Formula 1

Webber Pole Japan

MARK WEBBER ON POLE FOR THE ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX—

The Aussie clocked a superb time of 1m 39.957s, with Vettel second fastest to complete a Red Bull front-row lockout.

Hamilton, the 2008 F1 world champion, spun at Turn 14 on his final hot lap in Q3, stopping out on track and forcing yellow flags to be waved.

The Stevenage-born racer had to settle for fourth place on the grid alongside Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg, who qualified third.

World champion Sebastian Vettel had earlier grabbed provisional pole position for Red Bull after the first runs in Q3 with a lap of 1m 40.091s.

That was four-tenths quicker than Silver Arrows ace Nico Rosberg, who clocked 1m 40.419s, and Hamilton, who recorded 1m 40.501s.

However, Webber pulled it out of the bag on the second runs with a perfect lap to beat both Mercedes men and Red Bull teammate Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth for Lotus and will line-up on the third row with Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg alongside him.

Next came Romain Grosjean and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, with Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo completing the top 10.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso and McLaren man Jenson Button were the two biggest Q2 casualties, neither making the top 10 shootout.

The Mercedes drivers had topped the timesheets in Q2, with Rosberg fastest ahead of Hamilton.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car               Time       Gap
 1.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault       1m39.957s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault       1m40.075s  +0.118s
 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes               1m40.419s  +0.462s
 4.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes               1m40.501s  +0.544s
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault          1m40.542s  +0.585s
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari         1m40.576s  +0.619s
 7.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault          1m40.997s  +1.040s
 8.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                1m41.015s  +1.058s
 9.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes       1m41.068s  +1.111s
10.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.111s  +1.154s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m40.989s                                    Gap **
11.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                1m41.093s  +0.620s
12.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes   1m41.133s  +0.660s
13.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes       1m41.200s  +0.727s
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.279s  +0.806s
15.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault       1m41.395s  +0.922s
16.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault       1m41.447s  +0.974s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m41.884s                                    Gap *
17.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari         1m41.999s  +1.306s
18.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes   1m42.051s  +1.358s
19.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault       1m43.252s  +2.559s
20.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth      1m43.398s  +2.705s
21.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault       1m43.528s  +2.835s
22.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth      1m44.198s  +3.505s

GP2

Rossi on top as Leimer crowned champion

ROSSI ON TOP AS LEIMER CROWNED GP2 CHAMPION—

Alexander Rossi converted yesterday’s pole to today’s win, but not without a fight: the American had to scrap his way back past Jolyon Palmer to take his maiden Series victory, but most eyes were trained on the fight behind them where Fabio Leimer lost a podium finish to Marcus Ericsson but had enough points in the bag to grab the 2013 GP2 Series title.
 
The action exploded right from the start, where front row starter and title contender Sam Bird stalled on the grid just as the lights went out: Rossi was slow off the line as Leimer and Palmer blew past the pair, and with the Swiss driver’s eyes on a bigger prize he gave way to the Briton at turn one, with the American making up for lost time by sliding inside Leimer at turn two before heading off after the race leader.
 
A safety car period for a collision between Jon Lancaster and Tom Dillmann delayed their charge for a few laps, but when they were eventually released the front pair resumed their fight while Leimer held third comfortably from Dani Clos, Felipe Nasr and Ericsson, while Racing Engineering watched Bird fight back through the field and worked out the championship ramifications for their man.
 
The soft shod cars started coming in from lap 6, with Leimer the most notable early stopper on lap 10, but with most of his rivals on the medium compound there was more maths to be done on the pitwall as the teams worked out the difference in time on track plus an estimate for the stops to come, with Leimer slicing through traffic to fulfil his part of the bargain.
 
Rossi pitted from second on lap 18 for rears only, setting a blistering pace on his outlap and forcing Palmer to come in two laps later to cover him off, the team changing four tyres to be conservative, only to be heartbroken seconds later as Rossi screamed past into the lead: the Briton threw everything at his rival, but when the clock ran out it was Rossi who was greeted by the chequered flag first, with Palmer next across the line.
 
