GP3

Giovanni Venturini

Venturini victorious in Silverstone Race 2-
 
Trident and Giovanni Venturini score first win in GP3 Series…
 
It was a race of firsts: Giovanni Venturini and his Trident team both celebrated their debut wins’ in the category as the Italian National anthem played out over the Silverstone circuit. The Italian driver took a commanding victory after starting from reverse pole and handled immense pressure from Carlin’s Nick Yelloly. The Brit finished P2 in his home race with Jenzer Motorsport’s Alex Fontana in third.
 
On another dry, warm day at the Northamptonshire circuit, Venturini made a good start but it was local favourite Yelloly who made an even better getaway, passing Fontana in the first few metres. The Carlin driver was quick to set his sights on the lead and got alongside the Italian, sneaking in front for a few seconds, but ran wide over the kerb losing time, allowing Venturini reclaim his lead.
 
Dino Zamparelli, Emanuele Zonzini, Adderly Fong and Conor Daly didn’t complete lap one after being involved in incidents on the first lap. Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) and Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) were involved in their own tussle for P4 as the drivers looked after their Pirelli Super Hard tyres early on ready for the push in the final laps.
 
There was nothing to give between Venturini and Yelloly at the front as the laps ticked down. Spurred on by the huge, home crowd, the Brit was trying everything in the final few laps to find a way through. The Italian defended with all his might, eager to taste victory in GP3 for the first time. Fontana was a keen observer, close in pursuit of the duo, ready to pounce on any mistake.
 
As the chequered flag was waved, Venturini expressed his joy of taking his first win, as did his Trident team jumping for joy in the pitlane at their success. P2 for Yelloly was his best result on his GP3 career, as was Fontana’s third place – the Swiss driver’s debut rostrum. Kvyat continued to collect points with fourth, with Regalia, Ellinas, Harvey and Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP) rounding out the points positions.
 
Venturini’s win was the sixth different winner of the 2013 campaign showing what a competitive season GP3 is having. Today’s result also showcased six different teams in the top six.
 
Ellinas remains on top in the Drivers’ Standings on 69 points, Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) who narrowly missed out on a points finish in Race 2 is second on 59 points, with Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) on 51. ART Grand Prix lead the Teams Standings with 134, next up are Koiranen GP on 103 and MW Arden are third with 85.
 
GP3 will be next in action for Round 5 in just a number of days when the Series travels to Nurburg in Germany on 05-07 July.
Silverstone – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
2.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
3.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
5.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
6.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
7.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
8.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
10.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
12.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
13.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
14.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
15.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
16.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
17.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
18.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
19.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
20.
David Fumanelli
Trident
21.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Not Classified
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
 
Fastest Lap : Daniil Kvyat – MW Arden : 1 :49.112 on lap 15

Formula 1

Nico Rosberg Monaco 2013

NICO ROSBERG WINS A PIRELLI SHREDDING BRITISH GRAND PRIX! AS Hamilton, Massa, Vergne and Perez all suffer punctures…

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg claimed victory in a hugely dramatic British Grand Prix overshadowed by four major tyre failures and which witnessed a retirement for Sebastian Vettel which has breathed unexpected new life into the 2013 title battle.

On lap eight, when polesitter Lewis Hamilton hopes of a second home victory – and the hopes of the packed Silverstone crowd – were dashed when the left-rear tyre spectacularly blew in a firework display of rubber as he came onto the Wellington Straight.

But rather than proving an isolated incident, over the next seven laps repeat failures were seen on the left-rear tyres of first Felipe Massa, and then most scarily of all at 190mph on the run to Stowe, Jean-Eric Vergne to put the spotlight more than ever on the safety of Pirelli’s tyres.

While the exact reason for the left-rear tyres – the final one of which claimed McLaren’s Sergio Perez late on for the second time this weekend – are unknown, drivers were subsequently, and almost unprecedentedly, told by their concerned race engineers to stay away from the circuit’s multitude of high-speed kerbs with teams also increasing their cars’ tyre pressures at their subsequent stops to guard against further blow-outs.

Vettel, having run second to Hamilton in the early laps, seemed on course for his fourth win of the season but ten laps from home his Red Bull RB9 started crawling around the end of the lap and ultimately gave up the ghost as he make it onto the pit straight.

