FORMULA 1

ASTON MARTIN RED BULL IN-SEASON TEST, HUNGARY

Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: RB14
Laps: 125
Best time: 1:19.854
Circuit length: 4.381km
Fastest Lap: A. Giovinazzi (1:15.648)
Hot on the heels of his superb drive from 12th on the grid to fourth place in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo was today back behind the wheel of the RB14 in Budapest, as Formula 1’s second in-season test of the campaign got underway at the Hungaroring.
Commenting on his final day in the RB14 before the sport’s traditional summer break, Daniel said: “We did some good work today. There was a lot of long run stuff, a lot of data gathering, and we got through some set-up changes as well, so it was a pretty good day for the team. We ran with a lot of rakes and aero parts, so I know we tried a few things, but honestly I’m not too sure of the detail. I do know we used some 2019 Pirelli test tyres and that did feel quite different, so we’ll see what comes of that. It was a pretty busy day and we got a lot of laps under our belt, so I don’t feel too bad about saying that’s me done for the moment – now it’s holiday time!”
Senior Projects Engineer Jeff Calam added: “We had a very productive test today, during which we were able to look towards the races to come after the summer break and also towards next season. We ran some test elements aimed at 2019’s car and gathered a lot of valuable information, which will certainly help with the development of the RB15.
As with other teams we also had a set of 2019 Pirelli test tyres available, so all in all it was a very useful day for the long-term. It was also useful for the short and medium-term too, as we were also able to answer a few questions we’ve had about the RB14 since the last in-season test in May and the data from that will undoubtedly help us for the remainder of this season. We had some rain today, but that wasn’t unexpected, so we even managed to schedule in some wet weather test items. Overall a very good day, with no reliability issues, and a lot learned.”

INDYCAR SERIES

ROSSI WORKS TWO-STOP STRATEGY TO WINNING PERFECTION AT MID-OHIO

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sunday, July 29, 2018) – About the only wheel Alexander Rossi turned wrong in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio came when he attempted a victory doughnut in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda. His car slid off track and became stuck in the grass.

Otherwise it was an exceptional day for the Andretti Autosport driver, who won the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course by 12.8285 seconds. Rossi was the only driver in the 24-car field to complete the 90-lap race in two pit stops, while everyone else needed three.

HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO: Official results

It made all the difference as Rossi picked up his fourth career win and second of the season. Rossi also advanced one position in the championship standings, moving into second place, 46 points behind Scott Dixon after 13 of 17 races.

“It’s what we needed. We said coming into this weekend that we have to execute for five (race) weekends in a row; this is the start of that, hopefully,” Rossi said. “The NAPA Andretti team was so on it today. They gave me an amazing race car, and this one’s for them.”

Starting from the pole position after winning the Verizon P1 Award in Saturday qualifying, Rossi led 66 laps around Mid-Ohio’s 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course. After achieving the necessary fuel mileage early in the race, he and strategist Rob Edwards decided to gamble on the two-stop strategy.

He pitted for Sunoco E85 ethanol and Firestone tires on Laps 29 and 59, running the final 31 laps (70 miles) on a single tank. When Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Robert Wickens made his third pit stop from the lead on Lap 65, Rossi assumed first place and was never threatened.

“It was great strategy all day,” Rossi said. “We knew we could two-stop it if we committed early, and that’s what we did. Great fuel mileage from Honda, great tire life from Firestone, so really an all-around perfect day.

“On races like that, you’ve just got to be really patient. It’s hard sometimes, but Rob is a very calming force and just talked me through it, and we were able to manage it. We were planning on seeing if we could hit a (fuel) number. Then if we could, we were going to do two stops. It was a little bit up to me to see if we could manage it. When we were able to hit it pretty easily, then, yeah, we committed.”

The victory was No. 60 for Andretti Autosport in Indy car competition, but its first at Mid-Ohio.

Wickens, the series rookie driving the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda, finished second to equal his best result set at ISM Raceway in the second race of the season. Wickens now has seven top-five finishes this season and is solidly in sixth place in the standings.

“We stuck to our guns, and I thought our (three-stop) strategy worked well,” Wickens said. “The problem is, on my third stint, I just got stuck in a whole gaggle of cars. Unfortunately, they were on reds (Firestone alternate tires) and I was on black (primary tires), and I couldn’t make it through and just lost loads of time. I was probably losing about a second a lap for a good 10-15 laps.

“It’s unfortunate. Nevertheless, the Lucas Oil car went from P5 to P2. I can’t complain.”

Will Power finished third in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet in his 200th Indy car race, just ahead of teammate Josef Newgarden in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.

Dixon, the five-time Mid-Ohio winner driving the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, made career start No. 300 and finished fifth. Dixon, third on the all-time Indy car wins list with 44, has now placed in the top five in exactly half of his races.

