GP2

Leimer scorches to feature win

Leimer scorches to feature win—
 
Swiss driver claims championship lead—
 
Fabio Leimer has grabbed his third feature race win of the season with a storming drive in scorching conditions this afternoon in Monza, stealing a march at the start to lead his rivals all race long, apart from the pitstop window, for victory ahead of Sam Bird and Tom Dillmann and, with it, the championship lead.
 
When the lights went out Bird made a decent start from pole but Leimer made a better one next to him, slicing inside the Briton at the first chicane and tearing away, with a fast starting Marcus Ericsson and Jolyon Palmer just holding off an incredible start from Jake Rosenzweig, who blew past Stefano Coletti and Dillmann into the chicane.
 
Coletti soon pushed past to chase his championship rivals, with Dillmann bumping by the American a few laps later, with Rosenzweig unfortunately retiring soon after with probable damage to his left front. The Monegasque driver pitted on lap 7, one lap ahead of Ericsson, but was soon back again for a drive through after speeding in the pitlane, undoing all of his good work.
 
With the leaders swapping fastest laps between them Palmer jumped into the pits on lap 11, but his left rear soon detached at the Lesmos as he coasted to a halt. Leimer was in next time round to change his primes, with Bird staying out longer on his hard tyres, setting up an intriguing tyre strategy battle between the pair.
 
Ericsson soon ground to a halt too, with a rear puncture, but all eyes on the pitwall were on the gap between Bird and Leimer, which seemed to be static as they resumed their fastest lap battle from different sides of the circuit. The Briton stayed out until lap 20, but reappeared 4 seconds behind Leimer, seemingly casting the result in stone.
 
But no one told Bird, who kept up his string of fastest laps as he closed the gap down to below a second as the laps rolled away, with fresher primes against his rivals older hard tyres. But Leimer was made of sterner stuff, held his nerve, and was greeted by the chequered flag 0.8 seconds ahead of Bird, with Dillmann rolling across the line 5 seconds or so later. Stéphane Richelmi had a quiet race for P4, five seconds ahead of Julian Leal, who did a great job to finish ahead of James Calado in 6th, with Adrian Quaife Hobbs, Alexander Rossi, Sergio Canamasas and Vittorio Ghirelli taking advantage of clever strategies to round out the points.
 
The win changes the shape of the drivers’ championship, with Leimer now leading Bird by 153 points to 145, while Coletti and Felipe Nasr failed to add to their points after both dropping out with mechanical gremlins, standing on 135 and 130 points respectively, ahead of Calado on 119. RUSSIAN TIME lead the way in the teams’ championship on 223 points to Racing Engineering’s 205, ahead of Carlin on 198, DAMS on 165 and Rapax on 153 ahead of tomorrow morning’s sprint race.
 
Monza – Feature Race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
3.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
4.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
5.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
7.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
8.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
9.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
10.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
11.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
12.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
13.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
14.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Sergio Campana
Trident Racing
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
18.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
 
Not Classified
 
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
 
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
 
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
 
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
 
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
 
Mitch Evans
Arden International
 
Simon Trummer
Rapax
 
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
 
 
 
Fastest Lap: Sam Bird (RUSSIAN TIME) – 1:32.749 on lap 25

Formula 1

Italian-GP-Qualifying

VETTEL LEADS A RED BULL FRONT ROW FOR THE START OF THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX AT MONZA.

AND HIS 50TH POLE!
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: Pole Position, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:24.360)
“We didn’t expect to be so strong here, with both cars on the front row. It’s due to hard work from everyone in the team working long hours; we’ve had years where we’ve had a good car, but not a car that’s competitive in low down force trim, so in that regard we did our homework. This circuit has been a bit up and down for us, but this year it’s surely been more up so far! The car feels great, but let’s see what we can do tomorrow; we don’t get any points from today.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:24.677)
“After yesterday we thought we could challenge for the front row, but you never know and as we saw in Belgium and today, the grid can sometimes get a bit mixed up. But overall we stayed strong and have to focus on ourselves. The guys did a very good job; it’s not an easy track to pull everything together over one lap. The result is the maximum for the team and it was pretty much the maximum for me today; Seb has always been very strong here and he’s a tough nut to crack at this venue. I hope to have a strong race from there tomorrow.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “A fantastic team performance to get our 50th and Sebastian’s 40th pole position here in Monza. We’ve had a strong car all weekend, but it’s a track that hasn’t historically been our strongest, so it’s the best possible place to be starting tomorrow’s race from to try and convert today’s result in to a good points haul. The weather could be a factor tomorrow and there’s still a long way to go, but a really satisfying day today.”
(Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “We’ve looked strong all weekend, but you never take anything for granted here: delivering strong top-end power without compromising stability for the chicanes sees you making decisions on a knife-edge. We’ve worked to consolidate the inherent speed in the car and it seemed to continue to come our way today. Seb and Mark both did a great job to lock out the front row, which we can hopefully convert into the same result tomorrow.”

