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.”

GP2

Jolyon Palmer WINS In Budapest 2013

PALMER SCORCHES TO BUDAPEST VICTORY…

Briton powers to feature win
 
If fortune favours the brave, Jolyon Palmer showed his courage with a gamble on tyres which paid off handsomely: the Briton made a great start and stayed out on medium tyres while those ahead of him had to stop early, before driving a clean, aggressive second half of the race to claim victory in today’s feature race in Budapest ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.
 
Tom Dillmann made a terrible start from pole to hand the lead to Nasr when the lights went out, with Fabio Leimer following the Brazilian through ahead of Ericsson and teammate Stéphane Richelmi, but Palmer had a better run and snuck past the DAMS pair for P3 on the road from P7 on the grid. The Swede had other ideas, however, and took advantage of a tow along the front straight to pop inside Palmer and through at turn one on lap two: the pair had a ferocious battle for the podium position for lap after lap, with Ericsson under extreme pressure until he stopped on lap 7 after struggling on his softs for long enough.
 
The change worked, and when Nasr and Leimer covered his stop two laps later the damage was done and they were behind the Swede, who had put himself into pole position for the victory. Palmer, now in the lead of the race, had other ideas, and was able to run quicker laps in clear air: the question was whether the gap over Ericsson was big enough. The answer came on lap 17 when Palmer came in for 4 more mediums, emerging side by side with Ericsson before the Swede snuck through into the virtual lead to recommence the war: the pair had another epic battle as Palmer pushed everywhere, taking the position a few times but running out of track, but eventually claimed the position after running side by side for the first 3 turns before Ericsson had to cede.
 
The fight clearly took its toll on the Swede’s tyres, and as the race rolled on Nasr started to push hard to complete a Carlin 1-2: with Palmer easing away to win by 15 seconds, Ericsson ran as wide as he could on the last lap to hang on to second ahead of a disappointed Nasr, with Leimer holding off Richelmi at the line for P4. Simon Trummer took advantage of a very long first stint for sixth just ahead of Mitch Evans, Nathanael Berthon was out alone for P8 and tomorrow’s pole, with James Calado mugging Sam Bird at the end of the race for an extra point.
 
Stefano Coletti was unable to repeat his Nurburgring heroics after a collision at the start meant an extra stop, but the Monegasque driver holds on to his lead in the championship from Nasr by 135 points to 123, with Leimer on 100 points, Bird on 91, and Calado on 86 points ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
Budapest – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
2.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
6.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
7.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
8.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
9.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
10.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
11.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
12.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
13.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
14.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
15.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
16.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
17.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
18.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
19.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
20.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
21.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
22.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
23.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
24.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
25.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team

GP3

Vainio holds off Daly for win in Budapest

Vainio holds off Daly for win in Budapest-
 
Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio victorious in Hungary Race 1
 
The Finn started the day in style with pole position, Aaro Vainio is even happier now after achieving victory in Race 1 at the Hungaroring and pocketing further points for fastest lap. The Koiranen GP defended from ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly in a race which saw a safety flag deployed with a final sprint finish at the end. MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat recorded his maiden rostrum in third place.
 
Vainio made a good start to hold the lead with Daly and Kvyat close in pursuit. Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) dropped three places on lap one, down to P9, whilst Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) moved in the opposite direction, gaining three positions. Vainio tried to build an early advantage but the gap between himself and the American remained small during the 17 lap race.
 
There were battles throughout the pack, most notably GP3 Series leader Tio Ellinas who had qualified tenth. The Marussia Manor Racing driver lost a few positions at the start and Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser found a way through on the Cypriot after several laps. Ellinas then ran wide, which gave Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and his teammate Dino Zamparelli the opportunity to sneak through and steal more positions.
 
All eyes were on the fight between Bamboo Engineering teammates Melville McKee and Lewis Williamson for the final spots in the top ten, with McKee appearing to be struggling with tyre degradation and a big train of drivers behind joined the tussle. Williamson overtook McKee, soon followed by Niederhauser several corners later. There was a tasty dice between Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Venturini as the two went wheel to wheel, with Ellinas fancying his chance to pass the pair of them. However the Cypriot ran off track, costing him places, though he was to end up 12th, one place ahead of his teammate Zamparelli.
 
