lead in the drivers’ standings. Behind Nasr and Evans, Richelmi retained fourth ahead of Johnny Cecotto, Simon Trummer, rookie Conor Daly and Rene Binder.
In the drivers’ standings, Coletti leads with 36 points over Leimer. Nasr is third on 24 points with Calado fourth on 18 points. Round 2 of the GP2 Series will take place in four weeks time at Bahrain International Circuit.
Kuala Lumpur– Sprint race
Stefano Coletti
Felipe Nasr
Mitch Evans
Arden International
Stéphane Richelmi
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Simon Trummer
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Jolyon Palmer
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Tom Dillmann
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
Marcus Ericsson
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
Not Classified
Sam Bird
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
Fastest Lap : Nathanaël Berthon (Trident Racing) – 1:48.780 on lap 18