CLARK AND NASIR FINALLY GET TO THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX AND THEY COME TO THE CONCLUSION VETTEL HAS BEEN RATTLED! WE ALSO TALK ABOUT MICK SCHMACHER AND HIS SUDDEN SUCCESS IN THE F3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP.
In the third FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at the 4.318 kilometres long Red Bull Ring, nobody was faster than Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing). The Russian rookie scored his maiden victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Mick Schumacher (PREMA Powerteam), the leader in the drivers’ standings, took the chequered flag in second place from Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark). For the PREMA Theodore Racing team, this result was enough to seal an early title in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship teams’ classification.
Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “Also from me congratulations to the team, winning the teams’ title is great. Everyone on and off the track has worked hard to achieve this and has done a great job. In this race, Robert was very good while my start wasn’t optimal. After that, my speed was very good as well which shows that I had the potential to win this race, too.”
Mr.PeterBrazier, Head of F1Weekly’s European operations, enjoying a day at the races at Silverstone with Nicki and Martin. The WEC event saw Fernando Alonso won again with Toyota. The “Oh, what a feeling!” was short lived as both the Hybrid Toyotas were disqualified.
Sadly, our man on the spot was not able to enjoy PG with JB as his race lasted only a lap.
The European F3 Championship was also in action. Here we share some images courtesy of Mr. Brazier.
Strike a pose, Kiwi-style. Marcus Armstrong is the first driver from New Zealand since the late Chris Amon to be under a Ferrari contract. He is a race winner and one of the top runners in this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Hot & Bull Headed. Daniel Ticktum is Dr. Marko’s next big project. This year he is in the hunt for championship glory in FIA Formula 3 European Championship, and last year won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in a wild finish.
Peter in the paddock. Former F1 team manager and well-known journalist Peter Windsor checking out F3 machinery with a young race fan. Car 65 is driven by F1W friend Enaam Ahmed, his highlights of the season so far are two wins and second place finish in the Pau Grand Prix.
Fast Fraulein. Sophia Florsh is a young German lady. She is competing with the Dutch team of Frits van Amersfoort, the wonderful folks who delivered Max Verstappen to Formula 1 after only one season of single seater racing.
Event: 09 Spielberg Session: Race 2 Strecke: Red Bull Ring / A Pole position: Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) Race winner: Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) Weather: overcast, 16.6 °C
For Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing), his streak of race wins in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship continues. At Spielberg, the Austrian also won the second race of the weekend. In the race at the 4.318 kilometres long Red Bull Ring that included quite some action, he finishes ahead of Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing). Due to the retirement of Daniel Ticktum (Motopark), Schumacher extended his lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings.
Mick Schumacher took the lead at the start from Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shvartzman. The first safety car intervention of the race, caused by retirements of Keyvan Soori Andres (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Sebastian Fernandez (Motopark) on the opening lap, didn’t change that order.
A collision between Artem Petrov (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) in the duel for eleventh place on lap 17 led to the second safety car intervention. Schumacher also remained in control during the second restart of the race and maintained his lead. Behind him, Armstrong had to defend his second place against his charging teammate Shvartzman, which he did with success. The safety car came out a third time following a collision involving Daniel Ticktum, Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin) and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) on lap 21. All three drivers involved in the incident retired while Schumacher celebrated his fifth consecutive victory soon after that. Behind Armstrong and Shvartzman, Vips, Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing), Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark), Fabio Scherer (Motopark), Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin), Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Sophia Flörsch (Van Amersfoort Racing) rounded out the top ten. Flörsch thus scored her maiden Formula 3 European Championship point.
Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “I had to start from the more damp side of the grid, but I still maintained first place. Then I tried to build an advantage, which I did at every restart as well. Partly, I also was lucky because drivers behind me were fighting. Too bad that the race ended behind the safety car. Nevertheless, I am happy with this win, of course.”
Event: 09 Spielberg Session: Race 1 Track: Red Bull Ring / A Pole position: Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) Race winner: Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) Weather: overcast, track wet; 11.4 °C
For the fourth consecutive time, Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) has won an FIA Formula 3 European Championship race. As Daniel Ticktum (Motopark), his fiercest rival in the battle for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title, only finished eighth, Schumacher is also moving up into first place of the drivers’ standings. At the rain-soaked 4.318 kilometres long Red Bull Ring, Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) finished behind the German.
Mick Schumacher started the race from pole position, but had to defend his position from a charging Robert Shvartzman. After some laps, Schumacher had established a small margin that he was able to maintain until the end. For Shvartzman, the best-placed rookie in the field, his second place was never under threat either.
Behind the two Prema drivers, Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) initially was running in third place, but he lost this position to Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin). The only Austrian in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship field already moved up from eleventh on the grid to fifth at the start and even claimed third place soon after that. However, he wasn’t able to keep it for a long time as Armstrong moved ahead of him. On lap nine, Alex Palou, who had started from 13th place, overtook the New Zealander and eventually was third across the finish line.
Armstrong, Habsburg, Jüri Vips (Motopark), Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark), Ticktum, Fabio Scherer (Motopark) and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) were classified in fourth to tenth place. Ticktum and Daruvala in particular staged a thrilling duel for their respective positions over several laps in which the British Red Bull junior driver eventually came out on top.
Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “At the start and on the first few laps, I had to defend my position from Robert. At that time, the track was still quite slippery and I didn’t want to take too many risks. After that, I was able to pull clear a bit and tried to save my tyres as much as I could. I am very happy that things were going so well for me at the wet and drying track. And I am also happy to have taken the lead in the drivers’ standings.”
CLARK AND NASIR FINALLY GET TO THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX THE DISASTER FOR FERRARI AND WE HAVE THE BRAZIER REPORT FROM SILVERSTONE!
HERE ARE SOME WORDS FROM SEBASTIAN VETTEL…
It’s never easy to come and win even if, obviously, that was our target. Yesterday the qualifying didn’t go the way we wanted and we couldn’t extract the best out of ourselves. Today, starting from third position, we had to try something different, but it didn’t work out and we finished where we started.
We were running second after a good start which allowed me to get past Max, I was happy and confident when I got the call to box, I knew I needed a mega out lap to try and challenge for the lead but it didn’t work. I lost time behind another car and the brakes got a little too hot, it was close but we got the worse of it.
I fully support the team’s decision because, as I am sitting in the car, I can’t be aware of everything that goes on, so I rely on them. Our target was not to finish third, but today we just did not have enough speed.
LCH extended his lead in the championship to 40 points over Sebastian Vettel after converting pole position into victory at the Singapore Grand Prix.
The result represents a hammer blow for Vettel’s title hopes as the Ferrari driver could only manage third place behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in second. Vettel had gone into the Singapore weekend desperate for victory after winning just one of the last four races compared to Hamilton’s three, but a poor qualifying performance on Saturday and a botched strategy on Sunday saw him lose another 10 points to his title rival.
Vettel had moved ahead of Verstappen for second place at the start of the race, but Ferrari dealt him a lousy hand by switching him to the ultra-soft compound tyre instead of the more resilient soft at his on and only pit stop on lap 13. Hamilton pitted a lap later and Mercedes opted to counter Ferrari’s strategy by switching the race leader to softs — the safer and more stable tyre to use for such a long stint to the chequered flag. INCREDIBLE!