Formula 1

2009 Belgian Grand Prix - Thursday

VETTEL ON TOP IN FINAL FRIDAY PRACTICE – 

SEBASTIAN VETTEL : First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:55.636, Laps: 14 –
Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:49.331, Laps: 22 –
“We don’t know what happened when I got the puncture in P2. We lost the rear right, very suddenly, so we need to have a look – Pirelli is working on finding out why it happened. Other than that, it was a positive day. This morning was tricky with a few rain drops and the track was slippery; it’s a lot colder here than Hungary, but that’s Spa and part of this circuit. This afternoon, we had stable conditions and both of us seemed happy with what we had.”

GP2

SamBird

Bird bags pole in Spa—

RUSSIAN TIME driver quickest in qualifying– 

Sam Bird is a happy man: the Brit was quickest in today’s qualification in Spa pocketing his first pole position of the season with a laptime of 1:56.957 set in the first ten minutes of the session. Fabio Leimer and James Calado completed the top 3.

The session opened under blue skies and on a dry track which meant all twenty-six drivers could put their Pirelli Soft tyres to the test of the Belgium track. Johnny Cecotto set the early pace, but Marcus Ericsson bettered the Venezuelan’s time to claim top spot. Calado improved as well and went four tenths quicker than the Swede. It was then Leimer’s turn to go fastest, one tenth better than the Brit 

However, Bird put his head down and found the extra pace to sit pretty at the top of the timing sheet with a laptime two tenths quicker than the Swiss. At the mid-session and as the drivers returned to the pits for a fresh pair of rubbers, Bird, Leimer and Calado were still top three ahead of Alexander Rossi and Jolyon Palmer. 

When the action resumed, Leimer improved slightly, but not enough to dethrone Bird who bagged pole at the chequered flag. Calado was unable to better his personal best and remained third. In the final stages of the session, Marcus Ericsson managed to move up to P4 ahead of Rossi. Nathanaël Berthon, Palmer Stéphane Richelmi, Sergio Canmasas (who will be dropped ten places following a grid penalty picked up in Budapest Sprint Race) and Felipe Nasr completed the top ten.

 

Spa-Francorchamps – Qualifying

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.957 9
2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:57.156 9
3. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:57.404 9
4. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:57.538 9
5. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:57.578 11
6. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:57.588 10
7. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:57.691 9
8. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:57.802 10
9. Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:57.804 11
10. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:57.839 10
11. Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:57.881 10
12. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:57.924 9
13. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:57.950 10
14. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:58.271 11
15. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:58.384 11
16. Dani Clos MP Motorsport 1:58.385 11
17. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:58.419 10
18. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:58.463 10
19 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport 1:58.534 8
20. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:58.618 10
21. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:58.789 9
22. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:58.803 10
23. Vittorio Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:58.831 10
24. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:59.022 13
25. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:59.253 10
26. Ricardo Teixeira Trident Racing 2:17.528 3

 

GP3

Conor Daly fastest in Free Practice in Belgium

Daly sets the early pace in Spa-Francorchamps—
 
ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly fastest in Free Practice in Belgium—
 
Following the four week break, GP3 Series returned to action at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for Round 6 of the 2013 season. The 45 minute session got underway in warm temperatures with glorious blue skies at a circuit notorious for its changeable weather conditions. There is one change to the driver line-up for this weekend with Alexander Sims stepping in at Carlin to replace Eric Lichtenstein this weekend.
 
The ART Grand Prix duo of Jack Harvey and Facu Regalia led the que of 27 drivers onto the track as the field completed their first laps on scrubbed Pirelli tyres. Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas was first to clock a time in the 2m08s until Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus bettered his time by a mere 0.032s.
 
Finnish teammate Aaro Vainio broke into the 2m07s barrier and held P1 for a large chunk of the session. As the drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of rubber, it was Dino Zamparelli who lit up the timing screens in purple and shot to P1, over one second faster than Vainio.
 