With another caution period, the as, with Mark Webber, after a disastorous start from fourth, racing back through to the back of the winning Mercedes with Fernando Alonso third and Hamilton, having at one point dropped to the back, fourth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

The British Grand Prix
Silverstone, Britain;
52 laps; 306.198km;
Weather: Sunny.

Classified:

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Rosberg        Mercedes                   1h32:59.456
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault           +     0.765
 3.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +     7.124
 4.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +     7.756
 5.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +    11.257
 6.  Massa          Ferrari                    +    14.573
 7.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +    16.335
 8.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    16.500
 9.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes       +    17.993
10.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +    19.700
11.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +    21.100
12.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +    25.000
13.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +    25.900
14.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +    26.200
15.  Pic            Caterham-Renault           +    31.600
16.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +    36.000
17.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +  1:07.600
18.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault           +  1:07.700
19.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +     1 lap

Fastest lap: Webber, 1:33.401

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Perez          McLaren-Mercedes             47
Vettel         Red Bull-Renault             42
Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari           36

World Championship standings, round 8:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        132        1.  Red Bull-Renault          219
 2.  Alonso        111        2.  Mercedes                  169
 3.  Raikkonen     100        3.  Ferrari                   168
 4.  Hamilton       87        4.  Lotus-Renault             126
 5.  Webber         87        5.  Force India-Mercedes       59
 6.  Rosberg        82        6.  McLaren-Mercedes           37
 7.  Massa          57        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         24
 8.  Di Resta       36        8.  Sauber-Ferrari              6
 9.  Grosjean       26       
10.  Button         25       
11.  Sutil          23       
12.  Vergne         13       
13.  Perez          12       
14.  Ricciardo      11       
15.  Hulkenberg      6

GP2

Jon Lancaster

Lancaster second home victor in Silverstone- Hilmer driver claims his first GP2 win-
 
Jon Lancaster dominated this morning’s sprint race in Silverstone, repeating countryman Sam Bird’s victory yesterday with a crushing display of pace and guile to claim his first win in the series by 6.5 seconds from Rio Haryanto and James Calado.
 
The win was set up by an amazing start when the lights went out: front row starters Julian Leal and Haryanto were slow to get off the line, with Lancaster pushing right and through before the first turn, while Calado was even quicker away from P8 to line up behind Haryanto as the rest looked for a way by the Stéphane Richelmi / Jolyon Palmer collision at the second corner.
 
Lancaster took full advantage of his great position by setting a string of fastest laps, with no one else able to come close to his pace. Behind the top three were Leal, Tom Dillmann, Marcus Ericsson, Bird and Jake Rosenzweig, all of whom were soon trying to balance the need to preserve their tyres against the disappearing silhouette of the leader.
 
Bird was clearly looking for another podium, and pushed Ericsson all the way round his home circuit: the Swede put up a brave defence but ran wide to avoid a slowing Sergio Canamasas with a broken front wing, leaving the line open for the Englishman to push through to fifth. As the race ran down he easily dispatched his teammate too, as tyres came into play.
 
Felipe Nasr had saved his tyres well, and with a few laps to go he struck: the Brazilian slid inside Ericsson at the Loop and was soon all over the back of Dillmann: as Lancaster crossed the line to the delight of the fans, followed by Haryanto and Calado just holding off Leal and Bird, Nasr had a big look at Dillmann at Stowe but was denied, with the Frenchman desperately hanging on at the line for P6 from Nasr, with Ericsson just denying Alexander Rossi, who moved up from P20 on the grid, for the final point.
 
