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Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio will head the front row at the Hungaroring
It’s all smiles for the Finn Aaro Vainio, the Koiranen GP ace flew to pole position in the dying stages of the qualifying session to secure his third pole in GP3. Conor Daly will start from second for ART Grand Prix with MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat in third.
Once again the GP3 drivers had to contend with searing temperatures, 40 degrees on track as the drivers pushed to the limit in the 30 minute session. The ART Grand Prix trio of Daly, Facu Regalia and Jack Harvey were first to make their way onto the track with Kvyat the early pacesetter in the 1m34’s.
Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to dip into the 1m33’s with Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) a tenth off. After ten minutes, the drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of Pirelli rubber to continue in their quest for pole.
Harvey shot to the top of the timings until his teammate Daly demoted him, bettering his time by a mere 0.002s. Regalia joined his teammates by rising to P1 as the clock ticked down. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) spun and was unable to continue, his car having to be pushed to the side of the track.
Daly reclaimed back his provisional pole with a 1:32.987, as the final minutes were a hype of activity with positions swapping throughout the pack. Williamson, Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) and Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) were all men on the move, heading into the top three but all eyes were on Vainio who upped his pace to set pole position – his first of the 2013 season to set himself up for this afternoon’s race.
At the chequered flag it was Vainio a tenth faster than Daly, with Kvyat, Korjus, Harvey, Williamson, Melville McKee, Sainz, Regalia and Ellinas completing the top ten.
Race 1 takes place at 17.20 CET later today, with increasing temperatures and eight different winners so far, who knows what to expect for this afternoon’s race!
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
Giovanni Venturini
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
Nick Yelloly
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
Eric Lichtenstein
David Fumanelli
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
Luis Sa Silva
Emanuele Zonzini
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering



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Aaro Vainio, Kevin Korjus and Patrick Kujala join Finnish outfit

Koiranen GP, the Finnish team based in Barcelona, will be competing in GP3 series for its first season in few months. Three drivers will be joining the team to contend the 2013 GP3 championship.

Kevin Korjus (Estonian), 20, will return to the team who carried him to the 2010 Eurocup title. He will move from WSR Formula Renault 3.5 after two impressive years.

Aaro Vainio (Finnish), 19, GP3 series 2012 Monaco winner will be back to the championship with Koiranen GP. Vainio was in the GP3 title hunt until the final race weekend last season and finished fourth overall in the Series.

Patrick Kujala (Finnish), 16, will be back on board with Koiranen GP and completing the GP3 series line-up. The team’s youngest driver steps directly from Formula Renault 2.0, competing in Eurocup and crowned 2012 ALPS Rookie champion.

Afa Heikkinen comments, Entering GP3 series is a major challenge for us, but we are confident we can do the job. We have the right people and good drivers, I believe we can challenge front runners in the course of the season. However, we have no illusions, we know it won’t be easy.”

Pre-season testing for the upcoming year will begin on February 20th in Estoril, with the first round taking place in Barcelona in May.




Lotus GP’s Aaro Vainio scorches to Budapest pole
Finland’s Aaro Vainio is enjoying the Hungaroring this weekend. Fastest yesterday in Free Practice and again today to claim pole in dominant style! The Lotus GP driver broke the circuit record en route to the front of the grid and has clawed back points on Series leader Mitch Evans. Antonio Felix Da Costa and Evans line up second and third.
The 30 minute qualifying session got underway with searing track temperatures of 34 degrees under clear blue skies. Once the installation laps were set, Buller was leading the way until Evans shot to P1. Vainio went quickest with Felix Da Costa rising to P2, ahead of David Fumanelli at the midway point.
Marlon Stockinger recorded the fastest time of the morning to take provisional pole whilst the cars returned to the pitlane to change tyres. The shootout for pole got underway with Evans reclaiming back his position at the top of the timings until Vainio set a blistering lap which broke the previous lap record which was 1:36.763, previously held by our reigning GP3 Champion Valtteri Bottas. The Finn’s best laptime was over half a second quicker: 1:36.052 with the Lotus GP driver setting the fastest three sectors of all the drivers, but not all on the same lap, the only thing missing from his checklist today!
Felix Da Costa split Vainio and Evans to qualify second on the grid whilst a late effort from Fumanelli promoted the Italian to fifth place. The top ten finished as Vainio, Felix Da Costa, Evans, Stockinger, Fumanelli, Daniel Abt, Conor Daly, Kevin Ceccon, Matias Laine and Patric Niederhauser.