Vainio continued to hold a one to two second lead over Daly, with Kvyat, Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix), Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) and Regalia next along. The safety car was deployed with five laps remaining following an incident between Luis Sa Silva (Carlin) who braked after Samin Gomez (Jenzer Motorosport) arrived in front of him. Emanuele Zonzini ran out of space and hit the back of the Carlin car, which sent the San Marinese driver airborne. The Trident driver was unhurt, but the safety car came out for three laps whilst both cars were removed from the track.
 
Once the safety came in, it was two laps of push, push, push. Daly seized his opportunity to pounce on race leader Vainio, attacking the Finn and actually making very light contact with the rear of the Koiranen GP car but the ART Grand Prix race winner was unable to pass Vainio in the final two laps.
 
Vainio crossed the line just over half a second in front of Daly, to achieve his third GP3 win of his career, his second of the season, thus becoming the sole GP3 driver to have won more than one race this campaign. Kvyat enjoyed his debut podium, whilst Harvey fought off Sainz’ strong efforts in the last lap to grab P4. Regalia, Korjus, Robert Visoiu (MW Arden), Niederhauser and Venturini completed the top ten.
 
With Ellinas failing to score, the championship has closed up with Regalia now just 11 points off the Series leader who remains on 91 points. Vainio has moved up to third in the title hunt on 75 points, whilst Daly and Harvey are on 70 and 69 respectively. ART Grand Prix continue to collect points in the Team Standings and have 219 to their name, whilst Koiranen GP bounce back and now have 140, with MW Arden on 128.
 
Visoiu will start from reverse pole for tomorrow’s Race 2 which starts at 09.25 local time.
Budapest – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
2.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
3.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
5.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
6.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
7.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
8.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
9.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
10.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
11.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
12.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
13.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
14.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
15.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
16.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
17.
David Fumanelli
Trident
18.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
19.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
20.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
21.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
22.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
23.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
24.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
25.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering

Formula 1

Hamilton pole in Hungary 2013

LEWIS HAMILTON DENIES VETTEL AND TAKES POLE FOR THE 2013 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX-

Hamilton qualified fastest in Hungary with a remarkable final lap which even took him by surprise. He said over the radio: “Is that pole? Woohoo!”

Hamilton was top of the early Q3 timesheets with a 1m 20.324s, until Sebastian Vettel slammed in a super-quick 1m 19.506s for provisional pole position on a new set of soft tyres.

Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes after the first runs of Q3.

Hamilton, however, snatched pole with a stunning time of 1m 19.388s with his final hot lap and was taken aback when told over the team radio he had bagged P1. It’s his third straight pole after also starting from the front in the British and German GPs.

Vettel also claimed a front-row spot for Red Bull and Romain Grosjean qualified third for Lotus. Rosberg will start from the second row of the grid in fourth place in the second Mercedes after a time of 1m 19.720s in Q3.

Fernando Alonso was fifth for Ferrari ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus. Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Mark Webber completed the top 10 in the provisional qualifying results.

Rosberg had set the qualifying pace in Q2 with an exceptional lap of 1m 19.778s, with Mercedes team-mate Hamilton 0.084s behind in P2 with a time of 1m 19.862s on softs.

Vettel was third for Red Bull with a lap of 1m 19.992s, ahead of Grosjean, Alonso and Raikkonen.

Pos  Driver               Team                  Time      Gap       
 1.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m19.388s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m19.426s  +0.038s
 3.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m19.595s  +0.207s
 4.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m19.720s  +0.332s
 5.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m19.791s  +0.403s
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m19.851s  +0.463s
 7.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m19.929s  +0.541s
 8.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m20.641s  +1.253s
 9.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m22.398s  +3.010s
10.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault             no time set
Q2 cut-off time: 1m20.545s                             Gap ** 
11.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m20.569s  +0.791s
12.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m20.580s  +0.802s
13.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m20.777s  +0.999s
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m21.029s  +1.251s
15.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m21.133s  +1.355s
16.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m21.219s  +1.441s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m21.612s                              Gap * 
17.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m21.724s  +1.374s
18.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m22.043s  +1.693s
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m23.007s  +2.657s
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m23.333s  +2.983s
21.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m23.787s  +3.437s
22.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m23.997s  +3.647s

British F3

King

Buller and King share the wins in wet Spa double-header- 
Honours were shared yesterday between Fortec Motorsports and Carlin as Will Buller and Jordan King took victories in race one and race two of the second round of the 2013 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series. CF Racing’s Sun Zheng was the man to beat in the National Class, taking both race wins from the pair of chasing West-Tec entries.

