Euroformula

Enzo Guibbert Volant Euroformula 2012

The EUROFORMULA driving school is an amazing training option for youngsters who dream of becoming a Formula 1 driver or who want to turn motorsport into a career, and the best drivers from each “Volant Euroformula” are today racing in national and international championships: 

–          The EUROFORMULA School was founded in 1997 and has since trained more than 30,000 drivers.

–          In order to spot new talent, the Euroformula school and its director, Laurent Fradon, organised the first “Volant Euroformula” in 2010

–          More than 120 drivers have taken part in the “Volant Euroformula” since its inception

–          The three previous winners are Paul Loup Chatin, Simon Gachet and Enzo Guibbert

–          An award of 60,000 euros goes to the winner.

–     Paul Loup Chatin, the winner of the first “Volant Euroformula” took part in the ALPS Championship and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, with some notable successes. This year he has thrown himself into the Le Mans Series Championship where he is leading the LMPC class with a victory. As well as competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup France, Paul Loup Chatin is the Alpine Junior driver in Endurance. 

–     Simon Gachet who succeeded Paul Loup Chatin on the roll of honour, finished on the 3rd step of the podium in the 2012 French F4 Championship. A true exploit for a young man who was only in his second year of competition and had never touched karting! This year he takes part in the ALPS Championship and drives a Formula Renault 2.0 for the Arta Engineering team, a few podium finishes should be on the cards soon 

–     Enzo Guibbert, when he came out head and shoulders above the rest in his finals became, at 16, the youngest winner of the “Volant Euroformula”! Up against some fierce competition, Enzo showed us not only that he has an exceptional gift for speed, but also great maturity. He takes part this year in the French GT Championship at the wheel of a Porsche for the Pro GT team managed by the experienced Philippe Alméras, who should be able to expedite his apprenticeship in this discipline. From his very first race in Le Bugatti, Enzo Guibbert was a surprise when he stepped up to 2nd on the podium in Race 2. Unlucky on the Imola circuit, in the second round of the championship, the young “Volant Euroformula” 2012 has the firm intention of racing in lead positions, June 8 and 9, on the Spa Francorchamps circuit. 

And not just the winners, other drivers are also front of stage in national and international motorsport like, for example, Alexandre Cougnaud (European F3 Open), Joffrey de Narda (ALPS Championship), Jules Gounon (French F4 Championship), Jordan Perroy (European F3 open), Darius Oskoui (ALPS Championship), Simon Tirman (ALPS Championship), Victor Sendin (Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0)… 

Without a doubt the Euroformula School has produced a lot of good drivers and Laurent Fradon, the director, tells us why:
We are the last true single-seater driving school in France with both tried and tested, and recognised training methods. It was logical for us to create a “Volant” in order to help the winner financially and also train all our students in single-seater racing. What we notice is that a good number of our drivers all shine in their respective discipline, demonstrating, if there was still such need, the level of skill the participants in the “Volant Euroformula” have. Our objective is to perpetuate a “Volant” in France because there aren’t any others anymore!” 

Make a date for the semi-finals and finals of the “Volant Euroformula” 2013 to find out who will succeed Enzo Guibbert on the Roll of Honour and pocket the €60,000 reward!

Formula 1

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Saturday

THE WILLIAMS F1 TEAM AND MERCEDES-BENZ ANNOUNCE LONG-TERM ENGINE PARTNERSHIP…

30th May, 2013. Grove, UK.  The Williams F1 Team (Ticker: WGF1) and Mercedes-Benz are pleased to announce the signature of a long-term engine partnership from the 2014 Formula One World Championship season onwards.

Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will be supplied with a Mercedes-Benz Power Unit (Internal Combustion Engine plus Energy Recovery System) by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK. Williams will continue to manufacture its own transmission.

The 2014 regulations will set the sport’s engineers the challenge of completing a 300 km race distance on a fuel load of just 100 kg. To do so, teams will switch from naturally aspirated 2.4 litre V8 engines to 1.6 litre V6 turbocharged hybrid Power Units. To achieve power outputs comparable to current levels from the new Power Unit will require a 30% increase in energy efficiency.

This step forward will be largely achieved through an Energy Recovery System (ERS) that will be able to deploy ten times more energy than the current KERS. The new ERS will recover energy from both the exhaust turbine and the rear axle, as well as deploying energy back to both.

These new technical developments will offer significantly greater opportunities for technology transfer from Formula One to real-world applications in areas such as battery technology, turbocharging, energy recovery and combustion efficiency.

Speaking about the new engine partnership, Williams F1 Team Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams said; “I’m delighted to announce our new association with Mercedes-Benz for the 2014 Formula One season and beyond. Mercedes-Benz has been one of the sport’s most successful engine suppliers and we believe that they will have an extremely competitive engine package. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Renault for their continued hard work since we renewed our engine partnership at the beginning of the 2012 season. We have enjoyed a strong relationship that has resulted in much success over the years, including powering us to winning ways once again last year at the Spanish Grand Prix.”

