Formula 1

Texas Podium 2013

VETTEL IS VICTORIOUS AGAIN!—

SEBASTIAN VETTEL :“It’s the day after, normally on the Monday, when you feel what you have achieved. It’s a great feeling, you have a grin on your face and it’s nice. On Sunday things happen fast and you don’t always realise what has been achieved until later. It’s down to team effort today. Everyone is willing to push; this morning the guys were working hard as we had some concerns about reliability on the car, so they were flat out trying to fix the problem and the car ran okay all race, so a big thanks to them. I’m not sure what we have done since the summer break in order that we have been winning races, but whatever it was it has worked. When you are a sports man, not every day is supposed to be a good day and you have ups and downs. Certainly you feel the points when you are low, they hurt more than when you are on a high, of course you enjoy those times, but I kept saying that there’s no guarantee for the next race or the one after that or after that! You never know what is coming next, so you have to enjoy today and look forward to tomorrow.”
 
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 2nd
“The initial launch and my getaway was pretty good. Romain had a good start too, I wanted to get on the right for the breaking point at the first corner, but that’s what everyone did too. I got boxed in and didn’t get a good exit off the corner, but after that it was a strong race. Our pace was good, but you have to manage the tyres well here. Qualifying was where a lot of the race was decided. In the end I did what we could, but I think we left some on the table yesterday. I have some family and friends here this weekend, so it’s good to get a strong result. It would have been better to have had a win, but Seb did a good job here this weekend.”
 
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “An incredible team performance today. For Sebastian to achieve a new record of the most consecutive wins in a season is a fantastic performance and to be joined on the podium by Mark, who tried everything in the closing laps, gave a team a fantastic podium at the United States Grand Prix. To achieve this result in front of so many of our Team Partners and supporters, as well as setting a potential new pitstop record on Mark’s stop*, has topped off a fantastic weekend for the whole team.”
*Our car data showed Mark’s car was stationary for 1.923 seconds during his pit stop – breaking our previous record of 2.05 seconds (set at the 2013 Malaysia GP).
 
THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “A great result again today with Seb winning and Mark on the third step of the podium. Seb was never bothered by anyone, demonstrating his supremacy again. Mark had a difficult Turn 1, but was able to come back to the podium after a fantastic overtaking move on Hamilton. The car was awesome this weekend and everyone was able to bring out all the little things that make the package very, very quick. We’ll have to remember such an amazing end to the 2013 season.”

Macau Grand Prix

Alex Lynn

ALEX LYNN TAKES VICTORY IN MACAU—

British driver Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) won in the prestigious Macau GP and celebrated the most important success of his career to date in the former Portuguese colony. At the 6.12 kilometres long Circuito da Guia, the third-placed of this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship finished ahead of António Félix da Costa (Carlin), last year’s winner at Macau, who came second. Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), who also raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year, finished third. 

At the start, Alex Lynn took the lead from pole position. Still on the opening lap, Felix Rosenqvist (GR Asia with Mücke) retired following a collision. Lucas Auer (Theodore Racing with Prema), Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) and John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) suffered from a similar fate. The incidents led to a safety car phase.

At the restart, Lynn was able to maintain his leading position, while António Félix da Costa managed to overtake Luis Felipe Derani in the battle for second. On lap seven, Raffaele Marciello (D88.com Prema Powerteam) also worked his way past Derani, but slid into the barriers following a driving error three laps later. For the reigning FIA Formula 3 European Champion, this was the end to his race. Derani found himself back in third place behind Lynn and Félix da Costa again and went on to bring this result home.

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) finished fourth, scoring his best result at Macau to date. Jordan King (Carlin) took the chequered flag in fifth place as the best rookie at Macau. Tom Blomqvist (Fortec Motorsports, 8th place) and Nicholas Latifi (Carlin, 9th place) also finished in the top ten in the Chinese gambling paradise. All four junior drivers raced in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. 

Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) 
“I still can’t find the worlds to describe how nice it is to win here. This is a long-time dream of mine coming true. In 2012, I came third here and I definitely wanted to do better this time. I managed to do so and I am totally happy. Especially the fact that I was able to race in the colours of Theodore Racing, a team with such a long-standing history, in the 60th running of the race, is making me proud. In the first half of the race, I was able to pull a decent gap from the rest of the field, but as António came closer and closer in the final stages, I just said: stand on it…”

Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports)
“For me, the race was great fun, but it was also very tough. I was racing with used tyres and keeping up with the others was difficult. I am really happy with my podium finish. I definitely wanted to do better than my sixth-place finish from last year.”

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“All in all, my race was good. In the first half, we still were having a few technical issues and I thought that we wouldn’t be able to finish the race by any means. Towards the end, I was able to attack once more and my lap times were really good. On one hand, it is really a shame that we didn’t make it onto the podium. On the other hand, I am really happy with my best Macau result to date.”