GP3

Ellinas edges Niederhauser for victory in Barcelona

Ellinas edges Niederhauser for victory in Barcelona…
 
Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas wins Race 1 in Spain
 
What a start to the 2013 GP3 Series for Tio Ellinas: The Cypriot becomes the first driver in GP3 history to win consecutive races in different seasons, following his victory in Monza 2012 and becoming victorious in the opening round of this year. It was the perfect start with Ellinas pocketing 31 points with pole and fastest lap. It was a nail-biting conclusion with Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser glued to the back of his GP3 machine until the chequered flag with ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly joining in the titanic tussle.
 
Poleman Tio Ellinas made one his traditional lightning getaways to secure the lead with the top three holding station in a trouble-free first lap. MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat was the man on the move, passing Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia early on.
 
The Cypriot pushed hard and opened up a 3.5s advantage back to his Swiss rival, posting fastest laps. An early casualty was Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) who retired with technical issues. Yelloly decided he’d had enough of Kvyat’s MW Arden machine and the duel began with the two swapping places with the Brit’ getting the better of him.
 
At the midway point Ellinas held a comfortable three second advantage over Niederhauser as drivers began to struggle with tyre degradation. There were ten drivers fighting within three seconds of each to get into the points scoring positions, with action aplenty and drivers three abreast.
 
Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli had a premature end to his race after making contact with the back of Kevin Korjus’ Koiranen GP car, as the action began to hot up at the front of the field. All eyes were on the duo of Ellinas and Niederhauser as the Swiss driver began to put immense pressure on his Cypriot rival. Ellinas resisted his best efforts but that wasn’t going to stop Niederhauser who was giving everything. On the final lap, Daly joined in on the fun as the trio charged hard, but the race belonged to Ellinas who didn’t put a foot wrong, winning by a half a second, with the American one second back.
 
Yelloly was fourth at the chequered flag, ahead of Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP) and best rookie of the race Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix.). David Fumanelli (Trident), Korjus, Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) and Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) completed the points and the top ten.
 
Ellinas heads the Driver’s Standings on 31 points, with Niederhauser on 18 and Daly on 15.
 
Reverse Pole goes to Korjus for Race 2 which takes place at 09.25 CET tomorrow morning.
 
Barcelona – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
3.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
4.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
5.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
6.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
7.
David Fumanelli
Trident
8.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
9.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
10.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
11.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
12.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
13.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
14.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
15.
Carlos Sainz Jr
MW Arden
16.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
18.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
20.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
21.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
23.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
24.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix

Formula 1

Mercedes

FRONT ROW FOR THE SILVER ARROWS

For Nico, “it’s a great feeling to be on pole again. So far this weekend has been very positive and it’s a pleasure to see that the team is improving and fighting through the problems together. I know everyone back at the factory and at home will have been watching this afternoon and it’s a great feeling for all of us. 

However, we know that this is only half of the job completed and have the painful memory of what happened in Bahrain to prove that. We’ve worked very hard on our race pace but this track is tough for the tyres, particularly with graining. 

So it will be a big challenge tomorrow and our goal is to make the most of the opportunity we have from starting at the front and get a strong result for the team.”

Lewis feels the team did “a great job and I’m so happy that we got a one-two qualifying result today. It’s a real bonus for us to be so high up, and that’s all down to the hard work that the team have put into this car, I can’t thank them enough.

Of course, I’d like to be one place higher but Nico did an awesome job and really nailed his lap. I’ve not been totally happy with the balance of my car all weekend, even today, so we need to look at it this evening and see what we can do for the race. 

Limiting the degradation is going to be my major challenge as the general pace isn’t too bad. It’s going to be tough to keep these positions tomorrow but we’ll give it our best shot.”

GP2

Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson dashes to maiden pole
 
Swedish driver leads 1-2 for DAMS in qualifying session in Barcelona
 
Marcus Ericsson was unbeatable in today’s qualifying session at Circuit de Catalunya: the Swedish ace put his DAMS car at the top of the standings early in the session. His laptime was bettered in the dying minutes by teammate Stéphane Richelmi, but for mere seconds only: Ericsson found extra pace to improve and crossed the finish line in a blazing 1:28.706.
 
Although ominous dark clouds loomed above the Spanish circuit as the pitlane opened, the track remained dry for the whole session. Series leader Stefano Coletti was quick to claim P1 in 1:29.426, but James Calado went one tenth faster, dropping the Monegasque driver to P2. Ericsson was on a mission and clocked in a laptime of 1:29.095 enough to make him sit pretty at the top. Sam Bird was the first rival to try and snatch pole from the Swede, but he ended up one tenth behind Ericsson. Felipe Nasr was next: the Brazilian’s efforts got him second, a shy 0.05s from P1.
 
The drivers made their way back to the pits for a fresh set of soft tyres, with Ericsson staying put and observing his competition until the final minutes. The clock kept ticking down and no one could match the Swede’s laptime. Nasr went for another flier, but it was not good enough. Bird made another attempt as well and lit the first sector in purple. He improved on his second sector, but a slow third sector crushed the Brit’s hopes for pole. In the dying minutes, Richelmi was not done with his day: the Monegasque driver found a perfect lap and broke under the 1m29s barrier, setting a laptime of 1:28.871. But his joy was short-lived: just moments after he crossed the finish line, Ericsson improved on his teammate’s time by one tenth thus pocketing his first GP2 pole position.
 
Behind the DAMS pair, Nasr retained third ahead of Bird with Coletti and Fabio Leimer in tow. Calado finished seventh ahead of rookie Robin Frijns, Kevin Ceccon and Kevin Giovesi. The décor is set for tomorrow’s feature race.
 
Barcelona – Qualifying Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:28.706
10
2.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:28.871
10
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:29.152
11
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:29.188
9
5.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:29.213
10
6.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:29.293
11
7.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:29.318
5
8.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
1:29.321
11
9.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
1:29.424
10
10.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:29.425
10
11.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:29.609
11
12.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:29.668
10
13.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:29.685
10
14.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:29.739
10
15.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:29.759
11
16.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:29.792
10
17.
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Racing
1:29.804
10
18.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:29.824
12
19
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:29.936
11
20.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:29.956
11
21.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:29.969
10
22.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:30.020
10
23.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:30.025
11
24.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:30.025
14
25.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:30.763
10
26.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:30.773
12