Aaro Vainio quickest in opening GP3 practice in Budapest…

Finland’s Aaro Vainio started his weekend in the best possible style by topping the timesheets for practice with a laptime of 1.37.396 which was nearly half a second faster than Antonio Felix Da Costa and Conor Daly.
Following last weekend’s race weekend in Hockenheim, the GP3 Series circus moves swiftly to Budapest in Hungary for Round 6. The Hungaroring area is known for its hot and humid climate and today was no exception with the free practice getting underway in high temperatures of 30 degrees.
Ocean Racing Technology’s Robert Cregan and Carmen Jorda were first out on the circuit which is famous for its twisty turns. In the first ten minutes of the session, Kevin Ceccon was leading the way ahead of Alice Powell. On his first lap, MW Arden’s Mitch Evans shot to P1 after 15 minutes had been completed with teammate Matias Laine and Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt close in pursuit.
Carlin’s Felix Da Costa then went quickest with Vainio jumping to P2. The Lotus GP driver became the first driver to break into the 1:37s barrier and displace the Portuguese driver at the top of the standings by nearly half a second. Status Grand Prix’s Marlon Stockinger was also on the move into P4 to knock down Evans to P5 whilst Vainio further enhanced his position at the top by improving on his best lap.
Vainio finished on top ahead of Felix Da Costa, Daly and Stockinger. William Buller rose to P5 in the final minute of the session, ahead of Evans, Abt, Tio Ellinas, Tamas Pal Kiss and Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver from Jenzer spun off at the final corner of practice which brought out the yellow flags as many drivers were trying to set purple sectors to move up the field.


Vainio heads opening practice in Valencia
Lotus GP’s Aaro Vainio fastest in Free Practice in Spain
GP3 Series leader Aaro Vainio set the pace in the forty-five minute practice session at the Valencia Street Circuit for Round 3 of the 2012 Series.
The session got underway with a track temperature of 23 degrees in very muggy and windy conditions as the MW Arden trio were first to take to the track. The circuit was very dusty to begin with as the drivers set their installation laps and cleared away the material as the times began to quicken.
Mitch Evans led the way for the start of the session, ahead of Ocean Racing Technology’s Kevin Ceccon and Matias Laine. The Carlin duo of William Buller and Antonio Felix Da Costa soon shot up to P2 and P3 after 15 minutes of practice had run until Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) snuck into second.
Felix Da Costa then moved to the top of the timesheets with Marlon Stockinger (Status Grand Prix) jumping up to P2. At the midway point, Evans then reclaimed his position back at the head of the timings until Vainio set the quickest time of the session in a hard fought practice as the drivers were getting to grips with the challenge of the tight and twisty street circuit.
Cypriot driver Ellinas rose up to P1 with ten minutes remaining on the clock, but Finnish driver Vainio had other ideas and produced the best laptime in practice of 2:00.094 with five minutes left. His Lotus GP teammate Conor Daly was also on a charge and went P2 ahead of Ellinas, Evans, Felix Da Costa, Ceccon and Stockinger. David Fumanelli was 8th with Alice Powell putting in her best lap on her final attempt to shoot up to P9 ahead of Buller.

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F1weekly podcast number 577

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Lotus GP’s Aaro Vainio takes first GP3 win in Monte Carlo

After securing pole yesterday, Finnish ace Aaro Vainio went one step better by winning the prestigious Monaco race, the first in the history of the GP3 Series. It was a debut career win in the Series for the Lotus GP driver to make a perfect start to the weekend.

With so much anticipation before the race, 26 eager drivers got their first wheel to wheel action around the famous street circuit as the race got underway in hot and sunny conditions. Vainio made the start and defended P1 but it was Atech CRS GP’s Tamas Pal Kiss who got the better of Ocean Racing Technology’s Kevin Ceccon and snuck into P2 before the first corner.

Conor Daly who had started from P8 on the grid was deemed to have made a jump start and later suffered a drive through penalty. However, after initially moving away at the start, he was unable to getaway and yellow flags were waved as miraculously all the drivers behind the American managed to avoid his Lotus GP car.