With 150 top-fives, Dixon moved ahead of A.J. Foyt and alone into second place in Indy car history, trailing only Mario Andretti (194).

“Basically, a frustrating day,” Dixon said after seeing his points lead shrink by 16. “I think the car had some good speed. We were really quick early on in a stint, (then) we kind of faded a little bit. The track condition was just not great.

“We would pit and one of the cars in front of us, or right around us, would pit, too, and we’d fall behind them and it just kind of put us back. It was one of those days where one little, tiny move could have jumped us another two or three spots.”

 

GP3

BOCCOLACCI STREAKS TO ASSERTIVE BUDAPEST RACE 2 WIN

French driver claims victory from reverse-grid pole
Dorian Boccolacci clinched victory in the GP3 Series Race 2 at Budapest, Hungary through a well-managed race from reverse-grid pole. The MP Motorsport driver beat nearest rival Callum Ilott by 2.3s at the line, as the ART Grand Prix driver closed the championship lead to teammate Anthoine Hubert to 15 points. Hubert completed the top three to claim consecutive third place finishes.
In hot, sunny conditions – the air temperature approaching 30 degrees C – Boccolacci got off the line well, albeit accosted by fellow front-row starter Juan Manuel Correa, who hustled the Frenchman on the run to the first corner. Boccolacci came out of the fight best, avoiding trouble and managing to get away while Correa became embroiled in a skirmish with the ARTs of Ilott and Hubert, dropping to fourth.
Behind the front-running pack Pulcini had leaped up to fifth, but was under pressure from the chasing Trident duo of David Beckmann and Ryan Tveter. Correa looked to make amends for his start and began to chase after Hubert, but was unable to capitalise on his pace and eventually let the French driver go.
Boccolacci had started to exert his control over the race, quickly finding a strong advantage over Ilott to break free of the chasing pack – setting fastest laps to flex his muscles out in front. By lap 6, he had a 4.6s lead, and this continued to grow in the opening half of the race. Hubert was also free of Correa’s presence, and the American began to fall back into the clutches of Pulcini – with Beckmann and Tveter closely following to pick up any pieces.
Pulcini found his way past Correa with little problem, leaving Beckmann to front the assault on the Jenzer Motorsport driver. However, Correa proved strong in defence, blocking the German’s advances with DRS to hold on to fifth position. Beckmann’s sternest challenge came on lap 9, but could only bump his front wing against Correa as he was unable to make a breakthrough.
After the midway point of the race, Boccolacci’s tyres were starting to grain, and the Frenchman had to dip into his advantage to undertake some tyre management. Keeping the gap to Ilott as static as possible, the British driver slowly began to eat into the MP driver’s buffer – but didn’t seem to have the pace to challenge for the lead. By the penultimate lap, Boccolacci’s lead had fallen to 3.8s, but nonetheless seemed to have everything under control. Meanwhile, the battle between Correa and the two Trident drivers continued, and Tveter launched a fantastic move on Beckmann around the outside of turn 1 as he looked to challenge his compatriot.
On the final tour, Ilott had taken a further second-and-a-half out of the lead, but Boccolacci was too far up the road and clinched an emphatic victory over the British driver. Hubert completed the podium, almost seven seconds clear of fourth-placed Pulcini. Correa held on from Tveter to clinch fifth place, as Beckmann was a further second behind despite his earlier progress. Tatiana Calderon completed the scorers, clinching her first point of the season.

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

MICK SCHUMACHER CLAIMS MAIDEN FIA FORMULA 3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY

Event: 05 Spa-Francorchamps
Session: Race 3
Track: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps / B
Pole position: Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing)
Race winner: Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing)
Weather: overcast, drying track, 21.9 °C

At the legendary 7.004 kilometres long Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) claimed his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship race win. Behind the 19-year-old German, who had started the race at a drying track from sixth on the grid, rookie drivers Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) came second and third respectively. With his seventh podium finish of the current season, Ferrari-backed New-Zealander Armstrong also claimed back the lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings. He is one point ahead of second-placed Daniel Ticktum (Motopark).

4 Mick Schumacher (DEU, PREMA Theodore Racing, Dallara F317 – Mercedes-Benz), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 5, race 3, Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), 26. – 28. July 2018 *** Local Caption *** Copyright (c) FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

At the start, Marcus Armstrong took the lead while Mick Schumacher came out on top in a fierce battle with Guanyu Zhou at the end of the Kemmel straight. Schumacher returned from the opening lap in third place behind Armstrong and Robert Shvartzman.