With the Silverstone weekend now complete, Stefano Coletti’s points lead has been shrunk a little to Nasr, 120 points to 98, while Bird moves up to 89 points ahead of Leimer on 66 and Calado on 52. Carlin maintain their lead in the team’s championship with 137 points, while RUSSIAN TIME move up to second on 132 points from Rapax on 128, Racing Engineering on 88 and Hilmer Motorsport on 83. 
Silverstone – Sprint race
Driver
Team
1.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
2.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
3.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
4.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
5.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
6.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
7.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
8.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
9.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
10.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
11.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
12.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
13.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
14.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
15.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
16.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
17.
Fabrizio Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
18.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
19.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
20.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Not Classified
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Robin Frijns
Hilmer motorsport
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
Fastest Lap : Jon Lancaster (Hilmer Motorsport) – 1:43.047 on lap 6

GP3

Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix)

Home hero Harvey victorious in Silverstone Race 1-
 
ART GP rookie takes maiden win in GP3…
 
Happy Harvey! After narrowly missing out on pole position to Kevin Korjus, Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) made a brilliant start to claim his debut win in the category, topping it off by taking the honours at his home race in front of a large, enthusiastic Silverstone crowd, as well as pocketing points for fastest lap. Korjus (Koiranen GP) was second with ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia third.
 
Clear skies and a temperature of 20 degrees awaited the 27 GP3 drivers as they lined up on the grid. Korjus had pole but it was Harvey from P3 who made a great getaway to move into the lead and demote Korjus and Regalia. His ART Grand Prix teammate Conor Daly was also another man on the move, unfortunately the American made a jump start from P9 into P2 by the first corner.
 
Harvey was quick to build an advantage at the front, increasing the gap lap, by lap. Daly remained in P2, ahead of Korjus, Regalia, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing.) There was a collision between Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP) and Trident’s David Fumanelli when the young Finn made contact with the back of the Italian’s machine which sent him airborne. Kujala was able to climb out of the car but the safety car was deployed due to the incident.
 
The safety car was released with a handful of laps remaining and Harvey managed the gap back to his rivals to retain his advantage. Daly had been issued with a 10-second drive-through penalty for a jump start and served it once the safety car had come in which dropped him down the order, thus moving Korjus and Regalia into second and third.
 
In the final laps the action continued to hot up with Carlin’s Nick Yelloly passing Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) for P6. Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) in P8 then fancied his chances on the Swiss driver but Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) seized the opportunity to overtake the Spaniard in front of his home crowd. The move was done until they duo went wheel to wheel with the Scot ending up on the grass, into a spin and a premature end to his race. Sainz was able to continue but lost pace and dropped down the order.
 
As the chequered flag was waved, it was a celebratory fist in the air for Harvey achieving his first win in the GP3 Series. Korjus, Regalia, Kvyat, Ellinas, Yelloly, Fontana, Giovanni Venturini, Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) and Dino Zamparelli (Marussia Manor Racing) completed the top ten points scoring positions. Trident’s Venturini will line-up on reverse pole for tomorrow’s Race 2 which will commence at 08.20 GMT.
 
Ellinas remains on top in the Drivers’ Standings on 65, with Korjus and Daly on 59 and 51 respectively. ART Grand Prix lead the Teams Standings on 126, Koiranen GP is second on 102 and MW Arden are third with 75.
Silverstone – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
3.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
7.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
8.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
9.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
10.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
12.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
13.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
14.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
17.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
20.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
21.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
23.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
24.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
25.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
Not Classified
David Fumanelli
Trident
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
 
Fastest Lap : Jack Harvey – ART Grand Prix : 1 :48.743 on lap 13

GP2

Bird storms to victory Silverstone

Bird storms to victory in home feature race-
 
Briton delights Silverstone fans in dramatic event…
 
Sam Bird brought more cheer to the already ecstatic home fans with a dominant run to victory in this afternoon’s feature race in Silverstone. The Englishman looked unstoppable as he eased away from his rivals to take an emotional win from Stephane Richelmi and teammate Thom Dillman.
 
The one moment which didn’t go to plan for Bird was the start, when he was slow off the line and could only watch as Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr tore away as the lights went out. But it was only a few corners before the pair tripped over each other, which cleared the way for Bird to lead Stefano Coletti past the pair, with Richelmi, Mitch Evans and James Calado following behind them.
 
Ericsson was all over the back of Coletti as the latter headed into the pits on lap 6, along with Nasr and Calado, forcing the Swede and Bird to come in next time by to cover: the Briton was easily out ahead, while Ericsson saw Coletti blast by upon his return to the circuit on his way to the fastest lap of the race so far, 1 second faster than Bird and closing fast.
 