After the first lap, the Finn had already built up a 1.170s advantage over Pal Kiss and maintained his pace. With Monaco notorious as a circuit extremely hard to overtake, there were battles throughout the field, which were very intense. David Fumanelli got the jump over his MW Arden team mate Mitch Evans at the start to go P4 and then had to hold off a very determined New Zealander for the remainder of the race. There was also a titanic tussle for P6 between Daniel Abt and Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin), with the Portuguese star crawling all over the back of the Lotus GP star in an attempt to find a place to out-manouerve the German.

Ethan Ringel made contact with the barrier at the exit of Sainte Devote, which brought an abrupt end to his race, his Atech CRS GP was cleared under yellow flags. Meanwhile at the front of the pack, Vainio edged out his lead over his Hungarian rival and was over three seconds ahead. Marlon Stockinger (Status Grand Prix) and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) got into a dogfight that was too last until the chequered flag for P8, as did Alex Brundle who was defending the last points position in the top ten from Alice Powell (Status Grand Prix) and his Carlin team mate William Buller who started 15th after an imposed grid penalty from Round 1 in Barcelona.

Pal Kiss continued to try and claw back the advantage Vainio had built up and the duo pulled out a near 8 second margin over Ceccon in P3. The Finn was not going to surrender his lead and produced a lights to flag victory in Monaco to charge to the top of the Drivers Standings. Pal Kiss took P2 and Ceccon produced his best result of his GP3 career with a rostrum finish. Fumanelli maintained P4 to beat his team mate Evans home, ahead of Abt, Felix Da Costa, Stockinger, Ellinas and Brundle.

Vainio now has an 18 point lead over Evans in the Standings with Daly third. Reverse pole for Race 2 goes to Marlon Stockinger and the race will take place tomorrow – Saturday at 17.55 CET.

Cecotto powers to Monaco victory

Venezuelan on top of the world after feature win

Johnny Cecotto dominated his rivals with a seasoned performance to lead from lights to flag and claim a historic victory in this morning’s feature race in Monaco, looking untroubled by Marcus Ericsson and Giedo van der Garde as he claimed his first ever GP2 podium finish on the top step in the fabled principality.

The victory was set up when the lights went out: the Venezuelan made a strong start while fellow front row starter Max Chilton was slow off the line, handing Cecotto an easy run to Ste Devote. Ericsson squeezed by the Englishman for P2, while van der Garde had an open line around the outside to follow the Swede up the hill ahead of Chilton, Luiz Razia, Jolyon Palmer, Davide Valsecchi and Esteban Gutiérrez.

With the tight, twisty street circuit famously difficult to overtake on, the field held station while their teams weighed up pit stop strategies, but the front pair were soon swapping fastest laps as they pulled away together from their rivals. James Calado pitted on lap 11 from P14 to try and leap frog a few cars ahead of him, but the leaders took a much more conservative approach.

Ericsson and van der Garde finally pitted on lap 22, with Cecotto in a lap later: the Venezuelan edged back out ahead of the Swede, and the pair resumed their individual battle for victory, with series leader Valsecchi holding on for 2 more laps to push up to fourth place and clear air as he set the pace in an attempt to claim even more points.

Gutiérrez and Razia had lost out in the pitlane battle and were running 8th and 9th on the road as the race wound down, but they were soon in for more bad luck as they were lapping a backmarker: the Mexican ran too deep at the chicane and bounced over the kerbs and into the wall, breaking his front wing and leaving debris on the track which punctured the Brazilian’s right rear. The pair were straight into the pits and out of the points for the day.

But out in front Cecotto held on against race long pressure from Ericsson to claim his first win in an echo of countryman (and 2010 GP2 Champion) Pastor Maldonado’s fabled Monaco history, while van der Garde crossed the line 5 seconds later to close out the podium.

Valsecchi kept his point score ticking over with a fourth place finish just ahead of Chilton, with Palmer in sixth, Calado taking advantage of a sharp pitstop for seventh while local driver Stéphane Richelmi put himself on pole for tomorrow’s sprint race, with Nathanaël Berthon ninth and Stefano Coletti unable to use his pace for anything more than tenth place and the bonus for fastest lap.

Valsecchi maintains his lead in the series with 141 points, edging away from Razia on 104, while Calado and van der Garde move up to 75 ahead of Chilton on 67 and Gutierrez on 59 points, but all eyes in Monaco were on Johnny Cecotto, who claimed the biggest result of his career with victory in his former home town.