On the following laps, the Prema trio was able to pull away from the rest of the field that was led by Jehan Daruvala (Carlin). While the Indian lost his fourth place to Jüri Vips (Motopark), Armstrong got under increasing pressure from Shvartzman. On lap nine, Schumacher also became involved in the battle for the lead and made his move one lap later. Firstly, he overtook Shvartzman. Then he put his car alongside Armstrong’s with a brave move at the famous Eau Rouge corner and moved up into the lead. He held on to this position until the chequered flag was out and this celebrated his maiden race win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

In the 15th race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, the drivers who finished behind race winner Schumacher in the top ten were Shvartzman, Armstrong, Vips, Daniel Ticktum, Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP), Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark), Sebastian Fernandez (Motopark), Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) and Fabio Scherer (Motopark). The 16th to 18th race of the season will be taking place at Silverstone in three weeks.

Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “Winning at Spa is a great feeling after I unfortunately wasn’t able to convert yesterday’s pole position into a race success. As it seems, Spa is a good venue for the Schumacher family. When I saw the rain this morning, I was already happy: I very much like rain and mixed conditions. In the overtaking manoeuvre against Marcus, I was able to attack him from the slipstream. I already made a similar move in race one and therefore I knew that it would work out.”

FORMULA 1

LCH AKA JESUS TAKES STUNNING POLE IN HUNGARY

LCH took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix after delivering a masterclass in the rain.

Sebastian Vettel was expected to be the fastest in the dry, but, as ever, LCH turned on the style when the heavens opened.

The Englishman beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas by a quarter of a second to the top slot on the grid, while Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third.

Vettel, 17 points behind Hamilton in the championship, finished only fourth, more than half-a-second down on his rival.

Dark clouds hovered over the Hungaroring before large claps of thunder ensured a downpour was imminent.

Moments later, the rain arrived to ensure the first wet qualifying session since last September’s Italian Grand Prix. On that day, Hamilton prevailed with a remarkable lap, and here the Briton was at it again to prove his credentials in the slippery conditions.

Vettel, who crashed out from the lead of his home race in Germany last week, appeared cautious, and will now have his work cut out from fourth at a track where overtaking is difficult.

“We couldn’t have expected this because Ferrari have been quickest all weekend,” Hamilton, only fourth in final practice, said. “We were going to try and do our best to be as close to them as possible, but then the heavens opened and it was fair game.

“It is so tricky out there. Towards the end it was getting really wet and it is difficult to arrive at the corner and know how much grip you are going to have.

“That was massively challenging. You are tip-toeing around like a ballerina. We are in a great position so we are going to do our best to keep the red guys behind us.”

FORMULA 2

SETTE CAMARA TAKES MAIDEN POLE IN BUDAPEST QUALIFYING
Carlin ace grabs fastest time in final minutes of session
Sergio Sette Camara surged to top spot in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Qualifying session in Budapest, Hungary, grabbing a 1:27.400 time with two minutes left on the clock, ensuring the Carlin driver claimed his first F2 pole position. Jack Aitken had to be content with second place, and the ART Grand Prix driver watched Sette Camara surpass his best effort from the pitwall as Nyck de Vries of PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing secured third.
Despite the threat of rain emerging an hour before qualifying in the shape of looming, grey clouds, the sun broke through to guarantee a dry session. Aitken hit the road first, leading out teammate George Russell and Trident’s Arjun Maini before setting the first timed lap of the session. Although Antonio Fuoco’s (Charouz Racing System) warmup lap was marginally faster than Aitken’s, the British driver was immediately on the pace on his first quick run, punching in a 1:27.704 lap as Russell fell short by just 0.06s.
With traffic a factor and clear track at a premium, there was very little change in order prior to the mid-session tyre switch phase, and Aitken’s overtures to improve his best time were met with a lock-up into the first corner, while quick first sectors from Russell and Maini were wasted by the limited space available for the drivers.
As the majority of the field pitted prior to the midway point of the session to prepare for their second round of runs, de Vries led a quintet of drivers who used the lull in running to exploit a traffic-free circuit. The Dutchman then snatched control of the session, going just under a tenth quicker than Aitken on his first flying run to head the timesheets.
Seeking retribution, Aitken returned to the circuit on fresh tyres and immediately set about overturning de Vries’ advantage. Stating his intentions with a session-best first sector, Aitken hacked two tenths out of the PREMA driver’s headline time, returning to the top of the timesheets. The British driver bravely called his session a day afterwards, electing to watch the final five minutes from the pitwall.
Aitken’s time initially stood firm, seeing off attempts from Russell and de Vries, before Sette Camara dived below the benchmark by six-hundredths of a second – courtesy of a purple final sector – to clinch his first ever pole position in F2.
Aitken joins the Brazilian on the front row for tomorrow’s Feature Race, as de Vries leads the second row alongside championship leader Russell. Luca Ghiotto (Campos Vexatec Racing) beat Lando Norris (Carlin) to fifth, with RUSSIAN TIME’s Artem Markelov taking seventh on Saturday’s grid – just 0.001s faster than Maini. Ralph Boschung (MP Motorsport) and Louis Delétraz (Charouz) completed the top half of the field.

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