The problem for Bird was that he had to overtake drivers who hadn’t yet stopped, drawing attention to the battle behind them which made the Monegasque driver’s job substantially easier, and when Richelmi finally pitted from the lead, he emerging right behind his countryman on fresher tyres and looking for more. But he wasn’t the only one with his eye on a podium.
 
Evans emerged from his late stop into the same battle, and looked to have come out on top when he blasted by the Monaco pairing, only to have to give way for a stop go penalty for speeding in the pitlane. Richelmi’s fresher tyres showed when he blew past his countryman at Club on lap 19 and headed off in a futile chase after Bird, just as Thom Dillmann finally pitted from the lead.
 
With fresher rubber than anyone, the Frenchman made mincemeat of his rivals and was soon hounding Coletti for the final podium spot: the points leader made a brave attempt at holding on, confounding Dillmann until just two laps to the end, when a huge lock up in Club saw Coletti run deep and the Frenchman through and, to rub salt into the wound, a coming together with Fabio Leimer a few corners put Coletti out of the race entirely.
 
With everything shaken out, all eyes turned back to race winner Bird, who eased off to cross the line 2.4 seconds ahead of Richelmi, with teammate Dillmann leading Leimer, John Lancaster and Jolyon Palmer across the line, with Rio Haryanto claiming P7 from Julian Leal, an embattled James Calado and Alexander Rossi back to the pitlane, with Bird reflecting Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’s earlier pole position in F1 to make it an all English Saturday at Silverstone.
 
Silverstone – Feature race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
3.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
7.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
8.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
9.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
10.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
11.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
12.
Adiran Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
13.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
14.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Johnny Cecotto
Ardent International
18.
Fabrizio Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
19.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
20.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
21.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
23.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
24.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
 
Not Classified
 
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
 
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
 
 
 
Fastest Lap : Mitch Evans (Arden International) – 1:41.832 on lap 22

GP3

Kevin Korjus

Korjus claims maiden pole in Silverstone-
 
Koiranen GP Kevin Korjus beats Jack Harvey to pole in thrilling qualifying…
 
Rookie Kevin Korjus was all smiles as he came out on top in a tough battle for the coveted pole position today. It looked like home hero Jack Harvey was set to pocket his debut pole in front of the large army of British fans but the Estonian denied the Brit’ in the dying seconds of the session to continue his impressive rookie form. ART Grand Prix’s Harvey and Facu Regalia qualified in second and third.
 
The 30 minute qualifying session got underway with the Koiranen GP duo of Korjus and Aaro Vainio first to feed onto the Northamptonshire circuit as the 27 drivers enjoyed dry conditions on a chilly Silverstone morning. MW Arden’s Robert Visoiu was first to lap in the 1m47’s while the ART GP boys waited in the pits.
 
Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) was on an impressive lap, lighting up the timing screens but ran wide and lost valuable time, costing him a potential early chance of grabbing P1. Regalia also had a small moment on track but was able to continue in the hunt for pole.
 
Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) was next to lead the way until Harvey snatched provisional pole away from him with a laptime of 1:47.185. His teammate Regalia was quick to follow but was 0.042s off the Brit and went P2.
 
At the midway point of the session, the drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of Pirelli rubber to mount their challenge for the elusive pole. Korjus was hot on the pace and demoted Harvey to second by posting the first laptime of the session in the 1m46s barrier, three tenths faster than the ART GP driver.
 
Series leader Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) had other ideas and clocked a time a tenth faster than the Estonian to go P1 with five minutes remaining. This was to be short-lived however with Sainz bettering the Cypriot’s time by just 0.044s.
 
The power of the British fans can spur a driver onto great things and Harvey drove an inspired lap to reclaim provisional pole, producing a lap two tenths faster than the Spaniard. As the chequered flag came out, Korjus was on yet another hot lap and managed to sneak P1 by a mere 0.055s.The yellow flags were waved as Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein had a small spin, thus ending the session.
 
Korjus will head the front row, with Harvey in P2 – his best qualifying so far of his rookie campaign. Regalia, Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Sainz, Ellinas, Kvyat, Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Conor Daly ART Grand Prix) and Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) complete the top ten.
 
Race 1 will take place at 16.20 GMT later today and promises to be an exciting encounter!