Pastor Maldonado, E23-03. Q: P6, 1:15.329  FP3: P10, 1:17.573
“That was not too bad! We were expecting this kind of result after yesterday’s practice. The performance of the car here seems to be slightly better than at the other tracks. It may be due to a characteristic of our car for this kind of track with the slow corners and very long, fast straights. It’s positive for the team to have both cars on the third row. It’s a long race, we have good pace but the others are competitive too. Normally, we have better pace in the races than in qualifying which is encouraging. We’ll do our race, push hard as always and hopefully get a good result.”

Formula 1

Hamilton, Rosberg Dominate in Canadian Grand Prix Betting

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to extend his narrow lead atop the Formula One standings when he hits the track in Montreal on Sunday for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix as a heavy 2/3 favorite in motor sports betting at the online sportsbooks.

Hamilton, a three-time winner in Montreal, enters the weekend with 126 points in the standings, just 10 points ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who is coming off back-to-back wins in May, at the Spanish Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix.

The German’s recent success places him close on Hamilton’s tail in Canadian Grand Prix online betting, at 3/2.

The dynamic duo of Hamilton and Rosberg has dominated the F1 circuit this season, combining to take the checkered flag at five of the six races run so far this year.

Rosberg’s current win streak was preceded by a pair of Hamilton victories in the Bahrain Grand Prix and Chinese Grand Prix, after opening the season with a win in Australia.

Accordingly, the pair have also risen to the top of the Formula One futures betting odds at the online sportsbooks, with Hamilton perched as a 2/9 favorite, followed by Rosberg at 2/9. As one of the most exciting events upon which to place a bet, Betting Sports are recommending that anyone watching Formula One should have their eye on this scintillating pair this season.

The only blemish on the Mercedes record this year came in Malaysia, where Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claimed victory, while Hamilton finished over eight seconds back in second place and Rosberg in third.

Vettel represents the greatest threat to Hamilton and Rosberg, both in the race for the 2015 Drivers Championship and Canadian Grand Prix betting odds.

The four-time World Champion has amassed 98 points so far on the season, and rounds out the list of betting favorites at Sunday’s race, with strong 8/1 odds.

Vettel most recently picked up a win in Montreal in 2013 while driving for Renault-Red Bull, but finished a disappointing third last year, behind then teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, who claimed his first career win on the track at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

After wrapping up last season with three wins and a third-place finish in the Drivers Championship, Ricciardo has struggled this year, finishing no higher than fifth. However, the 25-year-old Australian showed signs of breaking through in Monaco last month, where he was credited with the fastest lap of the race.

Ricciardo’s success at Monaco has not moved his Formula One betting odds ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, which remain stalled at a distant 150/1.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen leads the middle of the pack in motor sports online betting on this week’s race, with 22/1 odds. The winner of the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix also sits fourth in F1 standings with 66 points, but has failed to earn a victory since capturing the checkered flag at the season-opening Australian Open in 2013, and has won just five races in total since winning the Drivers Championship in 2007.

F1Weekly podcast # 680

Clark and Nasir go over the endless possible scenarios for the Grand de Canada of course another great Motorsports Mondial and this weeks interview is with young up and coming driver Lando Norris.

F1W presents Kimi Räikkönen’s Montreal Preview:



Alpine on the road to Le Mans once more…

Ambitious Alpine on the road to Le Mans once more...
  • For the third year in succession, Alpine will contest the Le Mans 24 Hours which this year takes place on June 13-14.
  • The Alpine A450b will be crewed by an entirely French driver line-up formed by Nelson Panciatici, Paul-Loup Chatin and Vincent Capillaire.
  • The team will be on-site at La Sarthe from May 31 for the official pre-event Test Day.

Since its return to active competition in 2013, Alpine has clinched back-to-back crowns in the European Le Mans Series. Meanwhile, Signatech-Alpine made it right the way to the chequered flag at Le Mans in both 2013 and 2014, claiming an excellent podium finish in the LMP2 class last year and a remarkable seventh position overall.

In 2015, Alpine continues to compete at the very pinnacle of international sportscar racing, fielding its A450b in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

After rounds so far at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps, Nelson Panciatici, Paul-Loup Chatin and Vincent Capillaire will return to Le Mans on Sunday, May 31 for the vital first phase of the official pre-event build-up.

Over the course of the day, they will all have the opportunity to test the Alpine A450b around this temporary circuit, by way of preparation for qualifying on June 10-11 and the 83rd edition of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours itself on June 13-14.

