Formula 1

Hamilton and Brawn

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 ON THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX – 

Lewis Hamilton achieved his 22nd career victory and his first as a Silver Arrows driver at the Hungaroring this afternoon.

• Lewis’ win was the 13th Formula One win for a Silver Arrow and the third victory in five races for the team

• Lewis´ fourth win at the Hungaroring also took the tally of wins for Mercedes-Benz F1 engines to 99

• Lewis completed three pit stops on laps 9, 31 and 50, running option/prime/prime/prime

• Nico tangled with Felipe Massa in turn 5 on lap one and dropped to P12

• He also made three stops but retired with an engine failure on lap 65

• Lewis´ victory strengthened the team´s second position in the Constructors´ Championship at the season´s halfway point

Lewis Hamilton
What a great weekend! We really didn´t expect this when we came here this weekend and I said last night that I would need a miracle to win today. Well, just maybe they do happen. The team called the strategy and the pit stops just right and then it was just about managing the gap. I had some racing to do out there, though, with Jenson and Mark and I think we had the pace on everyone today. The team has just done an exceptional job: we have worked so hard to understand these tyres and we got the balance spot on today. I am very hopeful this could be a real turning point for us as we coped with these high track temperatures. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at the team here and at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth. Team work achieved this result today and I really couldn´t be happier. 

Nico Rosberg
Today was a great day for the team, for Lewis and a brilliant job by everyone here at the track and back at our factories. Unfortunately my weekend didn’t go quite so well and it’s a shame that we couldn’t have had a two-car finish today. I got a good start but then Felipe and I came together on the first lap which was unfortunate as I was in front and had left some space for him but his front wing hit my rear tyre. That cost me a lot of positions and it’s really difficult to make the places back up on this track. Then my day came to an early conclusion with the engine failure. However there are lots of positives for us to take as a team from this weekend and now I really look forward to the upcoming races as we know that we have a quick car and we made the new tyres work for us this weekend. 

Ross Brawn 
We went into this race not really knowing where we stood in terms of tyre performance and behaviour but as the race unfolded, it became clear that we were able to stay competitive with both cars and drivers. Lewis drove an absolutely perfect race and didn´t put a foot wrong all afternoon. He was able to race aggressively and keep the tyres alive to make our strategy work. Nico was unfortunate to get tangled up with Massa on the first lap and then suffered an engine failure, which was a little worrying in the closing laps as we hadn´t seen any signs of overheating. Overall, this has been a very encouraging weekend. In extremely hot conditions, we maintained our Saturday afternoon competitiveness on Sunday afternoon and it certainly feels like we have made a good step forward today. Now we need to get our heads down before the well-deserved two-week shutdown so that we arrive in Spa as well prepared as we possibly can. 

Toto Wolff
What an outstanding drive from Lewis this afternoon – he got a clean getaway and then executed the race strategy perfectly, including some really strong and aggressive overtaking moves when he needed to. He did a great job, just like the team with six clean pit stops for our drivers and the right race strategy. Nico lost positions on the first lap tangling with Felipe and then was making up places when his engine failed near the end of the race. That gave us a nervous few closing laps but we were able to bring Lewis’ car home safely. We came into this weekend with a lot of discussion over how the new tyres would affect us. We did our homework in practice, found the right set-up and managed to take a good step forward this afternoon with how we managed the tyres in race conditions. It is only halfway through the season and our rivals have been consistently competitive while we have experienced some ups and downs in the first ten races. Our target for the second half of the year must be to consolidate our performance and deliver this kind of speed consistently. We are still the underdogs right now but we are on an upward trend and we will keep working hard. Thank you to everyone at our factories back in Brackley and Brixworth for their hard work and enjoy a well-deserved summer break. Congratulations as well to our customer sport team-mates who took victory for Mercedes-Benz in the Spa 24 Hours. It’s been a good day for the three-pointed star!

DTM

Motorsports / DTM: german touring cars championship 2013, 5. Race at Nuernberg, Norisring

DTM RETURNING TO CHINA IN 2014 – 

The DTM will stage a race in China again in 2014. DTM rights holder and promoter, 
ITR e.V., and the Chinese Brilliant Culture Group have agreed upon a race for the most popular international touring car series in a Chinese metropolis next year. This round is to take place in the autumn of 2014, but, other than in 2010, will not be the final round of the season. The venue is yet to be decided. The decision whether the DTM will again be racing in Shanghai, or in Guangdong in the south of China, also known as Canton, will be taken at a later stage.