The times tumbled in the final ten minutes with Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) claiming top spot until Series leader Ellinas became the first driver to lap in the 2m05s to reclaim back P1. MW Arden’s Carlos Sainz flew to the top of the timesheets in the dying moments but the session was to belong to American ace Conor Daly who went a tenth faster with seconds remaining.
 
At the chequered flag the top ten finished as Daly, Sainz, Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Ellinas, Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Sims, Regalia, Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering) and David Fumanelli (Trident).
 
Qualifying takes place at 09.45 CET tomorrow morning, who will get the vital four points for pocketing pole and what will the weather bring, wait and see!
 
 
Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
2:05.341
13
2.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
2:05.461
13
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
2:05.584
16
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
2:05.618
14
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2:05.694
15
6.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
2:05.764
13
7.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
2:05.987
15
8.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
2:06.044
15
9.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
2:06.060
13
10.
David Fumanelli
Trident
2:06.158
15
11.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.167
17
12.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.206
15
13.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
2:06.490
13
14.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
2:06.593
17
15.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
2:06.841
16
16.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
2:06.963
13
17.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
2:06.982
15
18.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
2:07.504
16
19.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
2:07.639
10
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
2:07.848
15
21.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
2:07.889
12
22.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
2:08.540
17
23.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
2:09.261
11
24.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
2:09.262
15
25.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2:09.512
9
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
2:09.852
16
27.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:11.925
14

 

GP2

Stefano Coletti leads the way in Spa

Stefano Coletti leads the way in Spa—
 
Monegasque driver back on top in free practice—
 
GP2 Series leader Stefano Coletti set the quickest laptime of today’s free practice session in Spa-Francorchamps. In the dying minutes, the Monegasque driver edged James Calado out of the top spot with a time of 1:58.386, a shy five hundredths quicker than the Brit. Fabio Leimer completed the top three.
 
The 2013 GP2 season resumed this morning in Belgium after a four week summer break. The session opened in cool temperatures and on a drying track following morning-long drizzle. The twenty-six drivers fed to the track as the pitlane opened on the Hard compounds. Alexander Rossi was quick to set the early pace, but it was Robin Frijns who was the first driver to break under the 2min barrier. The Dutchman who is back at the wheel of the Hilmer car this weekend improved on Rossi’s laptime by nine tenths. Frijns went even quicker on his following attempt and lapped the 7.004km track in 1:59.126.
 
At mid-session, Leimer found some extra pace to set a laptime of 1:58.581, half a second quicker than Frijns. Calado was also on a mission and moved up to P2 but he was dropped to third after Stéphane Richelmi improved on the Brit’s laptime. With ten minutes left on the clock, Calado put his head down and claimed the top spot going one tenth quicker than the Swiss, but in the dying minutes Coletti was able to go even quicker and finished the session at the top of the timesheet.
 
Behind the top three, Tom Dillmann was once again quick and claimed fourth ahead of Frijns, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Richelmi, Marcus Ericsson, Julian Lean and last race winner Nathanaël Berthon. The forecast expects that it should be dry for today’s qualifying session, but the weather is never predictable in the Ardennes…
 
Spa-Francorchamps – Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:58.386
12
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:58.445
10
3.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:58.581
11
4.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:58.864
11
5.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
1:58.903
11
6.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:58.987
12
7.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:59.057
10
8.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:59.131
10
9.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:59.168
11
10.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:59.201
12
11.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:59.405
12
12.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:59.407
12
13.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:59.447
12
14.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:59.500
13
15.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:59.575
9
16.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:59.650
11
17.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:59.685
12
18.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:59.748
12
19
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:59.753
10
20.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:59.891
11
21.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
2:00.162
12
22.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
2:00.278
11
23.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
2:00.290
9
24.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
2:00.375
11
25.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
2:00.407
11
26.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
2:01.300
10