Bernard Ollivier, Alpine Director:“With the calibre of the field at Le Mans this year, it will be a tall order to replicate the seventh place we achieved outright 12 months ago, but the objective is to repeat our LMP2 class podium – if not better. Whilst the situation might be slightly different this time around, the team has real in-depth strength and big ambitions. Our drivers are very familiar with both the Alpine A450b and the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the team has shown it has the potential on many occasions. Ultimately, the cream will rise to the top, and our team has consistently proven that it possesses motivation and determination in spades!”

Philippe Sinault, Signatech-Alpine Team Manager: “Our entire season is geared around preparing for this prestigious event. The Alpine A450b will benefit from a special aerodynamic package for Le Mans, boasting a number of improvements over last year – when it was already very competitive here in the LMP2 class. We have an excellent driver line-up, all of whom have prior experience of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the Test Day will enable us to reacclimatise to the track and establish a sound basic set-up. You must always expect the unexpected at Le Mans; all the teams are capable of formulating the optimum strategy, but if you really want to prevail in this race, you must be adept at anticipating and reacting unforeseen situations as they arise.”

Nelson Panciatici:“We will be able to draw upon the experience that we all have with the Alpine A450b, which is a real advantage when it comes to tackling a race like the Le Mans 24 Hours. We already have a good baseline set-up for the car and a good understanding of the tyres, but the Test Day will serve as an important form guide and an indicator as to where we stand in relation to our rivals. The new aero package will give us a performance boost around this unique circuit. In the race, if we can be as competitive as we were last year, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t do battle for the podium again and even the LM P2 class victory.”

Paul-Loup Chatin:“I really can’t wait to get started! Beginning with the Test Day, we will need to really turn up the tempo in order to be completely prepared for the race. This session will allow us to assess the different set-up options we have for the car and tyres. It looks like being a tougher fight than in 2014, but whilst we are aware that we still have work to do to improve the performance of the car, our experience and knowledge of the Alpine A450b will unquestionably play in our favour. We intend to leave absolutely no stone unturned in our efforts to conquer the most demanding and rewarding race in the world!”

Vincent Capillaire:“This is the greatest race in the world simply because it is the hardest race in the world! For me in particular, the Le Mans 24 Hours holds a special significance. Like many people from Le Mans, I was born barely 300 metres from the Tertre Rouge turn. I still live in Le Mans and I work at the circuit. Last year, I made my debut in the race and achieved a great result first time out. Now, I want to make the most of that experience to do even better in 2015. We’ve got a very strong team, a reliable Alpine A450b that we know inside-out and a well-matched driver line-up. All of that should give us an excellent chance of success.”




Do you like the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve?

It’s amazing and I always enjoy being there. Canada is a great race not only because of the track but because of the people who come to support it. There is a great atmosphere all weekend and the city is quite close to the circuit which means there is a great vibe all round. There is also a lot of history to the Grand Prix and it has been around for a while – it is one of the great GPs during the season.

What do you need for a fast lap around the track?

You need a good race car to have confidence to push and that is something we have with the E23. You use the kerbs quite a lot, so you need to be able to ride the bumps well and you need good turn-in for the chicanes. Also, like Monaco, you need to stay away from the walls. You should get close, but making contact is too close!

How variable can the weather be in Canada?

It’s an interesting part of the race as you never know what the weather can be like in Montréal. I’ve been there when it’s been pretty hot, but I’ve also been there when it’s cold and when it’s very wet. Any of these conditions can make things interesting especially as the track isn’t used much so you don’t know how it might react.

Monaco was rather a short race for you; how frustrating was that?

Of course it was frustrating, but that’s the way that racing goes sometimes. There were lots of positives; we qualified well and the car felt good on the track. Unfortunately there was an issue with a part and the only alternative was to retire the car. That’s racing sometimes.

Do you think Montréal could be the venue to get your championship charge on course?

I’ve approaching every race wanting to finish in the points. The circuit in Canada has its own challenges but there’s nothing to say we shouldn’t be fast there. This year’s car has felt good so I’ll be pushing for points in the race. At most of the races this year we’ve looked strong all through the weekend and it’s been the final piece of crossing the finish line in the points which has been out of reach. That’s what we want this weekend.

How competitive has the racing been this season?