“We are delighted that we are allowed to be guests with the DTM in China for the third time. The Chinese passenger car market is among the fastest growing in the world and therefore is very important for our manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Moreover, we see the commitment and the passion with which our Chinese partners are pushing for this project and as a result, we feel very well in China. No matter what the decision about the venue will be: we will be racing in one of the biggest cities in the world,” says Hans Werner Aufrecht, chairman of the board of ITR e.V. 

“China is ready for DTM’s return. We are now the largest car market in the world and the Chinese fans of Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz are looking forward to seeing their favourite manufacturers race here again. DTM will no doubt help grow motorsports culture in China,” says Maggie Ip, Chairman of the Brilliant Culture Group.

The DTM already raced in China in 2004 and 2010, each time in Shanghai. In 2004, Gary Paffett won an invitation race from his fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Bernd Schneider and Audi driver Mattias Ekström. In 2010, Gary Paffett again won the race, but second place from Timo Scheider (Audi) was enough for his Mercedes-Benz team-mate Paul di Resta to secure the title. While Audi and Mercedes-Benz have already raced in China, the race in 2014 will be a premiere for BMW. 

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton China Pole 2013

LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES HIS FIRST VICTORY WITH MERCEDES – 

Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to clinch his first victory of a frustrating season.

Kimi Raikkonen was second after holding off a strong late challenge from Sebastian Vettel, who was third ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

Hamilton’s first year with Mercedes has been tricky, and he came into the race with low expectations despite securing his fourth pole this season.

He managed his tires wisely to get the 22nd GP win of his career and the first since the United States GP last November. Prior to Hungary, he had been third three times.

Hamilton remains too far behind to mount a serious title challenge as the season takes its mid-season summer break. Alonso finished fifth to slip further behind Vettel overall.

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

World Championship standings, round 10:

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        172        1.  Red Bull-Renault          277
 2.  Raikkonen     136        2.  Mercedes                  206
 3.  Alonso        133        3.  Ferrari                   194
 4.  Hamilton      122        4.  Lotus-Renault             185
 5.  Webber        105        5.  Force India-Mercedes       59
 6.  Rosberg        84        6.  McLaren-Mercedes           57
 7.  Massa          61        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         24
 8.  Grosjean       49        8.  Sauber-Ferrari              7
 9.  Button         39        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Di Resta       36
11.  Sutil          23
12.  Perez          18
13.  Vergne         13
14.  Ricciardo      11
15.  Hulkenberg      7
16.  Maldonado       1

 

GP2

Mitch Evans

Berthon cruises to Budapest sprint win – 
 
Frenchman leads from lights to flag
 
Nathanaël Berthon has claimed his maiden GP2 victory in fine style, leading his rivals from pole to flag with a mature drive to win this morning’s sprint race in Budapest by over two seconds from Mitch Evans and Fabio Leimer.
 
The result was set up at the start: when the lights went out Berthon made a solid start, with Evans pulling away from the other side of the front row in formation, while behind them Leimer made a great start from P6 to be third at the first corner. Marcus Ericsson renewed hostilities with Felipe Nasr from yesterday by jumping past the Brazilian, with the pair making short work of passing Simon Trummer and Stéphane Richelmi as the field headed down the hill from the front straight.
 
But there was chaos behind them as everyone looked for space, with Sergio Canamasas and Daniel de Jong coming together out of the first turn: the Dutchman spun into Johnny Cecotto while Adrian Quaife-Hobbs had nowhere to go but into the Spaniard, with the resulting damage leading to a safety car period to remove the stricken cars.
 
One lap later the race ran live, with Berthon making a strong restart to hold his lead before heading away as he set a string of fastest laps to build a lead to last all race. Behind him Evans’ engineer was pushing for caution, however, knowing that 28 laps at the Hungaroring is long, and hard on tyres.
 
With the race running down, everyone picked up the pace around lap 20, and the question on everyone’s lips was whether Berthon would be able to respond: Evans started to close the gap, but the Frenchman was able to pick up enough pace to offset some of the losses, and although the New Zealander cut a few seconds out of him lead, Berthon held on to easily win by 2.2 seconds, with Leimer 11 seconds further back in third.
 
Ericsson drove another mature race to pick up points for fourth, while Nasr fell away from the Swede in the second half of the race but hung on from James Calado for fifth, while Trummer had a lonely race for P7 when Sam Bird dropped away in the closing laps, but still clung on for the final point in eighth.
 
