FORMULA 1

ASTON MARTIN RED BULL RACING’S THOUGHTS ON QUALIFYING IN CANADA…

MAX VERSTAPPEN Position: 3rd 1:10.937 (Practice 3 – P1 1:11.599)
“I think we did a really good job today, the car has been performing very well and we made the most of it. In Q3 we were just lacking a little top speed but we were close and I’m happy. We have no issues, the pace was decent and we are not too far behind. The whole weekend I felt very good on the hypersofts which makes me more comfortable to attack the corners and this is always a good combination. The little engine upgrade probably pushed us a bit closer which is always nice to have. This track feels a little like a go-kart track and hitting all the kerbs is good fun. We have been fast all weekend and in the race we are usually faster than in Qualifying. We are starting on a different tyre which will make things interesting in the race but we will see, because many things can happen and if the safety car comes out that can change everything. We can definitely overtake on this track so that will give us many possibilities.”
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 6th 1:11.116 (Practice 3 – P5 1:12.153)
“I think my weekend has lacked a little bit of rhythm and we’ve been one step behind due to some of the issues on Friday. In Qualifying, we actually made really good progress and I feel like we should be better than sixth with the way we performed. It’s all very close; disappointing to be at the tail end of that top pack but actually I don’t think we could have done more. Even though Max was quickest in each practice session, I think we still knew getting pole here would be tricky and for that reason we thought it would be better to start tomorrow on the hypersoft. We knew we would probably have a couple of cars to pass and it gives us a chance off the start and on the first lap with a bit more grip, afterwards we will have to manage them. This strategy sets us up to be aggressive and attack. The first few laps will dictate a lot of the race but I think we still have a chance of a podium and it should hopefully make some good TV as well.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A really exciting Qualifying today, with nothing much between the times set, which is particularly encouraging for us at this type of circuit. It was an excellent performance from Max to qualify in P3, less than two-tenths from pole position, topping a strong showing in the practice sessions here in Montreal. Having been quickest during Q2, Daniel will start tomorrow’s grand prix in P6 but in Qualifying there was not much to separate him from those further up the grid. We have elected to start on a different strategy to our immediate competitors, starting tomorrow’s race on hypersoft tyres, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out tomorrow.”

PEBBLE BEACH

THE INDY CAR REVOLUTION HEADS TO THE 18TH FAIRWAY OF PEBBLE BEACH

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 6, 2018) — It was the early 1960s. It was a time of change. And at the Brickyard—more formally the Indianapolis Motor Speedway—an outright revolution was underway.

The composition of a racecar was being totally re-envisioned, with the engine moving from front to rear.

Early in the decade, in 1961, Jack Brabham’s nimble new rear-engine Cooper made its way onto the track at the start of the 45th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes—and finished ninth, besting many of the more powerful front-engine competitors by virtue of its superior handling. Just two years later, Jimmy Clark piloted a Lotus, one of four rear-engine cars in the race, to second overall. And another rear-engine car placed second the following year. The writing was on the wall.

This 1963 Agajanian Willard Battery Watson Special, coming to us from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, was one of the last of the traditional roadsters to win the Indianapolis 500.

Old-school “roadsters” with their big, front-mounted Offenhauser engines still outnumbered rear-engine cars by nearly two to one in 1964, and a roadster driven by A. J. Foyt won. But that victory was short-lived. In truth, the roadster was done.

European Formula 1 expertise was about to radically change an American tradition.

Dan Gurney convinced Lotus Founder Colin Chapman to build an all-new rear-engine car for the 1965 race, and Ford Motor Company provided a powerful new 4-cam V-8. Fully 27 of the 33 cars that started this 500 were rear-engine designs. But the Lotus 38 created by Chapman, powered by Ford, and driven by Clark scored a convincing victory, recording what was then the highest-ever average speed (150.686 mph).

This 1961 Quinn Epperly Indy Roadster, owned by Bill Akin, features a unique “laydown” configuration, with the engine on its side, to allow for a lower more aerodynamic body. It has just been freshly restored.

Bell bottoms and flower power were passing passions, but the rear-engine racecar was here to stay.

“At first, Indy traditionalists scoffed at these light and lithe new cars, but they proved to be significantly faster than the old roadsters, and once they could be reliably raced, it was obvious that the rear-engine configuration was the only way to go,” says Ken Gross, Pebble Beach Concours Selection Committee member and Chief Class Judge.

