Formula 1

Vettel wins Abu Dhabi

SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS AGAIN!—

SEBASTIAN VETTEL: “I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary at some stages, I felt very, very good on the soft tyres and was able to pull out a good gap in the first couple of laps. I think it’s difficult, being an active member of the team, to put things like today into perspective. When I think of the times we’ve experienced over the last few years, it’s incredible to have a strong group of people together that believes so much in what they do. To be part of that is great and makes me proud. The car was so enjoyable on every single lap. There are not that many races when you are in complete control of the car – so it’s special. I didn’t get the maximum out of myself yesterday, but we made up for it today.”
 
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 1st
“Seb was on another planet today and was very, very strong in the first stint. He was super quick and his tyres didn’t wear out, which is a recipe for disaster for the rest of the opposition, me included. Nico had a very good start on both Sebastian and I, but fortunately it wasn’t a long run to the first corner. We got under way from there and I attacked Nico on the first lap, but then we had to look after the tyres, so we waited and then on lap eight or nine we were in trouble with the rears. I made a good move on Nico to get back into position. It would have been good to win, but we got second and I’ll go to Austin and try and do better.”
 
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “An incredible team performance today. A truly dominant display from Sebastian, who once again astounded us with the levels of performance that he’s reached this year, backed up with an extremely strong drive by Mark to achieve our third one-two finish of the season. At no point did Sebastian look under threat and Mark, having dropped behind Nico at the start, made a strong move on him to get himself back into second position. From there it was a matter of controlling the race to the chequered flag. Getting this result at such a prestigious venue continues the enjoyment of this season and, with two races to go, we’ll be pushing just as hard to try and repeat what has been a perfect performance.”
 
THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “What an amazing weekend, with both drivers out in front in qualifying and the race. That was a driving demonstration from Seb, while Mark was able to get out of the traffic after a difficult start and secure a great 1-2. It’s a fantastic result for Renault as well on such a demanding track, particularly after the difficulties we experienced at the last race with Mark. We’re happy to give him the weapons he needs to fight in the race – and help us enjoy the end of the season!”

GP3

Ellinas wins season finale in Abu Dhabi

ELLINAS WINS SEASON FINALE IN ABU DHABI—

He started the season with a win and he ends the year on the top step of the podium – that’s the story of Tio Ellinas’ 2013 with Marussia Manor Racing. After making a great start from P2, the Cypriot stormed into the lead and took the chequered flag ahead of Koiranen GP rookie Dean Stoneman who in his maiden GP3 weekend, achieved a remarkable podium. ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly was third.
 
Patrick Kujala started from reverse pole but it was the experienced Ellinas who made the better getaway and stole P1. Stoneman moved into second with Daly in third, whilst Kujala dropped to fourth. Newly crowned GP3 Champion Daniil Kvyat made up one place to P7 as he attempted to carve his way through the field.
 
Jack Harvey wasted no time in passing Kujala whilst all eyes were on the battle between Carlin’s Nick Yelloly who had his hands full keeping the Russian champion behind him. On lap three, the MW Arden driver found his way through past the Brit and set his sights on his next prey. After three laps Ellinas managed a three second advantage back to Stoneman and Daly.
 
On lap 5, Kvyat overtook Kujala and his next target was the ART Grand Prix duo. Yelloly and Alexander Sims began to hunt down Finnish rookie Kujala as a train of six 6 cars joined in the fun. The Carlin pair got the better off the Koiranen GP driver and soon began setting purple sectors.
 
Meanwhile the top five began to really close up and with two laps to go it was all to play for with Ellinas’ lead reduced to under a second. Harvey could see a chance for the rostrum and tried everything to pass his teammate Daly on the final lap but it wasn’t enough. Ellinas crossed the line and punched the air with joy to take his third GP3 career win, just two tenths ahead of Stoneman with Daly securing the final spot on the rostrum. Harvey held off a chasing Kyat for P4, with Yelloly, Sims and Zamparelli completing the points scorers.
 
2013 GP3 Series Champion Kvyat finished the season with a tally of 168 points, with Argentine Facu Regalia second in the standings on 138 after a no score today. Third place trophy will go to American Daly on 126 with Ellinas and Harvey on 116 and 114 rounding out the top five.
 
ART Grand Prix who celebrated their triumph yesterday of four consecutive team champions’ trophies, finished the season with 378 points, with MW Arden and Koiranen GP on 278 and 207 apiece.
 
The season is now over and what a memorable year it has been! The reigning GP3 Champion will graduate to F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, again showing the competiveness of the Series, we look forward to another thrilling GP3 Series in 2014.  
 
Abu Dhabi– Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
3.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
5.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
7.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
8.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
9.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
10.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
12.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
13.
Robert Cregan
Trident
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
17.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
18.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
19.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
20.
Alice Powell
Bamboo Engineering
21
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
22
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
23
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
24.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
26.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Fastest Lap : Nick Yelloly- Carlin: 1 :58.487 on lap 11

GP2

Calado scorches to sprint victory

CALADO SCORCHES TO SPRINT VICTORY—

James Calado dominated his rivals with a crushing display of speed and guile in sauna- like conditions to claim the final win of the season at today’s sprint race in Abu Dhabi ahead of Dani Clos and champion Fabio Leimer, while Sam Bird’s fourth place secured victory for his RUSSIAN TIME squad in the teams’ championship.

 
The win was set up at the start: front row starters Johnny Cecotto and Felipe Nasr had poor starts but left enough space for the Briton to slice between the pair and into the lead, and when they tripped over themselves at turn one Cecotto was spun around and tagged by Alexander Rossi, with Clos, Leimer, Daniel Abt and Bird sneaking through before the safety car emerged for the stricken vehicles.
 
Calado made a solid restart as the rest of the field shook out behind him, with Bird spotting a chance and taking Abt’s position from him: the German fought back valiantly, but when Bird shut the door at the marina Ericsson was there to pick up any scraps, and Abt had to make do with what he had.
 
Stephane Richelmi and Jon Lancaster had a huge battle throughout the race, but it got up close and personal on lap nine when the pair came together at the marina: the Briton was spun into retirement, prompting another safety car period to negotiate: Calado did a great job of controlling his rivals before powering off into the distance once again.
 
The Briton built such a lead that he was able to slow down over the final laps and nurse his car home: Calado’s brought his second win of the season home ahead of a clearly delighted Clos, on the podium for the first time this year, and new champion Leimer. Bird made up a little for his disappointments yesterday by bringing home fourth and the teams’ title, just ahead of Abt and Ericsson, while Simon Trummer and Sergio Canamasas held off Stefano Coletti’s race-long efforts to get into the points.
 
Fabio Leimer is the 2013 GP2 champion with a total points haul of 201, ahead of Sam Bird on 191 and James Calado, whose win today leapfrogged him over Felipe Nasr for third, 157 points to 154. RUSSIAN TIME are the 2013 GP2 teams’ champions in their first season in the championship with 273 points: Carlin have the same total but are vice-champions on a win count back, with Racing Engineering finishing the year third with 263 points.
Abu Dhabi – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
2.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
3.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
5.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
6.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
7.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
8.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
9.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
10.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
11.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
12.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
13.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
14.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
15.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
18.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
19.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
20.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
Not Classified
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing