GP2

Marcus Ericsson

Ericsson escapes to victory in Germany-
 
Swede powers away from rivals in feature race…
 
Marcus Ericsson’s run of bad luck this season has been blown apart by a dominant drive to victory this afternoon in the feature race at the Nurburgring, storming away from his rivals despite a safety car to win by almost 8 seconds from James Calado and Stefano Coletti.
 
The result was set up at the start when Ericsson got off the line better than poleman and teammate Stéphane Richelmi, who bogged down and gave Mitch Evans a clear run at the first turn: the New Zealander ran too deep and gave the spot back to Ericsson, with Richelmi, Felipe Nasr and Robin Frijns behind him.
 
They were all soon slowed as a safety car came out on track: Daniel Abt and Nathanaël Berthon squeezed Kevin Ceccon between them to avoid the stalled Adrian Quaife Hobbs, with the Italian pitched into a roll before coming to rest against the Briton’s car. With the cars removed, the race ran live again on lap 4, with little change at the front.
 
Nasr rolled the dice and came in to change his super softs on lap 6, coming out in P23 as Ericsson set a string of fastest laps, forcing everyone to make a decision: Frijns and Calado came in two laps later, with Ericsson having to cover next time by despite setting the pace, while his teammate stayed out for a few more laps to take the lead and run the alternate strategy.
 
The Brazilian’s gamble soon looked like a losing hand as he dropped back to his rivals as the laps ticked over: Calado claimed his place on lap 17, Frijns had a big look two laps later (just as Coletti made his late stop) before forcing his way by two laps later, while Coletti used his fresh tyres to sneak by countryman Richelmi on lap 25 and Nasr next time round.
 
With the clock ticking down to zero Ericsson walked away as Calado told the pits his tyres were finished. The pair finally crossed the line 7.8 seconds apart, but all eyes were on the battle behind them: Coletti closed on Frijns and pushed inside at the final chicane, with the pair touching as the points leader squeezed through for a podium finish, with Richelmi slowed just enough by them for Fabio Leimer to sneak into P4 as Frijns fell back to P6 at the final corner, ahead of Jon Lancaster, Thom Dillman, a gutted Nasr and Johnny Cecotto in P10.
 
The last lap dramatics meant Coletti extended his lead in the championship over Nasr, 135 points to 100, ahead of Bird on 89, Leimer on 78, Calado on 70 and Lancaster on 50 points, with Rapax holding a 4 point lead over Carlin in the teams’ title, 143 to 139, ahead of RUSSIAN TIME on 136 and Racing Engineering on 100 ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
Nurburg – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
3.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
6.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
7.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
8.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
9.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
10.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
11.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
12.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
13.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
14.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
15.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
16.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
17.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
18.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
19.
Fabrizio Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
20.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
21.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
22.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
23.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
24.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
Not Classified
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
Fastest Lap : Julian Leal (Racing Engineeing) – 1:43.041 on lap 23

GP3

Facu Regalia celebrates first GP3 win in Germany

Regalia rules Nurburgring Race 1-
 
ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia celebrates first GP3 win in Germany…
 
Job done! Pole position and a lights to flag victory for Argentine driver Facu Regalia in Race 1 of Round 4 of the 2013 GP3 Series season. It was his maiden victory in the category and a special day for ART GP, with the team celebrating their 20th win in the Series. The emotion literally swept Regalia off his feet in parc ferme, with Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas in second extending his Series lead and ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey third.
 
Regalia made the perfect getaway with Ellinas holding station in second, whilst Harvey got the jump on Alex Fontana’s Jenzer Motorsport car, the Swiss driver losing several places. There were a few incidents at the start with Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus tagging the back of Fontana on lap one, which took the rear wing off the Jenzer Motorsport car. The Estonian driver was issued with a drive through penalty when in seventh position and later retired.
 
There was also frustration for several teammates when Luis Sa Silva (Carlin) made a move on the inside of Status Grand Prix’s Josh Webster and collected his teammate Eric Lichtenstein which put them both out of the race. There was contact again a few moments later when Jimmy Eriksson also got together with Webster, with both drivers having a premature end to Race 1.
 
Regalia put his head down and made progress at the front, building an early advantage, that would finish as a massive seven second lead. There was an early safety car deployed when there was small debris on track and Daniil Kvyat’s MW Arden machine stopped on the circuit. Once the safety car came back in, Regalia made the most of his advantage and kept Ellinas and Harvey at bay. The Brit was all over the Cypriot until the chequered flag, keen to find a way past and managing to stay within half a second, but the Series leader defended with all of his might. Behind the trio at the front was Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) and Nick Yelloly (Carlin).
 
Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) was keen to make an impression and spent the race fighting with Dino Zamparelli, the duo finishing in the points. Another person on the move was Patric Niederhauser who moved his way up through the field but didn’t manage to squeeze into a points position.
 
At the chequered flag, the day belonged to Regalia and ART Grand Prix, bringing home a first and a third with Ellinas pocketing more points in the championship with second. Williamson, Yelloly, Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) completed the top six. Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering) scored his first points of his rookie GP3 campaign with seventh with Alexander Sims (Status Grand Prix) coming home eighth, the Brit will start tomorrow’s Race 2 from reverse pole. Zamparelli and Daly were the final two points scorers.
 
Ellinas holds control of the Drivers’ Standings on 87, with Regalia moving up the order to P2. The Argentinian also collected two further points for fastest lap and is on 72 points, with Kevin Korjus on 59. ART Grand Prix teammates Harvey and Daly are on 57 and 52.
 
ART Grand Prix increase their advantage in the Teams Standings with 181, with Koiranen GP on 103 and MW Arden on 93.
 
Race 2 starts at 09.20 local time tomorrow, so far it’s been seven different winners from seven races, will we see eight?
Nurburgring – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
3.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
4.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
5.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
6.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
8.
Alexander Sims
Status Grand Prix
9.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
10.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
12.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
13.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
14.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
15.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
16.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
17.
David Fumanelli
Trident
18.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
19.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
20.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP

F3 EC

RTL GP Masters of Formula 3, Zandvoort (NL)

Felix Rosenqvist claims pole position at Zandvoort…

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:30.839 minutes) was unbeatable in qualifying for this weekend’s RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 at the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort and claimed pole position in a dominant way. The Swede, who already won Europe’s most prestigious Formula 3 race and is currently placed second in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, was followed by British driver Harry Tincknell (Carlin, 1:31.131 minutes). The Carlin driver is taking place in the tradition-steeped Masters of Formula 3 event for the first time in his career. British drivers Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.154 minutes) and Emil Bernstorff (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.255 minutes) are lining up on the second row of the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.

Starting grid positions for the Masters of Formula 3 were determined in two qualifying sessions of 20 minutes each, the outright fastest lap time of each driver being considered for the classification. In the faster first session, Felix Rosenqvist came out on top. The Mücke driver, who had already been fastest in first free practice, moved up to the top of the time sheets in the second half of the session. In second qualifying, Rosenqvist was fastest, too, but his lap time was slower than in the first heat.

A trio of British drivers followed behind the Mücke driver: Harry Tincknell, Alex Lynn and Emil Bernstorff. Austrian Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.256 minutes) was classified fifth to ensure that three of the four Prema drivers ended up in the top five. The Italian team won the Masters last year when Daniel Juncadella crossed the finish line in first place.

Sven Müller (ma-con, 1:31.363 minutes) and Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational, 1:31.399 minutes) followed in sixth and seventh place respectively while a trio of Carlin drivers with Nicholas Latifi (Carlin, 1:31.404 minutes), Jordan King (Carlin, 1:31.414 minutes) and Jann Mardenborough (Carlin, 1:31.572 minutes) rounded out the top ten. 

Dennis van de Laar (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:31.782 minutes) was one of the few young drivers to improve his personal best lap time in the slower second qualifying. The Dutchman, who is living in Zandvoort, will start his home race from twelfth place on the grid behind Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.716 minutes). 

The Masters of Formula 3 will start tomorrow, Sunday, at 13.30 hrs local time. Television partner n-tv will be showing the race in Germany tape-delayed from 17.05 hrs.

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“From my point of view, qualifying wasn’t too bad. The important thing is that this year, my car is better than last year. Pole position is a perfect start into the weekend, but the only thing that really matters is tomorrow’s race. Therefore, I don’t want to get too excited about this pole position.”

GP3

Facu Regalia

Regalia takes maiden pole in Nurburgring-
 
ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia narrowly beats Tio Ellinas to pole in Germany…
 
He’s done it! Facu Regalia is a happy man, after being so close to pole on several occasions this year, the Argentine driver promised to deliver a pole position and today he’s done just that. The ART Grand Prix driver will be joined on the front row with Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas with just 0.054s separating the two. Jenzer Motorsport’s Alex Fontana will start in third on the second row.
 
A beautiful, warm morning greeted the GP3 paddock as the 27 drivers made their way onto the track ready for the 30 minute fight for pole. Bamboo Engineering’s Melville McKee was first out with his teammate Lewis Williamson first to lap in the 1m45s bracket ahead of Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Carlin’s Nick Yelloly.
 
Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) out-braked himself and lost time on one of his hot laps, but was soon  back on the pace next time around and went straight to the top of the timesheets. His teammate Aaro Vainio had a small off track excursion but was able to continue. Williamson reclaimed his position back at the head of the timings at the midway point of the session, as the drivers returned to the pits for new rubber ready for their flier.
 
Regalia rose to P1 before Ellinas lit up the timing screens in purple to become the first driver to set a time in the 1m44s. The positions were swapping every few minutes with Kvyat lapping two tenths faster than the Cypriot to snatch top spot with Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims moving into second.
 
Ellinas was on a mission regaining P1 by almost four tenths of a second but Regalia was determined to make pole position his and within the final seconds, the ART Grand Prix driver demoted the Marussia Manor Racing driver to second and he celebrated his debut pole in the category, Fontana qualified third ahead of Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix), Williamson, Yelloly, Sims, Kvyat, Korjus and Carlos Sainz (MW Arden).
 
Race 1 will take place at 17.20 GMT later today and promises to be an exciting encounter, will we see a seventh different winner?
 
 
Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:44.170
12
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:44.224
14
3.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:44.482
13
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:44.566
13
5.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:44.602
13
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:44.619
14
7.
Alexander Sims
Status Grand Prix
1:44.670
14
8.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:44.675
14
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:44.685
13
10.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:44.686
14
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:44.881
14
12.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:44.945
14
13.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:44.958
12
14.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:45.015
11
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:45.073
14
16.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.151
13
17.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:45.204
13
18.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:45.260
13
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:45.385
13
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:45.441
13
21.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:45.469
11
22.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:45.515
13
23.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:46.191
14
24.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:46.675
13
25.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.808
15
26.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.644
15
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:49.033
13

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton China Pole 2013

LEWIS SAYS NO TO VETTEL…

It was a close Q3 with Sebastian Vettel holding on to the lead most of the time but in the end Lewis Hamilton took pole position with a time of 1m 29.398s, while Vettel had to settle for second place as he was 0.103s slower. His teammate Mark Webber will be starting the German Grand Prix from third place, ahead of the Renaults with Kimi Raikkonen on fourth and Romain Grosjean grabbing fifth.

Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) had a satisfying qualification session since he acquired sixth place, managing to be faster than the disappointing Ferraris which will be starting from seventh (Felipe Massa) and eight (Fernando Alonso). Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg didn’t have a timed lap in Q3 so they will be beginning tomorrow’s race from ninth and tenth place.

Although everyone was expecting for him to repeat recent qualification performances, Nico Rosberg failed to qualify for Q3 so he will be starting from eleventh place

Pos Driver                Team                 Time       Gap       
 1.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes             1m29.398s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault     1m29.501s  +0.103s
 3.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault     1m29.608s  +0.210s
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault        1m29.892s  +0.494s
 5.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault        1m29.959s  +0.561s
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m30.528s  +1.130s
 7.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari              1m31.126s  +1.728s
 8.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari              1m31.209s  +1.811s
 9.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes     No time set
10.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari       No time set
Q2 cut-off time: 1m30.269s                             Gap ** 
11.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m30.326s  +0.501s
12.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m30.697s  +0.872s
13.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m30.933s  +1.108s
14.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m31.010s  +1.185s
15.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m31.010s  +1.185s
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m31.104s  +1.279s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m31.681s                              Gap * 
17.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m31.693s  +1.146s
18.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m31.707s  +1.160s
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m32.937s  +2.390s
20.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m33.063s  +2.516s
21.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m33.734s  +3.187s
22.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m34.098s  +3.551s