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said “The announcement of this partnership is exciting news for Williams. Securing the right engine supply partnership is a key milestone in the implementation of our strategy for long term success. We are also pleased to conclude this agreement early in the season and we very much look forward to working with Mercedes AMG HPP in developing our 2014 race car.”

Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes AMG HPP, commented: “It is a very proud moment for everybody at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains to announce the start of this new partnership with the Williams F1 Team. Williams is one of the sport’s iconic names and we are very excited to be working together towards a successful future under the new regulations. A further positive is that this new agreement provides Mercedes-Benz with the long-term stability of supplying our works team and at least two partners from the 2015 season onwards, following the conclusion of our relationship with McLaren at the end of next season.”

Toto Wolff, Executive Director of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, concluded: “The proud heritage of Williams and the company’s commitment to technological excellence make it a perfect long-term partner for Mercedes-Benz under the new powertrain regulations. It is a win-win situation for both HPP and Williams, which will ensure HPP is able to supply at least three teams on a long-term basis under the new regulations and could open interesting new perspectives for technology transfer. We look forward to enjoying much success together over the coming years.”

GP3

Pirelli

GP3 tweaks tyre compounds for rest of 2013 season…
 
The 2013 GP3 Series season opened this month in Barcelona and introduced the Series’ second generation car. Following Round 1 and after analysing together with our partner Pirelli how the race weekend unfolded, it has been decided to readjust the tyre compounds for the upcoming rounds. This decision was taken in order to help put in light the drivers’ skills and allow them to race more combatively, but at the same time keep in line with the philosophy of the Series: starting to develop young drivers’ sensitivity to tyre management for the next steps.
 
Last winter, the development programme with Pirelli aimed at defining several options for the GP3 tyres. In light of the results from Barcelona, it emerged that the tyre selection was slightly too aggressive for combative racing. Thanks to the development work which took place over winter between GP3 and Pirelli, the compound adjustment to a harder range for each event (including a Super Hard tyre where a Hard compound was going to be used) was easy to put in place and will be seen from next month in Valencia for the second round of the season.
 
GP3 Series CEO Bruno Michel commented: “We are very pleased with how Pirelli work and react to any given situation. The GP3/13 is a new car – one that’s proven to be reliable and competitive. GP3 races have always showcased drivers giving maximum attack whilst starting to learn how to manage the tyre degradation. After Barcelona, we analysed that we had to fine-tune our compound selection to a harder range in order to keep that balance intact. Pirelli have been quick to adapt to the situation in terms of production too.”
 
Pirelli’s Racing Manager Mario Isola said: “Following the first two races we analysed the data and together with the Series organizers we have decided to revise some of the initial choices, which turned out to be slightly too performance-orientated, considering some of the greatly increased forces that the brand new GP3 car is putting on the tyres. In pre-season testing the teams had the opportunity to run the new car on our new tyres, but due to the temperatures at that time of year, the track conditions were not completely representative and the full potential of the car-tyre package could not be exploited. Now that we are four to five seconds per lap quicker than last year, and with a good amount of representative data from Barcelona, we have decided to make more use of the harder compounds for the GP3 races so that the drivers can push their cars closer to the limit but still learn about tyre management.”
 

Le Mans

LEMANS

24 HOURS OF LE MANS: IN THE HEADLIGHTS
 
The 90th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is fast approaching. Less than four weeks separates the 56 invited teams from the moment of truth. The competitive dress rehearsals have been held and, while a test weekend still beckons, the top teams know the die has all but been cast. Polishing perfection is the all-consuming challenge for the remaining days leading to the race start at 15:00 CET on Saturday 22 June.

Le Mans Prototypes, particularly the eight competitors in LMP1, take the front row in speculation about the destination of overall honours. The three Audi ‘works’ or manufacturer teams head into the race with huge confidence following dominant displays at the 6 Hours of Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps earlier this season. The hybrid R18 e-tron quattro appears unstoppable, but 24 hours of flat out driving on the demanding Circuit de la Sarthe is the consummate test. Human and mechanical precision, reliability and performance will be comprehensively examined. The two entries from Toyota will have built on last year’s disappointing experience, aiming to improve and turn promise into threat. The privateer entries will hold out hope of profiting should their accomplished rivals fail to meet the standards required to succeed.

The LMP2 class is the largest with 22 entries representing 11 nations. GTE Pro(fessional) features 12 cars and GTE Am(ateur) 13. The GTE cars may be less powerful than the prototypes, but the Ferraris, Porsches, Aston Martins and Corvettes that make up the majority are no less resolute in the pursuit of victory within class.  Every team entered at the 24 Hours of Le Mans invests considerable time, energy and resource to find that special blend of design and technology that will withstand the rigours of the race.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an event that endures effortlessly. Able to captivate, to impassion and to enthuse, its legacy is ever growing and its ability to inspire teams to measure physical ability and mental capacity in a trial of man and machine is undiminished. The next chapter in its illustrious 90-year history is about to open; on the 23 June at 15:00 its twists and turns will be part of the legend.

 

Formula 1

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NICO ROSBERG WINS AN ACTION PACKED 2013 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO…

Nico Rosberg took his second career victory today at the Monaco Grand Prix on the streets of his home city.-

• Nico’s win came exactly 30 years after his father, Keke, scored the second win of his own career at Monaco in 1983-

• Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after losing position during the pit stops at the start of the first Safety Car period-

• In spite of two Safety Car periods and one red flag interruption, Nico led every lap of the race after starting from pole-

Nico Rosberg
Monaco is such a special place to win and it just feels amazing today. It was my childhood dream to win this race and to do it in a Silver Arrow on the streets where I have lived all of my life is fantastic. I can’t quite believe it has happened yet and it will probably take a while to sink in. Thank you to the team for the car that we had this weekend and it’s good to have been able to show the same level of performance on Sunday and convert our pole position. The whole weekend went pretty much to plan, even though qualifying was tough with the weather conditions. I didn’t have the best start today which meant Lewis and Seb got pretty close but after the first corner, I was able to set my own pace. Then it was just a case of keeping a cool head through all the incidents and the team did a great job of keeping me in touch with what was happening. Thank you to everyone here today and back at the factories in Brackley and Brixworth. I hope this win today is the first of many more to come for us.

Lewis Hamilton
It’s been a great weekend for the team and I’m really happy for everyone. Big congratulations to Nico, he’s been awesome all weekend here and really deserves that victory. From my side, this weekend hasn’t really been the best and we didn’t make the most of the opportunity for a one-two finish today. When the safety car came out, I needed to maintain a gap so we didn’t get delayed with the double pit stop but unfortunately the gap was too big and we lost out to the two Red Bulls. That’s motor racing and these things happen sometimes. It’s the tightest track in the world here and virtually impossible to overtake unless you are much quicker than the car in front so there was nothing I could do to improve my position. But it’s great for the team to have achieved our first victory of the season and I hope we can carry through the performance we showed here to Montreal.

Ross Brawn 
Congratulations to Nico today. He did not put a foot wrong all weekend, topping every session and driving a very poised and controlled race. He richly deserves this second win of his career. Lewis was running very comfortably in second position until the Safety Car period just before both drivers had made their first stops. The team did a fantastic job all weekend in a challenging qualifying session and a difficult race. But we are all aware, Monaco is not a completely representative circuit. We will take the time this evening to enjoy our success but know that we need to keep pushing to understand how to extract the maximum from our car at every circuit and keep improving further.

Toto Wolff
Nico was dominant not just this afternoon but all weekend. He did everything right from the first lap on Thursday and he really earned this victory. Lewis lost some time in the second sector on his in-lap behind the Safety Car and that cost him position to the Red Bulls, so we need to find out what happened there. As for the team, congratulations to everybody in Brackley and Brixworth. The guys at the track overcame all the obstacles that were put in their way this weekend and the team at the factory have achieved a great step in performance with the car. Now we need to keep pushing so we can repeat this taste of success at different types of circuit through the rest of the season.
PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS


The Monaco Grand Prix
Monte Carlo, Monaco;
78 laps; 260.520km;
Weather: .

Classified:

Pos  Driver         Team
 1.  Rosberg        Mercedes
 2.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault
 3.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault
 4.  Hamilton       Mercedes
 5.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes
 6.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes
 7.  Alonso         Ferrari
 8.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari
 9.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes
10.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault
11.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari
12.  Bottas         Williams-Renault
13.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari
14.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth
15.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault
DNF. Perez          McLaren-Mercedes
DNF. Grosjean       Lotus-Renault
DNF. Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari
DNF. Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth
DNF. Maldonado      Williams-Renault
DNF. Massa          Ferrari
DNF. Pic            Caterham-Renault

World Championship standings, round 6:

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        107        1.  Red Bull-Renault          164
 2.  Raikkonen      86        2.  Ferrari                   123
 3.  Alonso         78        3.  Lotus-Renault             112
 4.  Hamilton       62        4.  Mercedes                  109
 5.  Webber         57        5.  Force India-Mercedes       44
 6.  Rosberg        47        6.  McLaren-Mercedes           37
 7.  Massa          45        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         12
 8.  Di Resta       28        8.  Sauber-Ferrari              5
 9.  Grosjean       26
10.  Button         25
11.  Sutil          16
12.  Perez          12
13.  Ricciardo       7
14.  Hulkenberg      5
15.  Vergne          5

British F3

 

First spoils to Buller at Silverstone

Brit steers clear of trouble as Jones steals National class

Fortec Motorsports’ William Buller took the opening win of the 2013 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, with a solid eight second victory in race one at Silverstone on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 

It was Performance Racing Europe’s John Bryant-Meisner finished first on the road, but his invitation class status means the Swede doesn’t score points, despite taking the flag ahead of Buller.

