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Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden)

Kvyat scorches to pole in Abu Dhabi—

Three points is all that separates the top two in the Drivers’ Championship after a stunning pole from Daniil Kvyat for MW Arden. The Russian driver continues to excel in Abu Dhabi after posting the fastest time in Free Practice and again in Qualifying. Series leader Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) will start from P10. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus start second and third.
Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) headed the que of eager drivers onto the Yas Marina Circuit in the fight for the decisive pole. The Koiranen GP trio set the early pace in the 30 minute session whilst Ellinas was first to dip into the 1m57’s with Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) into P2.
Regalia rose to the top of the timesheets, lapping in the 1m56’s, but it was his closest rival in the championship, Kvyat who improved to snatch P1 by two tenths. His MW Arden teammate Carlos Sainz jumped up to P2 as the Russian driver lapped quicker to increase his advantage at the front.
Sector 1 and 2 belonged to Korjus with the Estonian ace lighting up the timing screens but a lock-up cost him time and brought him up the order to P2, missing an opportunity to go top. As the drivers pitted for fresh Pirelli tyres at the midway point, it was American Daly who went from P10 to P2 as the clock ticked down.
Harvey disposed Kvyat from the top of the timings, until the MW Arden driver regained P1, with Yelloly and Alexander Sims into the top three. Korjus split the Carlin pair sneaking into P2 with a few minutes remaining, whilst Regalia locked-up on his fastest lap, costing him his chance of starting near the front.
At the chequered flag it was Kvyat, Yelloly, Korjus, Sims, Harvey, Sainz, Daly and Patric Niederhauser. Rookie Dean Stoneman for Koiranen GP impressed in ninth with Regalia completing the top ten.
The GP3 Drivers’ Championship can be decided today in Race 1 later today which will run at 18.35pm local time. This will be the first time GP3 have had a “night” race and with so much to play for, it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Abu Dhabi Qualifying
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
Nick Yelloly
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
Alexander Sims
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
Giovanni Venturini
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
Jimmy Eriksson*
Status Grand Prix
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
Emanuele Zonzini
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
Luis Sa Silva
Robert Cregan
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
Samin Gomez*
Jenzer Motorsport
Alice Powell
Bamboo Engineering
Ryan Cullen*
Marussia Manor Racing
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
*Ryan Cullen has a 10 place grid penalty after Monza Race 2
*Jimmy Eriksson & Samin Gomez have a 5 place grid penalty after Monza R2

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F1weekly and Lotus Renault GP prepares for round eightteen of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Bruno Senna – “Abu Dhabi and Brazil were probably my best two races last season”
The penultimate race of the season was one of Bruno’s favourite tracks last year, and he can’t wait to return.
How would you summarise your weekend as a whole in India?
Well, on one hand it was a good weekend, but on the other hand we did not deliver. The fact that we were competitive on Friday and that we had good potential makes the result much sourer. It was expectation, more than anything, that caused us to be disappointed. At times, we demonstrated the car’s pace, which is why the end result was such a bitter pill to swallow. We had a few problems that didn’t allow us to be up where we hoped to be, but this sometimes happens in motor racing and the main objective now is to understand why.
Did you enjoy the overall Indian experience?
India was extremely interesting, yes. The country is a very different place from anywhere else on the map; you can experience an entirely different culture. It was a completely new race weekend experience; a new circuit which faced its own challenges and hurdles but one that showed the world it can host an F1 event. The track is a hugely enjoyable one to drive on, and I think the race was a real hit with everyone involved.
Abu Dhabi next – how much did you enjoy racing there last season?
Well, Abu Dhabi and Brazil were probably my best two races last season, where I didn’t experience any problems. I know the Yas Marina Circuit well; the track clicked with me. I really took to driving there and I think it suited me well. I really do feel we could have a strong race weekend if we put everything together, despite the fact that our car does not seem to like slow corners that much. It is going to be a long race and I think some of the other teams have a little bit of an advantage, but we are going to be pushing and will do our utmost to stay ahead of our rivals.
You talked about high expectations going into India – how will you manage your expectations as you approach the penultimate race of the season?
Well, we need to be realistic but also put in a massive effort to extract the maximum possible from the weekend. In terms of managing our expectations, fortunately we always wait until Friday to know what to expect in terms of results, and we believe that we can do a good job again in Abu Dhabi. It is a very tight group; we need to get everything 100% right to be in front of them. We are at the business end of the season now and, make no mistake, we will be putting in every ounce of effort to secure some pride for the team.