It’s been interesting where we are and there is still a lot of potential for us to do well this season. We’ve seen that the Mercedes is consistently the fastest car, but they are not unbeatable. Behind them there’s a great battle. We seem to have a car that is in the top ten on qualifying pace and quicker than some of its nearest rivals when it comes to the race pace. At somewhere like Monaco it’s difficult to take advantage of superior race pace, but at more open circuits we’re well placed.

How has the E23 evolved so far?

We’ve had upgrades and we have a good understanding of how to get the car to work how we want it. It’s much more predictable and delivers more than last year’s car. You can see that the lessons learnt in 2014 have been applied. I’m looking forward to some good weekends where we can deliver what we’re capable of.

What’s your focus mid-season?

Over the year your focus doesn’t change much and it’s pretty simple; you want to do the very best you can at every race. You turn up at the track, work with the engineers, get in the car then drive the best you can.




FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 - NURBURGRING - NORDSCHLEIFE - GERMANY WTCC-14/05/2015 TO 16/05/2015 - PHOTO : @World <p– After an out-of-the-ordinary experience at the Nürburgring, the FIA WTCC returns to a more conventional setting for its next meeting at Moscow Raceway.

– With four race wins in as many meetings, José María López has a solid lead in the Drivers’ World Championship.

– Neck and neck behind him, Sébastien Loeb and Yvan Muller will be looking to close the gap on their teammate.

– Having won here last year, Ma Qing Hua will be hoping to use that experience to get himself back on the podium.

Before rounding off the European season with trips to Slovakia, France and Portugal, the FIA World Touring Car Championship is heading east to Russia, the world’s largest country, for its fifth meeting of the year. The competition is making its third visit to Moscow Raceway, a circuit opened in 2012 and designed by famous architect Hermann Tilke.

Last year, the Russian weekend proved a fruitful one for the Citroën Total team. José María López was victorious in Race 1, with Sébastien Loeb picking up third spot. History was then made in Race 2, as Ma Qing Hua became the first Chinese driver to win an FIA World Championship race! In his very first weekend in a Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, Qing Hua succeeded in holding off a resurgent Yvan Muller over the last few laps. So all four Citroën drivers have already enjoyed podium success at Moscow Raceway, and all four will be aiming to repeat the experience in 2015!


With no test sessions to occupy them since the Nürburgring, each Citroën driver has done his own thing over recent weeks. While Ma Qing Hua headed for Shanghai to catch up with his friends and savour his beloved Chinese cuisine, Yvan Muller prepared for his participation in the Rallye du Chablais in a DS 3 R5. Last week, José María López was to be found in the paddock at the Monaco GP as a consultant for FOX Sports. And after a few days’ rest with his family, Sébastien Loeb will be in Haguenau on Saturday 30 May for the official opening of the sports complex that bears his name!

On Thursday, they will all converge on the Russian circuit to start busily preparing for the fifth round of the WTCC season. With three pole positions, four Race-1 victories and three Race-2 podium spots to his name, José María López has a near-perfect record so far. The Argentine driver’s consistency has enabled him to build a 50-point cushion between himself and his nearest rival. Barring a dramatic turn of events, the reigning World Champion should still find himself at the top of overall standings when he leaves Russia. But Pechito has not forgotten that this circuit saw the only DNF of his FIA WTCC career so far…

Lying second in the World Championship, a position he has occupied since the opening round, Sébastien Loeb has seen his advantage eroded over the last three meetings, with Yvan Muller now just one point behind him in third! With one win and four other podium finishes in eight races, Seb has clearly raised his game since last season. A little more success in qualifying is all he needs to challenge Pechito’s supremacy.

Little by little, Yvan Muller is making up for the ground he lost with his scoreless performance at Termas. But the World Champion does not want to settle for second. To rein in López, he will have to notch up pole positions, as he did in Hungary, and win races, as he did in Morocco and Germany! Yvan is a formidable competitor and will give no quarter…

Ma Qing Ha’s season has been one of highs and lows. So far, the Chinese driver has achieved just one podium finish (in Marrakech). But despite his relative inexperience, he will be aiming for nothing less than victory! Moscow is the first circuit this season that was part of his 2014 programme. He hopes to use that experience to snatch back fourth place in the Drivers’ World Championship from Tiago Monteiro.

José María López, Sébastien Loeb, Yvan Muller and Ma Qing Hua have all stacked up points for Citroën in the Manufacturers’ World Championship. The team has scored the maximum 95 points at three of the four meetings contested so far. This gives it a lead of 115 points, an advantage it will be seeking to build on in the meetings ahead!