Buller masterful in wet first race at Spa

 
Fortec Motorsports’ Will Buller showed his experience in a dominant display in race one of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series at Spa-Francorchamps, coming from the fourth row on the grid to take his second win of the season. Sun Zheng took his maiden National Class victory after a race long battle with West-Tec’s Jordan Oon. 
 
A heavy downpour descended upon the circuit an hour before the 30-minute race was scheduled to start and Buller seized the opportunity to increase his championship lead; pole-sitter Nicholas Latifi crashed out late-on after a collision with Carlin team-mate Jann Mardenborough at the famous Eau Rouge corner.
 
As is often the case at Spa, La Source, the hairpin first corner, was the scene of bunching of the ranks, and Felipe Guimaraes’s Fortec Dallara fell victim to this on the opening lap. A strong start from Double R Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Sean Gelael saw them progress from their grid positions, but the Italian went too deep at the hairpin, forcing Jordan King wide too as the Carlin man was on his outside.
 
Gelael nipped through the middle, following the line taken by Latifi, Buller and a pacey Mardenborough, but it was Latifi who lead into Eau Rouge, before a bold more off the racing line in the middle of the left-right-left corner, saw the driver from County Down take the lead of the race, a position that was never really challenged.
 
King, making his way through the field after a less than ideal start to his first lap was soon past Latifi and try as he might, King couldn’t achieve the same pace as Buller; the wet conditions not helping his cause, and the gap extended to over four seconds. 
 
NISMO athlete Mardenborough continued to impress in his maiden year of single-seaters, a good battle emerging between he, Gelael and Latifi in the middle of the race. Gelael was hot on the heels of the young Brit and after overtaking him for fourth, the Nissan GT Academy star was back past two thirds of a lap later.
 
On what would be the penultimate racing lap of the race, Latifi lost ground to Mardenborough and Gelael after a poor exit of the Bus Stop chicane. The two Carlin team-mates fought hard, with the British driver narrowly getting ahead on the run dow to Eau Rouge. The pair then collided in the middle of the high-speed corner, with Mardenborough taking off over Latifi’s rear wheel, landing upside down and sliding into the barriers at Raidillon. Both drivers emerged unhurt, quite unlike their cars. Mardenborough’s car was deemed fixable for race two, Latifi’s not.
 
A safety car period followed and the final racing lap was a procession to the flag, with Buller exerting the experience amassed in F3 over his rivals with aplomb. 
 
CF Racing’s Sun Zheng led the three-car National class battle from start to finish, the Chinese driver taking his first class win of the year ahead of Team West-Tec duo Jordan Oon and Chris Vlok. Oon did take the class lead briefly, but Zheng who admitted struggling with tyres temperatures throughout the race, re-took his lead shortly after.
 
Vlok had a brief battle with Giovinazzi after the Italian pitted to fix a faulty rear light, but spent the majority of his race chasing his team-mate as he learnt the circuit on this his first visit to Spa-Francorchamps. 

Quote:

Will Buller #3 Fortec Motorsports (Race Winner)
“We had a difficult day yesterday with suspension issues. The race was good, I like the wet here and I’ve won here before, so I was feeling confident. I got into the lead and pulled out a nice gap. The car was great and I’m really looking forward to the race later, I think we’ll be strong now whatever the weather. I’ll start eighth in the next race, but I came from seventh in this one, so I’m pretty use to it!”

 
King victorious in Spa second race, as Zheng doubles up in the national class
 
The day’s earlier race was a similarly wet affair and Jordan King had to work hard for his second win of the Cooper Tires British F3 Inernational Series at Spa-Francorchamps. The Carlin racer battled from seventh on the grid to win and was engaged in a fascinating fight for the race lead until the flag. Sun Zheng asserted his authority in the National Class taking yet another convincing win from West-Tec’s Jordan Oon.
 
After making a rapid start in wet conditions off the reverse grid, King overtook a number of his rivals before La Source, but it was Double R Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi that took the lead from fourth on the grid, followed by a rejuvenated Tatiana Calderon, also a fellow Double R driver, with King third.
 
Race one victor and championship leader Will Buller started eighth on the grid, but was up to fifth by the end of lap one, tucked inside the third Double R Racing car of Indonesian, Sean Gelael. 
 
When the rain clouds moved on, race leader Giovinazzi’s tyres began to overheat and he was quickly picked off by first King, then Buller as they went on to battle closely over the final half of the race, with King narrowly holding off the Fortec man’s challenge, crossing the line just 0.5s ahead.
 