Despite a tough weekend with no hint of points on offer, Stefano Coletti will nevertheless be delighted to head into the August break with the lead in the championship in his pocket, on 135 points from Nasr on 129, while Leimer closed in on 110 points, ahead of Bird on 92 and Calado on 90. Carlin eased away from Rapax in the Teams’ title, 193 points to 153, with RUSSIAN TIME on 143 points, Racing Engineering on 132 and DAMS on 121 ahead of the next round in Spa-Francorchamps.
Budapest – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
2.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
3.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
4.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
5.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
7.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
8.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
10.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
11.
Tom Dillmann
Rapax
12.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
13.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
14.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
16.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
17.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
18.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
19.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
20.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
21.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Not Classified
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Adiran Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Jon Lancaster (Hilmer Motorsport) – 1:32.056on lap 8

GP3

Robert Visoiu

Visoiu blazes to victory in Budapest Race 2 – 
 
MW Arden take 1-2 finish with Robert Visoiu and Carlos Sainz
 
Lights-to-flag! Robert Visoiu made the most of his reverse pole and controlled Race 2 in Budapest, soaking up the pressure after the safety car was deployed meaning a final two lap dash. It was a great day for MW Arden with the team recording first and second with teammate Carlos Sainz in P2. Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was third.
 
Reverse pole-man Visoiu made a good getaway whilst Korjus was slow away at the start which gave Sainz the opportunity to pounce and pass the Estonian. The Spaniard was all over Visoiu going into Turn 1, but the Romanian defended well and squeezed the MW Arden rookie to the outside allowing Korjus back into second.
 
By the end of lap one Sainz had re-passed Korjus into second position with Visoiu gathering his pace to hold a small advantage. ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia and Jack Harvey held fourth and fifth whilst Race 1 winner Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP) lost three places at the start.
 
Jenzer Motorsport’s Alex Fontana had a premature end to his race after spinning out on the opening lap, whilst contact between Marussia Manor Racing’s Ryan Cullen and Trident’s Emanuele Zonzini also meant they retired early with damage to their cars.
 
Meanwhile at the front of the race, Visoiu began to stretch his lead to over four seconds, with a two second gap between Sainz and Korjus. Trident’s Giovanni Venturini began attacking Harvey for P5 whilst Series leader Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) spent most of his race behind Status Grand Prix’s Jimmy Eriksson in the fight for P10.
 
Contact between Bamboo Engineering teammates Melville McKee and Lewis Williamson meant an unfortunate end to their races and due to the damage to their stricken cars, the safety car was deployed with four laps remaining. Once the race was re-started there were two laps for everyone to push and again Visoiu controlled his lead and pulled a vital deficit to Sainz and co.
 
Ellinas made up a position when Eriksson ran wide on the final lap, the Cypriot finished P10 but outside of the points. Therefore after eight consecutive points finishes for the Series leader, this weekend the Marussia Manor Racing driver leaves Budapest with no extra points to his tally.
 
Regalia did everything he could to steal the final spot on the rostrum, harassing Korjus but the Estonian defended off the Argentine’s efforts to take another podium result. Visoiu crossed the chequered flag 4.1s in front of Sainz, the Spaniard achieving his best result of his GP3 campaign. Korjus, Regalia, Harvey, Venturini, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) completed the top eight points scorers.
 
The championship battle is down to just one point with Ellinas on 91 and his closest challenger Regalia on 90. It’s also tight behind them with Vainio, Harvey and Korjus all on 75 points. ART Grand Prix hold the lead in the Teams Standings on 236, with MW Arden moving into second place on 157 and Koiranen GP into third on 150.
 
GP3 now enjoys a summer break, with Round 6 at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit scheduled for 23-25 August.
Budapest – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
2.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
3.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
4.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
5.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
6.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
7.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
8.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
9.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
10.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
12.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
13.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
14.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
17.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
18.
David Fumanelli
Trident
19.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
20.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
21.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
23.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin

British F3

Antonio Giovinazzi

Giovinazzi takes a slippery Spa victory…

Double R Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) bagged an important win at a very wet Spa-Francorchamps this morning, the Italian racer led from start to finish with Carlin’s Jann Mardenborough his lone challenger in the final 30-minute race that supports the annual 24 Hours of Spa event. Sun Zheng made it three wins out of three in the National Class, the Chinese driver  mastered the tricky wet conditions to finish fifteen seconds ahead of West-Tec’s Jordan Oon. 

 
Following earlier thunderstorms across the Ardennes forest, the race got underway on time and Giovinazzi drove impeccably throughout in his Double R Dallara. The Italian led following a lightning quick start, he then drove cautiously as he attempted to avoid the treacherous standing water that littered the 4.352 mile circuit, but after four laps Giovinazzi had built a lead over Mardenborough, who was himself a quick starter off the grid. 
 
