Formula 1

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany celebrates taking pole position for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone

SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS ANOTHER ITALIAN GRAND PRIX!

Red Bull completed a double podium, with Vettel winning ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in second place and Mark Webber in third.

It was an easy win for Vettel from pole position, his third as Monza, and extends his FIA F1 2013 World Drivers’ Championship lead.

Behind the podium trio of race winner Vettel, runner-up Alonso and third-placed Webber came Felipe Massa in fourth for Ferrari.

Nico Hulkenberg took fifth place for Sauber with Mercedes ace Nico Rosberg sixth. Then came Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, with the top 10 completed by a fast finishing Hamilton and Jenson Button.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL: “It’s fantastic to win this event again. I just managed to make turn one! I locked the front right and it just didn’t seem to come back. I had a big flat spot, which I felt straight away and I wasn’t sure if the tyre would survive, but fortunately I managed to make it round and have a strong first stint. I pushed straight away to get a bit of a gap, in case we had to stop early and change to a two-stop strategy. We had a gearbox issue and I had to short shift, which meant we dropped some time in the straights – but I tried to make it up in the corners. It’s great to finish on the top step. The podium here is always very passionate. We are in Italy and when you walk around outside the track, you see Ferrari clothing and merchandise in all the shops starting from the smallest sizes upwards; it’s part of their DNA, which I understand. It was great for the Tifosi to have Fernando on the podium today. The season is going well and we’re pushing hard, but we take each race as it comes. We’re looking forward to Singapore next, which I want to finish; I think it’s the toughest race we have all year.”

PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS.

The Italian Grand Prix
Monza, Italy;
53 laps; 306.720km;
Weather: Cloudy.

Classified:

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault           1h18m33.352
 2.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +       5.4
 3.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault           +       6.3
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                    +       9.3
 5.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +      10.3
 6.  Rosberg        Mercedes                   +      10.9
 7.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +      32.3
 8.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +      33.1
 9.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +      33.5
10.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +      38.3
11.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +      38.6
12.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +      39.7
13.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +      40.8
14.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +      49.0
15.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +      56.8
16.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
17.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +     1 lap
18.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
19.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
20.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap

Fastest lap: Hamilton, 1:25.849

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari           35
Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes         1

World Championship standings, round 12:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        222        1.  Red Bull-Renault          352
 2.  Alonso        169        2.  Ferrari                   248
 3.  Hamilton      141        3.  Mercedes                  245
 4.  Raikkonen     134        4.  Lotus-Renault             191
 5.  Webber        130        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           66
 6.  Rosberg       104        6.  Force India-Mercedes       61
 7.  Massa          79        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         31
 8.  Grosjean       57        8.  Sauber-Ferrari             17
 9.  Button         48        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Di Resta       36       
11.  Sutil          25       
12.  Perez          18       
13.  Ricciardo      18       
14.  Hulkenberg     17       
15.  Vergne         13       
16.  Maldonado       1

GP3

Harvey, Kvyat, Williamson Monza R2

Harvey victorious in Race 2 in Monza—
 
ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey wins thrilling race in Italy—
 
British star Jack Harvey romped home to victory at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza after making a great start from P2 and held off the challenge of MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat and Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson in an action-packed Race 2. The GP3 title fight is going too the wire after the gap between the top two has closed dramatically, with many other drivers still in contention.
 
It all happened at the start and it was Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser who had reverse pole. The Swiss driver crept forward just before the lights went out and unfortunately stalled on the grid. His teammate Alex Fontana ran into the back of him, which thus put them both out of the race.
 
Harvey got away well into the lead as Carlin’s Alexander Sims got past Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) down the straight. Marussia Manor Racing’s Ryan Cullen made contact with several drivers heading into turn 1 including Trident’s Giovanni Venturini which brought a premature halt to their race. The safety car was deployed whilst the cars were removed.
 
Once the action resumed, there was passing aplenty and first on the move was Sims – making a successful pass on Korjus with GP3 Series leader Facu Regalia also on the prowl. Williamson was also quick at the restart and demoted Sims down a position, before Race 1 winner Daniil Kvyat made a very brave move to overtake Sims on the outside of Turn 4 to help his title challenge.
 
In the meantime Harvey led Williamson by less than a second, but his ART Grand Prix teammate Regalia had other ideas and passed the Scotsman for P2 at the midway point. Conor Daly who started P23 was busy carving his way through the pack, eager to bag points after bad luck yesterday.
 
All eyes were on the mouth-watering battle between Korjus and Kvyat in the first half of the race, the two diced wheel to wheel in spectacular fashion, but the Russian driver moved ahead and set his sights on his championship rival Regalia. On lap 12, Kvyat made his point and passed the Argentine, closing the gap in the Drivers’ Standings.
 