Behind them Giovinazzi held on to take his second podium of the season, ahead of team-mates Calderon and Gelael. Jann Mardenborough struggled in his Volkswagen-powered Carlin-Dallara after his earlier incident in race one, the Nissan GT Academy star is confident the car will be back to it’s best for tomorrow’s third and final race of the weekend.
 
Felipe Guimaraes had a lonely race after starting from the back of the grid. Having battled through the National Class entrants, the Brazilian set about chasing after Mardenborough’s Carlin machine, but he didn’t make the inroads he would’ve liked into his International Class rival.
 
For the second time today CF Racing’s Sun Zheng won the National Class with a storming drive after an early off at Poulon. The Chinese driver first got past pole-sitter Chris Vlok, before a more taxing scrap with Vlok’s West-Tec team-mate Jordan Oon. Once past Oon, Zheng marched into the distance, taking the flag eleven seconds ahead of the West-Tec pair.

Quotes:

Jordan King –  Carlin (International Class Winner)
“Starting seventh it was a bit crazy at the first corner. I got through the field and got into field, then second not as soon as I’d like, and then got an opportunity for the lead which I took. I don’t know if Will and I had different downforce, but it was so hard to pull away from him, so on a few ocassions I had to just park it on the apex. I’d pull away and he was straight back onto me. I knew he’d have a go on the last lap and I think we did touch, I had to go defensive, but it was fine and off we went. A second win, we’re moving forward.”
 
Sun Zheng – CF Racing (National Class Winner)
“The start was okay, but I struggled with the International class cars, I couldn’t see and I went off at Poulon. I rejoined last, but my speed was good. I had a few fights, but it was nice to get back ahead and take another win. Hopefully tomorrow holds another win!”
 
The final race of the weekend gets underway today (Saturday) at 11:50 CET and will be shown live across the Motors TV network in Europe. 
 
Third-race grid: Latifi – King – Mardenborough – Guimaraes – Giovinazzi – Buller – Gelael – Calderon – Zheng – Oon – Vlok

GP3

Aaro Vainio1

VAINIO SCORCHES TO POLE IN BUDAPEST-
 
Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio will head the front row at the Hungaroring
 
It’s all smiles for the Finn Aaro Vainio, the Koiranen GP ace flew to pole position in the dying stages of the qualifying session to secure his third pole in GP3. Conor Daly will start from second for ART Grand Prix with MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat in third.
 
Once again the GP3 drivers had to contend with searing temperatures, 40 degrees on track as the drivers pushed to the limit in the 30 minute session. The ART Grand Prix trio of Daly, Facu Regalia and Jack Harvey were first to make their way onto the track with Kvyat the early pacesetter in the 1m34’s.
 
Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to dip into the 1m33’s with Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) a tenth off. After ten minutes, the drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of Pirelli rubber to continue in their quest for pole.
 
Harvey shot to the top of the timings until his teammate Daly demoted him, bettering his time by a mere 0.002s. Regalia joined his teammates by rising to P1 as the clock ticked down. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) spun and was unable to continue, his car having to be pushed to the side of the track.
 
Daly reclaimed back his provisional pole with a 1:32.987, as the final minutes were a hype of activity with positions swapping throughout the pack. Williamson, Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) and Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) were all men on the move, heading into the top three but all eyes were on Vainio who upped his pace to set pole position – his first of the 2013 season to set himself up for this afternoon’s race.
 
At the chequered flag it was Vainio a tenth faster than Daly, with Kvyat, Korjus, Harvey, Williamson, Melville McKee, Sainz, Regalia and Ellinas completing the top ten.
 
Race 1 takes place at 17.20 CET later today, with increasing temperatures and eight different winners so far, who knows what to expect for this afternoon’s race!
 
 
Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:32.811
14
2.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:32.987
13
3.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:33.070
16
4.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:33.104
13
5.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:33.109
`3
6.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:33.200
12
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:33.337
14
8.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:33.345
15
9.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:33.354
13
10.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:33.384
14
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:33.439
14
12.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:33.582
14
13.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33..599
14
14.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.614
14
15.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:33.658
13
16.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:33.715
13
17.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:33.778
12
18.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:33.800
13
19.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:33.893
13
20.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:34.089
13
21.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:34.237
14
22.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:34.241
10
23.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:34.952
15
24.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:35.006
14
25.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.491
14
26.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.046
12
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Carmen Jorda
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1:37.246
15