The Indianapolis Revolution will be celebrated with a special class on the competition field of the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 26. Front-engine cars, including a freshly restored “laydown” roadster (with the engine on its side), will battle once again with a wonderful variety of of rear-engine cars, including the historic 1965 Indy winner.

The 2018 Concours will also feature Motor Cars of the Raj, Rollston Coachwork, Postwar Custom Citroën, Sporting Vintage Cars and Tucker—and organizers also promise another surprise (or two or three!) to be unveiled this summer. So I expect to meet many F1Weekly supporters at this edition of the 2018 Pebble Beach concours d’Elegance.

FORMULA 1

ASTON MARTIN RED BULL RACING CANADIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Daniel Ricciardo “I think it’s only just really sinking in that I won the Monaco Grand Prix and crossing the line after such a challenging race felt amazing. My name is on the board now and it feels good to win the most iconic F1 race there is. After winning in Monaco it’s awesome to be going straight to another street circuit that I love. It’s definitely one of my favourite races of the year, both because of the track and also the city of Montreal itself. The city is just awesome. I’ve had some mixed results in the race but I did win my first Grand Prix there in 2014 and had a podium last year. We’ve got some new updates coming, it’s the hypersoft tyre again, the chassis is running sweet, so we could be looking alright. Hopefully we can have another strong weekend and start chasing down the championship leaders.”

Max Verstappen “Across all of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve I think the last chicane is really important to get right. You arrive at such high speed so when you hit the braking point the brakes can be a bit cold which means you have to be careful and get it right every time. This will also set you up for the exit where you come very close to the wall, it is important not to brush it as you can damage the rim. A millimetre or centimetre doesn’t make too much difference, just don’t touch the wall. Turn one and two have a pretty cool atmosphere as the grandstands are usually full at that part of the track and it creates a small stadium feel, this makes the start a bit more special. The 2017 race ended with disappointment for me, as I had to stop after only 10 laps with a technical issue. Our car as it is now should perform well in Montreal so I am hopeful of achieving a solid result and making up for last year. Besides that, I’m always excited to get back over to the American continent as I really enjoy being there, the people, food and atmosphere are always amazing.”

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

ENAAM AHMED TAKES HIS FIRST VICTORY IN THE FIA F3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP!

Event: 02 Budapest
Session: Race 2
Track: Hungaroring / H
Pole position: Daniel Ticktum (Motopark)
Race winner: Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP)
Weather: sunny, 26.7 °C

For Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP), the trip to Budapest was worth the effort as the rookie driver celebrated his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship race win at the 4.381 kilometres long Hungaroring. Another rookie, Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) came second in the fifth race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season while Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) was happy with his third-place finish. With his success, Ahmed also moved up into the lead of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings after erstwhile points’ leader Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) retired with brake failure.

65 Enaam Ahmed (GBR, Hitech Bullfrog GP, Dallara F317 – Mercedes-Benz), 8 Marcus Armstrong (ITA, PREMA Theodore Racing, Dallara F317 – Mercedes-Benz), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, race 2, Hungaroring (HUN), 1. – 3. June 2018

At the start of the race, things already went to plan for Enaam Ahmed, who claimed the lead on the first metres. Marcus Armstrong returned from the opening lap in second place ahead of Daniel Ticktum. Until the fifth lap, the Red Bull-backed Brit held on to his position, but then retired due to a brake issue, handing third place to Alex Palou.

Meanwhile, Ahmed was able to extend his lead while the positions behind him were also largely taken. Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) in sixth place, on the other hand, couldn’t afford himself any mistakes as his rivals Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing), Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) and Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin) were right behind him for a long time. The Force India junior driver withstood the pressure and crossed the finish line in sixth place from Schumacher, Habsburg, Fenestraz and Ben Hingeley (Hitech Bullfrog GP).

Out in front, Ahmed celebrated his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship race win followed by Armstrong, Palou, Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing).

Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP): “This success is a great feeling. I didn’t expect to win already on my second weekend of racing. The level in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is very high and all the drivers are really good. Therefore, I had a really intense preparation for the season together with my driver coach during the winter, which obviously was good. In this race, my start wasn’t as good as Marcus’s, but still good enough to take the lead. Then, I didn’t take any big risks anymore, because I didn’t want to make any mistakes. Apart from that, it was very hot. I don’t particularly like racing in hot conditions.”

Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing): “My start was good and I was right behind Enaam at the beginning. I was a bit surprised myself that I was so fast at this stage. Then, Enaam managed to pull a slight gap and closing up here is very difficult.”

Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP): “Finally, I managed to make a normal start. So far, my starts were never really good. The performance of the car was never a problem, only the starts. Now, however, we have solved this problem. That is a good feeling.”

INDYCAR SERIES

ANDRETTI SNAPS POLE DROUGHT FOR DETROIT OPENER

DETROIT (Saturday, June 2, 2018) – Marco Andretti became the seventh different Verizon P1 Award winner in as many Verizon IndyCar Series races this season when he captured the pole position today in qualifying for the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

Driving the No. 98 AutoNation/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, the third-generation Indy car driver sizzled around the Raceway at Belle Isle Park temporary street course in 1 minute, 14.8514 seconds (113.024 mph) on his last lap to collect the fifth pole position of his 13-year career and first since Pocono Raceway in July 2013.

CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX: Race 1 qualifying results

Andretti will lead the field to the green flag in this afternoon’s race. It marks the first pole for the 31-year-old on a road or street circuit.

“I’m definitely embarrassed to say that this is my first (road/street pole), but I’ve been outside pole so many times on road and street courses,” Andretti said. “Extremely pleased to execute today. I think yesterday I knew we had the speed … so I knew we had it in the car. All I had to do was execute, and I was able to do that instead of just talking, ‘Oh we would have been first.’ Now we are.”

Andretti will look to erase an even longer drought this afternoon. He hasn’t won a race since 2011 at Iowa Speedway, a stretch of 115 races.

“It’s not easy to be first in anything,” he said. “It’s been a challenge. The win column is what’s really been bugging me, for sure. Starting first is awesome, but I definitely want to win the race. We have a great shot at doing that today. As soon as I knew we won pole, the switch in my brain flipped to win.”

In the unique qualifying format for the Detroit doubleheader weekend, the 23-car field was split into two groups – with each group receiving 12 minutes of track time on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn circuit. Scott Dixon, in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, was quickest in the first group with a lap of 1:15.4186 (112.174 mph) and will start alongside Andretti on the front row.

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

DANIEL TICKTUM SCORES HIS FIRST FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WIN!

Event: 02 Budapest
Session: race 1
Track: Hungaroring / H
Pole position: Daniel Ticktum (Motopark)
Race winner: Daniel Ticktum (Motopark)
Weather: sunny, 23.3 °C

At the 4.381 kilometres long Hungaroring, Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) claimed his maiden victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Behind the British Red Bull junior driver, Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) as the best-placed rookie, were classified second and third respectively. With his success, Ticktum also moved up into the lead of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings.

Daniel Ticktum started from pole-position, but briefly had to hand the lead to Guanyu Zhou after the start. Then, the Ferrari-backed Chinese made a mistake and Ticktum took the lead. Behind him, Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing) moved up into second place while Zhou dropped back to third. Meanwhile, Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) headed into the pits after a duel with Ticktum and retired from the race.

On lap two, Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) also came into the pits after a duel with Robert Shvartzman in which the Austrian lost his fourth place to the Russian rookie. One lap later, Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark) spun on the track that was still partly damp and dropped out of the top ten.

As the race went on, Ticktum gradually extended his lead to over five seconds while his rival Aron incurred a five-second time penalty from the stewards for a jump start. After the race, this was added to the Estonian’s race time. As a result, the winner of the Grand Prix de Pau was classified fifth. Ahead of Aron, Zhou, Shvartzman and Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) occupied second to fourth place while Jüri Vips (Motopark), Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP), Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin), Ben Hingeley (Hitech Bullfrog GP) and Fabio Scherer (Motopark) followed in sixth to tenth place. Fenestraz had come to the Hungaroring as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader.

Daniel Ticktum (Motopark): “I am happy, because unlike at Pau, I managed to turn pole position into a race win. In pre-season testing a couple of weeks ago, we were already fast here and my car was also fast in yesterday’s qualifying. In the race, the first few laps were difficult, because the track was still partly damp. About the duel with Marcus Armstrong on the opening lap, I can only say that I was on the racing line and he tried to overtake me. Then, he got onto the damp part of the track and touched my front wing. I was innocent in this contact.”

Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing): “At the start of the race, the track was still slightly damp. Moreover, many of my teammates were around me, so I was particularly careful. After all, you don’t want to collide with a team partner on the first few metres. Throughout the weekend, my car has been really good and I am happy with second place.”

Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing): “As my grid position was on the damp side of the track, I lost two or three places at the start. I then braked early for the first corner and chose the inside line, allowing me to gain positions. In the second corner, things also went well for me. All in all, I am happy with third place.”

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