Behind them Leimer had fought off a hard charging Ericsson for lap after lap, but eventually gave way with his eye on a bigger prize: the Swede was delighted to grab another podium finish as Leimer crossed the line in fourth, his points lead now untouchable. Clos held off a late race charge  for fifth from James Calado, who powered by Nasr and Johnny Cecotto in the closing stages, with Daniel Abt holding on for P9 (from P25 on the grid) from Bird, who had thrown everything he had at the race for his championship tilt but just fallen short.
 
Leimer’s 191 points claims the 2013 title from Bird on 173 points, with Nasr on 154, Calado on 142 and Coletti on 135 points. The team’s title is still in the balance with just tomorrow’s sprint race remaining: Carlin leads RUSSIAN TIME by 273 points to 265, with Racing Engineering on 253 points ahead of DAMS on 220.
Abu Dhabi – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
2.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
3.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
7.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
8.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
9.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
10.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
11.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
12.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
13.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
14.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
17.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
18.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
19.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
20.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Not Classified
Mitch Evans
Arden International
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Jolyon Palmer (Carlin) – 1:52.873 on lap 22

GP3

Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden)

Kvyat scorches to pole in Abu Dhabi—

Three points is all that separates the top two in the Drivers’ Championship after a stunning pole from Daniil Kvyat for MW Arden. The Russian driver continues to excel in Abu Dhabi after posting the fastest time in Free Practice and again in Qualifying. Series leader Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) will start from P10. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus start second and third.
 
Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) headed the que of eager drivers onto the Yas Marina Circuit in the fight for the decisive pole. The Koiranen GP trio set the early pace in the 30 minute session whilst Ellinas was first to dip into the 1m57’s with Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) into P2.
 
Regalia rose to the top of the timesheets, lapping in the 1m56’s, but it was his closest rival in the championship, Kvyat who improved to snatch P1 by two tenths. His MW Arden teammate Carlos Sainz jumped up to P2 as the Russian driver lapped quicker to increase his advantage at the front.
 
Sector 1 and 2 belonged to Korjus with the Estonian ace lighting up the timing screens but a lock-up cost him time and brought him up the order to P2, missing an opportunity to go top. As the drivers pitted for fresh Pirelli tyres at the midway point, it was American Daly who went from P10 to P2 as the clock ticked down.
 
Harvey disposed Kvyat from the top of the timings, until the MW Arden driver regained P1, with Yelloly and Alexander Sims into the top three. Korjus split the Carlin pair sneaking into P2 with a few minutes remaining, whilst Regalia locked-up on his fastest lap, costing him his chance of starting near the front.
 
At the chequered flag it was Kvyat, Yelloly, Korjus, Sims, Harvey, Sainz, Daly and Patric Niederhauser. Rookie Dean Stoneman for Koiranen GP impressed in ninth with Regalia completing the top ten.
 
The GP3 Drivers’ Championship can be decided today in Race 1 later today which will run at 18.35pm local time. This will be the first time GP3 have had a “night” race and with so much to play for, it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Abu Dhabi Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:55.473
12
2.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:55.753
11
3.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:55.785
13
4.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
1:56.221
12
5.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:56.265
11
6.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:56.392
12
7.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:56.442
11
8.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.487
12
9.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:56.560
12
10.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:56.722
11
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:56.730
11
12.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.928
13
13.
Jimmy Eriksson*
Status Grand Prix
1:57.057
12
14.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:57.095
12
15.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.281
12
16.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.420
11
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:57.445
12
18.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:57.667
11
19
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:57.967
12
20.
Robert Cregan
Trident
1:58.040
12
21.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:58.115
13
22.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:58.328
12
23.
Samin Gomez*
Jenzer Motorsport
1:58.522
13
24.
Alice Powell
Bamboo Engineering
1:58.553
12
25.
Ryan Cullen*
Marussia Manor Racing
1:58.804
12
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:59.400
13
*Ryan Cullen has a 10 place grid penalty after Monza Race 2
*Jimmy Eriksson & Samin Gomez have a 5 place grid penalty after Monza R2