Mardenborough made the most of his second row starting position and passed team-mate Nicholas Latifi for second through Eau Rouge, the scene of their race one incident yesterday. The Cardiff-based racer then set about chasing after his Double R rival, reducing the gap to just 0.7s before a costly spin at Les Fagnes extended the gap to over five seconds. Mardenborough rejoined with no damage to his car, and then hotly pursued Giovinazzi, reducing the gap to just 2.5s at the flag.
 
Behind the leaders, Latifi yielded to team-mate Jordan King’s advances at Eau Rouge on the penultimate lap, enabling his British rival to score a vital fifteen championship points and claim the final spot on the podium. 
 
Fortec’s Felipe Guimaraes finished fifth, his best result of the weekend, after a quiet race. The Brazilian closed to within 1.4s of Latifi by the end of the race and had a comfortable eight second gap to sixth placed Tatiana Calderon’s Double R Racing Dallara.
 
Championship leader, Will Buller had a miserable race, the Fortec man was handed a drive-through penalty after his team were reported to have been working on the car on the grid after the 30-second board had been shown. Buller pitted at the end of lap one to take his penalty, but conditions prevented his move up the order, the County Down racer finishing seventh after half an hour of racing. 
 
Sean Gelael finished eighth, the final finisher in the International Class. The Indonesian driver crossed the line a handful of seconds off Buller’s Fortec, but did post the fastest lap on his final tour of the epic Belgian circuit, a  2:38.385.
 
There was yet another strong wet-race performance from CF Racing’s, Sun Zheng, who got amongst the International Class runners early on, enjoying a particularly good scrap with Guimaraes. Zheng was again a convincing winner, the Chinese racer had a perfect weekend, fastest in every session. 
 
In recognition of his efforts, Zheng was made the Mobil Service Centre Driver of the Weekend. The trophy recognises a supreme showing at a race weekend by an entrant, and the 21-year-old’s results made it an easy choice for the panel.
 
Try as they might Team West-Tec’s Jordan Oon and Chris Vlok were unable to produce the pace of the CF Racing man, finishing second and third respectively at the line. 
 
After the flag had fallen Giovinazzi slowed as he crossed the line and Mardenborough clipped the left rear wheel of the Double R Dallara, damaging both cars. Post-race Stewards determined the incident was the Carlin’s driver fault and handed him a five place grid penalty for the next race at Brands Hatch.
 
Buller’s lead (96 points) of the four-round series has been reduced to 21 points following King’s podium, and Giovinazzi (73 points) is now just two points off King (75 points), making it all to play for between Fortec, Carlin and Double R. Mardenborough’s second podium of the season sees the Carlin driver jump team-mate Latifi in the standings.
 
In the National Class, Zheng now has a commanding 44 point lead over West-Tec’s Ed Jones, the Emirati driver was unable to race in Spa-Francorchamps this weekend but returns in a fortnight at round three at the famous Kent track.

Quotes:

 
Antonio Giovinazzi, Double R Racing – Dallara Mercedes (1st in INT)
“The car felt really fast yesterday, so I knew we would be okay today too. On the warm-up lap I thought it felt good and I had a good start and got to the first corner in the lead.  After a few laps I got more relaxed and kept my driving smooth. To get a full race win is fantastic and I think this closes up things in the points now which is good, it’s nice to head to Brands Hatch with a win.”
 
Jann Mardenborough, Carlin – Dallara – Volkswagen (2nd in INT)
“My start was pretty good, I did get a bit of wheelspin though. I followed Giovinazzi through La Source and then found myself alongside Nicholas in Eau Rouge again and he let me through this time. I did make a mistake, I was probably pushing too hard I wanted the win so much. I caught up with him again and as I crossed the line there was a wall of spray and then I saw his car. It was my mistake, but it’s nice to have a podium and the team have been great all weekend and they did an incredible job yesterday to get me out again.”
 
Jordan King, Carlin – Dallara – Volkswagen (3rd in INT)
“My start wasn’t great, which put me into the pack which isn’t where you want to be. The first few laps when visibility was better I managed to get past a few cars, then it chucked it down and with all the spray it was really hard. It was tough being stuck behind Nic, but I managed to pressurise him just enough to get by. I think we’ll be strong at Brands too, so hopefully we can close the gap to Will there too.”
 
Sun Zheng, CF Racing – Dallara – NBE (1st in NAT)
“It was an okay race. The beginning was difficult to hold my pace amongst the International cars, they had better grip, but I tried to hold on. Three wins is a great result though and we couldn’t have asked for anymore.”