 

Pos Driver                Team                 Time           Gap   
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m23.755s
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m23.968s  +0.213s
 3. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m24.065s  +0.310s
 4. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m24.132s  +0.377s
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m24.142s  +0.387s
 6. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m24.192s  +0.437s
 7. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m24.209s  +0.454s
 8. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m24.502s  +0.747s
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m24.515s  +0.760s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m28.050s  +4.295s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m24.776s                                   Gap **
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m24.610s  +0.633s
12. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m24.803s  +0.826s
13. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m24.848s  +0.871s
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m24.932s  +0.955s
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m25.011s  +1.034s
16. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m25.077s  +1.100s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m25.030s                                   Gap *
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m25.226s  +0.907s
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m25.291s  +0.972s
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m26.406s  +2.087s
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m26.563s  +2.244s
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m27.085s  +2.766s
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m27.480s  +3.161s

GP3

Kvyat flies to maiden pole in Monza

Kvyat flies to maiden pole in Monza—
 
MW Arden duo of Daniil Kvyat and Robert Visoiu lock-out the front row—
 
MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat set a laptime of 1:36.933 to achieve his debut pole in the category and finish over half a second quicker over his nearest rival, teammate Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver will join Kvyat on the front row in his best qualifying of the season with title contender Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) heading the second row in P3. Kvyat’s flier was over seven seconds faster than the 2012 pole time set with the previous generation car.
 
The 30 minute session was filled with anticipation with four vital points up for grabs in the chase for the elusive GP3 crown. Another hot day greeted the 27 drivers as they lined up, eager to be in contention for pole position. Carlos Sainz and Lewis Williamson led the way with the Spaniard first to lap in the 1m37’s early on.
 
Kvyat demoted his teammate to take provisional pole, again showing good pace after topping yesterday’s Free Practice session. At the midway point, most drivers returned to the pits for new rubber and make set-up changes. The Russian driver was busy lighting up the timing screen as he lapped in the 1m36’s to set the target to his competitors by a large margin of half a second.
 
Ellinas was one of the big movers in the final minutes, shooting up to P3 behind Kvyat and Visoiu. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly in P5 was also trying to improve but ran wide over the kerbs which sent his car into a spin and a premature halt to his session. His teammate Alexander Sims also had an excursion into the gravel, whilst home favourite David Fumanelli (Trident) stopped at Turn 2 which was covered by yellow flags.
 
At the chequered flag, Kvyat enjoyed his maiden pole with his teammate Visoiu in tow. Ellinas can concentrate on reclaiming his lead in the GP3 title proceedings with a strong qualifying in third ahead of Sims, Yelloly, Sainz, Conor Daly, Series leader Facu Regalia, Kevin Korjus and Williamson.
 
Action is guaranteed in Race 1, which starts at 17.20 CET later today as the quest for the GP3 title rises another notch…
 
 
Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:36.933
14
2.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:37.444
15
3.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:37.526
14
4.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
1:37.580
13
5.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:37.602
12
6.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:37.619
15
7.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:37.708
11
8.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:37.715
11
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:37.723
13
10.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:37.942
12
11.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:37.991
14
12.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:38.111
11
13.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:38.113
13
14.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:38.141
14
15.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:38.388
13
16.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:38.419
15
17.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:38.450
12
18.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:38.495
14
19.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:38.522
12
20.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:38.566
12
21.
Aaro Vainio*
Koiranen GP
1:38.606
13
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:38.615
14
23.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:38.660
13
24.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:38.934
14
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:39.312
13
26.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.474
13
27.
Carmen Jorda**
Bamboo Engineering
1:40.218
14
 
 
 
 
 
*Vainio has a 5 place grid penalty following an incident in Spa Race 2.
**Jorda has a 10 place grid penalty following Free Practice in Monza