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