Williamson had pushed hard and began to suffer tyre degradation in the final laps and Kvyat made seized the moment and moved into P2. The MW Arden driver began to hunt down Harvey but the Brit held on to take his second win of his rookie season in jubilant fashion.
 
Harvey crossed the line just nine tenths ahead of Kvyat in an enthralling race, with Williamson holding on to enjoy his first rostrum of the season. Regalia finished P4, ahead of Korjus, Sims, Melville Mckee (Bamboo Engineering) and Daly. The American driver posted the fastest lap of the race, bouncing back from yesterday’s disappointment to sneak the final point, passing Sainz on the final lap.
 
Regalia’s advantage in the Drivers’ Standings has been cut to seven points with Kvyat inching closer. Korjus and Daly are next up on 107 and 104 respectively with Harvey moving up to fifth with 96 points.
 
ART Grand Prix hold the huge lead in the Teams’ Standings on a total of 338 points, with MW Arden and Koiranen GP on 240 and 183.
 
With only one round remaining, all eyes will be on the spectacular setting of the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi – the sparkling venue for the season finale of GP3. A champion will be crowned but who will it be…? Find out in Round 8 on 01-03 November 2013.
 
 
Monza – Race 2
 
Driver
Team
1.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
3.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
4.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
5.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
6.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
8.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
9.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
10.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
11.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
12.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
13.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
15.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
17.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
18.
David Fumanelli
Trident
19.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
20.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
 
Not Classified
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
 
 
 
Fastest Lap : Conor Daly- ART Grand Prix: 1 :38. 237 on lap 15

GP2

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Hilmer Motorsprot)

Quaife-Hobbs reigns in Monza—
 
Brit storms to sprint win—
 
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs gave his rivals a driving lesson with a mature, aggressive drive to lead from lights to flag in changing conditions at this morning’s sprint race in Monza, dictating terms all race long to win by almost two seconds from Alexander Rossi and Julian Leal.
 
The win was set up at the start when poleman Rossi had a poor getaway, leaving the road clear for his fellow front row starter Quaife-Hobbs to easily lead into the chicane. James Calado stalled from P3, tightening the track for his rivals, while Sam Bird made a strong start to get alongside Stéphane Richelmi: the pair touched in the corner with the Brit skittering over the kerbs and the Monegasque breaking his front wing, leaving the track clear for Leal to push through, with Rossi sitting behind the slowed pair.
 
Behind the American Tom Dillmann held off Series leader Fabio Leimer, while a superb start for Rio Haryanto put him in points contention ahead of Johnny Cecotto and Sergio Canamasas as the race order shook itself out while, back at the front, Quaife-Hobbs set a string of fastest laps while the three drivers behind him squabbled among themselves.
 
Around lap 7 the rain started to fall, leaving everyone with a big decision to make: was it going to be heavy enough for wet tyres and, if so, when to make the switch and pick up a march on the others? Calado had nothing to lose and made the switch while everyone watched his times. In the slippery conditions Leal ran deep at the first chicane, with Bird following him, leaving the road clear for Rossi to scoot through into second.
 
Soon enough the rain stopped again, and with it the times started to tumble: Quaife-Hobbs and Rossi were soon swapping fastest laps as the American tried to close the gap, but the Brit had it all under control, picking up the pace as needed to slide home the winner 1.8 seconds ahead of Rossi, with Leal soaking up race long pressure from Bird to bring home another podium finish. Dillmann had a quiet race to finish P5, with Leimer picking up the fastest lap on the final tour, ahead of Haryanto and Cecotto, who held off Dani Clos for the final point.
 
Although Bird closed the gap slightly in the drivers’ championship, Leimer holds on to the lead with 159 points to 153, while Coletti and Nasr’s race long battle today made no difference to their point scores, at 135 and 130 respectively, ahead of Calado on 119 points. RUSSIAN TIME extend their lead in the teams’ championship over Racing Engineering by 237 points to 221, ahead of Carlin on 198 and DAMS on 165 as the field looks forward to the next round in Singapore in two weeks time.
 
Monza – Sprint Race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
2.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
3.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
5.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
6.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
7.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
8.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
9.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
10.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
11.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
12.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
13.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
14.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
15.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
16.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
17.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
18.
Jake Rosennzweig
Barwa Addax Team
19.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
20.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
21.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
22.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
23.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
24.
Sergio Campana
Trident Racing
25.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
26.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
 

Fastest Lap: Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering) – 1:32.749 on lap 21