Alexander Rossi dominates in Barcelona.
The American driver kept his head and made the perfect start from pole position disappearing into the distance and leading home Lucas Foresti and teammate Esteban Gutierrez.
Having qualified a lowly 28th on Saturday Rossi had powered his way through the field in Race 1 finishing in the coveted eighth spot to start on pole for today’s race. When Michael Christensen missed his grid spot it meant a second formation lap for Race 2, leaving Rossi with another long wait whilst the 30-strong field lined up behind him, but the American kept his cool and his race was won from the start. Check out www.gp3series.com for further race information.
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Podcast number 424 the Spanish GP recap with Clark and Steve.
What’s happened to Felipe Massa and his problem with the hard tyres.
“Definitely I am not happy because the whole winter in tests I was 110 per cent happy with the car and the way I drove,” said Massa after the Spanish Grand Prix, where he was beaten by Alonso all weekend.
Starting the first race I was 120 per cent happy with the car, and we did a great job in qualifying and the race. After, when we changed these tyres, we did all four races with the same tyres, which is one harder than the tyres from Bahrain, I was struggling.
I couldn’t use the tyres as I want, especially when they are new. So it is something I need to understand. It is not that you finish a lap and you do what you did and were slow. I am outside what I have to be and we need to understand what the problem is.”
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Mark Webber takes a dominant victory in the Grand Prix of Spain.
Lewis Hamilton misses out on a podium with a puncture on lap 65
Vettel facing severe brake problems limps his car home in third.
Fernando Alonso wows the crowd with his second spot on the podium.
Mark Webber: Yeah, absolutely rapped. After qualifying yesterday it was certainly a great position for us to start the grand prix in. We knew it was a long run to the first corner here and we had some pretty quick cars behind us in terms of top speed, so that was the very important part of the race to unlock that and get out of turn one still in the lead. It was quite tight into turn one. We had a good battle going into there and then I just settled into a rhythm really into the first stint, looking after tyres, making sure we got the option through as everyone is still learning, venue to venue, about how the tyres might operate. We had a pretty good idea they would behave themselves but you never know. We just made sure they were in pretty good nick and finishing the stint in a good fashion which they did. Clean pit-stop. I had Seb with me at that stage and then after the pit stop I had Lewis (Hamilton) behind me and we just controlled the gap really. Looking after the car, engine, tyres as still the grands prix are pretty long and the cars are built for a distance and you need to get the cars home. The team have been incredible this week, getting the cars ready, long, long nights for the guys, an incredible amount of effort at the factory. Working on holidays, so collectively Renault and Red Bull have put a huge effort in. The driver did his little bit of work and in the end it was a fantastic result and I am absolutely thrilled.
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1h35:44.101
2. Alonso Ferrari + 24.065
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 51.338
4. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:02.195
5. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1:03.728
6. Massa Ferrari + 1:05.767
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1:12.941
8. Kubica Renault + 1:13.677
9. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
10. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
11. Petrov Renault + 1 lap
12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
13. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap
14. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 2 laps
15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps
16. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth + 2 laps
17. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth + 3 laps
18. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps
19. Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth + 4 laps
Reverse cage rattling at Red Bull with Webber grabbing pole in Barcelona.
Red Bull continue their streak of front row starts with a dominating 1-2
Mark Webber: “It is a good battle between both of us quite often, Seb has a great record, it is nice to get one the other way. It shows how well the team is working collectively as a group.
It is nice if you get it all together and get the result. We have a good long race tomorrow. I am happy with car in race situation. There are no points today so I am looking forward to tomorrow”
Sebastian Vettel: “Mark did a very good job today, a very smooth run through all the qualifying sessions,” said Vettel. “He always seemed to beat me too much in the final sector, we have to look at the data and see where I can improve.
I think we are enjoying ourselves,” he said. “Obviously Mark wants to beat me and I want to beat him, that is not a secret.
Even though the time looks comfortable, we have to keep our feet on the ground because tomorrow is the most important day.
So far we have been quick and done a good job. If we are here tomorrow and we can confirm that then I would be very pleased.”
Michael Schumacher Finally out qualifies his team mate Nico Rosberg.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.412 1:20.655 1:19.995
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:21.680 1:20.772 1:20.101
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.723 1:21.415 1:20.829
4. Alonso Ferrari 1:21.957 1:21.549 1:20.937
5. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.915 1:21.168 1:20.991
6. Schumacher Mercedes 1:22.528 1:21.557 1:21.294
7. Kubica Renault 1:22.488 1:21.599 1:21.353
8. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.419 1:21.867 1:21.408
9. Massa Ferrari 1:22.564 1:21.841 1:21.585
10. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.577 1:21.725 1:21.984
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.628 1:21.985
12. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.211 1:22.026
13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.857 1:22.131
14. Petrov Renault 1:22.976 1:22.139
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.699 1:22.191
16. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.593 1:22.207
17. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.084 1:22.854
18. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:23.125
19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.674
20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.748
21. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.475
22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.556
23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:26.750
24. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:27.122
Vettel on top of the time sheets in final practice.
Ferrari remove the controversial bar code from the F10.
Sebastien Vettel:”I am trying to show everyone how strong we are, and let’s see how we do. For this race it is the same for everyone – you try to bring new parts and try to bring a step forward. We have some new parts and we need to confirm it is the step we think it is, and then we go from there.” Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:20.528 15 2. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.232 + 0.704 11 3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.348 + 0.820 14 4. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.376 + 0.848 16 5. Schumacher Mercedes 1:21.583 + 1.055 14 6. Massa Ferrari 1:21.749 + 1.221 16 7. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.013 + 1.485 14 8. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.091 + 1.563 15 9. Kubica Renault 1:22.242 + 1.714 20 10. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.377 + 1.849 12 11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.400 + 1.872 18 12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.412 + 1.884 11 13. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.527 + 1.999 20 14. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.634 + 2.106 16 15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.926 + 2.398 20 16. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:22.953 + 2.425 16 17. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.597 + 3.069 12 18. Petrov Renault 1:23.896 + 3.368 5 19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.610 + 4.082 14 20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.745 + 4.217 11 21. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.722 + 5.194 15 22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.855 + 5.327 14 23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:26.611 + 6.083 18 24. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:30.246 + 9.718 6
F1weekly Podcast number 423 Is on!
Back to Europe and Barcelona for what some say is the real start of the Championship.
The FIA give the OK to Ferrari engine upgrades.
“A lot of work was carried out on the test bench, completing several long runs and this work produced some solutions which it is felt will solve the reliability problems experienced in Bahrain and Malaysia. The team therefore requested and received authorisation from the FIA to make some changes within the framework of the current engine regulations and these modifications will be fitted to the engines to be used in Spain.
While since China, everyone in the Gestione Sportiva has been working hard as always on their various areas of activity, it is fair to say that over the past weeks, the staff in the engine department really produced a major effort, working night and day to analyse, evaluate and solve issues that have affected engine performance in past races.”
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