Bryant-Meisner started from pole, but a slow start for fellow front-row starter Jordan King dropped the Carlin driver down the field, team-mate Nicholas Latifi taking up second place at King’s expense.

Canadian Latifi defended his position valiantly on the opening lap, but came under pressure immediately from Fortec Motorsport’s Felix Serralles. The Puerto Rican made a brave move around the outside through the high-speed Abbey corner, but the pair made contact at the loop when Latifi tried to respond, both dropping to last as they sat locked together in the middle of the track.

It was Buller that took up second place ahead of team-mate Felipe Guimaraes, but the latter was soon overpowered by both Carlin’s Jann Mardenborough and then King, who made an impressive recovery through the field following his slow getaway.

Twenty-year-old Buller then found himself under extreme pressure from the two Carlin drivers. GT-turned single-seater racer Mardenborough ran slightly wide following an attempt to overtake the former three-time British F3 race winner around the outside at Stowe corner; fellow F3 rookie King took full advantage and slipped through at Club. The battle continued as Mardenborough hung on through Village before fending off the Carlin driver’s next attack at Brooklands.

The battle between the two Carlin drivers ended prematurely following a move up the inside into the Village loop by King that resulted in contact; King retired to the pits while team-mate Mardenborough spun, retiring also with left-rear suspension damage.

Although now some ten seconds behind invitation class entrant Bryant-Meisner, Buller was a comfortable first in the International class ahead of his Brazilian team-mate, Guimaraes. Elsewhere, a drive-through penalty for Double R’s Antonio Giovinazzi for not respecting track limits dropped the Italian to fifth position, handing third to team-mate Sean Gelael and fourth to the third Double R Dallara-Mercedes of Tatiana Calderon who thrived amidst the surrounding pressure.

The race order remained that way until the chequered flag, Buller triumphing in the first race of the season from team-mate Guimaraes making it two Fortec drivers on the podium and a strong podium finish for Gelael, the youngest driver on the grid.

National Class pole-sitter Ed Jones survived a first-lap scare when a sideways moment sent him onto the grass exiting Becketts, but he recovered through to field to bring his West-Tec machine home first ahead of long-time race leader, CF Racing’s Sun Zheng, Jones dispatching fellow team-mate Cameron Twynham before snatching success from the Chinese driver in the dying moments of the race.

Mark Bailey Racing’s Alice Powell was another driver not to see the chequered flag, pulling off the race track with mechanical problems having battled with the National Class cars for much of the race.

The top eight finishers from race one will be reversed to decide the grid for race two tomorrow, . Sunday seeing two further 30-minute races, race two beginning at 12 pm while the third gets underway at 4:55 pm.

Quotes:
John Bryant-Meisner,  #51 Performance Racing Europe Dallara-Volkswagen (INV) (OTR Winner)
‘It’s a very good feeling. I made a great start, and then I was clear of the battles going on behind me, which meant I could get away. The car was exactly where I wanted it. Even without the boost the car was still quick, and actually felt more consistent.’

Ed Jones, #81 Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota (NAT) (Class Winner)
‘It didn’t get off to the best start, coming out of Becketts I hit the kerb and that put me off onto the grass so I dropped more or less to the back of the field. I had some good racing with people from then; Zheng was hard to do much about as his car was fast in a straight line, but I managed to finally get a good run on him and got by.’

Race one results:
– John Bryant-Meisner / SWE, Performance Racing Europe Dallara-Volkswagen   31:07.288
1 Will Buller / GBR, Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes    +16.533
2 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA, Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes   +25.163
3 Sean Gelael / IDN, Double R Dallara-Mercedes   +39.513
4 Tatiana Calderon / COL, Double R Dallara-Mercedes    +40.142
5 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Double R Dallara-Mercedes   +51.888*

National Class result:
1 Ed Jones / GBR, Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota   32:21.519
2 Sun Zheng / CHI, CF Racing Dallara-NBE   +5.734
3 Cameron Twynham / GBR, Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota   +7.358
*Five-second time penalty added to their race time.

Provisional championship standings
1 Buller 25 points; 2 Guimaraes 18 points; 3 Gelael 15 points; 4 Calderon 12 points; 5 Giovinazzi 10 points.