Vitaly Petrov – “I want to end the season on a high”
Vitaly returns to Abu Dhabi, a circuit now synonymous with the Russian due to his ability to keep a certain Spaniard away from the reaches of the world title last season.
Now you’ve had some time to reflect, how was your first Indian Grand Prix?
It was certainly not an easy weekend for anyone. It was a new circuit, with new tarmac and corners which certainly were not very easy. It was difficult to find the right set-up, but we had a strong car. It took us a while to find the right balance, but we know this is never easy when venturing to a new track.
The car was pretty good and relatively fast in qualifying, but I made a mistake and didn’t get into Q3, which was poor. Add that to the five place penalty and I had it all to do on the Sunday. In the race we were quick; quick enough to finish in the top eight, but it did not happen for us. We left India very disappointed, as we scored no points. I think we will be much better prepared when we go there next season.
What do you think about the Abu Dhabi circuit?
Abu Dhabi has a good atmosphere. It is a good track with a lot of spectators – even Russians – who come to watch the race.
I do in fact quite like the track. It has smooth tarmac which might mean we start the weekend in slightly dirty conditions; we shall see how prevalent this is when we get to the track.
I am naturally inclined to say I don’t know if the circuit will suit our car. When we arrive and are able to observe how the tyres are working, we will know where we are placed relative to our rivals. I hope we show signs of speed, like we have at time during the past three races. The concern is we have not exploited the potential the car has shown at the crucial times. Of course, that is always the fine line between a successful outing on track or a less successful one. Overall, I am confident it can be a good race weekend.
Last year you memorably kept Fernando Alonso behind you even though he was fighting for the championship win – what are your memories of that battle?
That was last year, that’s history. Yes, it was a good race for me as I made no mistakes and drove really well. Combining that with the circuit layout meant that Fernando was unable to overtake me, even though his car was much quicker. It must have been very hard for him being stuck behind me for so long, but honestly it was not that difficult for me to keep him behind me. That sounds quite blasé I know!
What are your goals and targets for the final two races of the season?
To score more points in these last few races – that is my first target. We have shown that we have good pace in high speed corners. We know we struggle with low speed corners but if we can stay focussed, and put every ounce of effort into these last couple of weekends with no mistakes in qualifying or during pit stops, I think good results are attainable. I want to end the season on a high.

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GP2 Asia Series ROUND 2 // BAHRAIN has been canceled.

‘Following the current events in Bahrain, at the request of the Bahrain Motorsport Federation, it has been decided that the remainder of the meeting which was supposed to take place this week at Bahrain International Circuit is cancelled due to force majeure.’

No Rest for The wicked:

Back To The Track This week.

Following an eventful opener in Abu Dhabi last weekend,

the 2011 GP2 Asia Series resumes this week for Round 2

at Bahrain International Circuit on the 5.412 km layout.

The teams packed up quickly after the second race at

Yas Marina Circuit to be ready for more action in Sakhir,

with the practice session starting this Thursday at 11am.

Lotus ART’s Jules Bianchi arrives as the Series’ leader

two points ahead of fellow countryman Dams’ Romain

Grosjean. The two French drivers provided a good show

at Yas Marina Circuit, Grosjean snatching pole position

and Bianchi beating him at the lights in Race 1. Reigning

GP2 Asia Series Champion Davide Valsecchi remains

a strong contender to this season’s crown: scoring a

podium finish for his new team Team AirAsia, the Italian

showed good pace and consistency from the word

go. The Sprint race saw GP3 Series graduate Stefano

Coletti taking a superb lights to flag first GP2 win ahead

of Josef Kral and Marcus Ericsson.

In the teams’ standings, Lotus ART leads iSport

International and Dams. The British squad and reigning

Champions iSport could have been leading the Series

after Abu Dhabi Sprint Race had Sam Bird kept his

podium finish, but in the final laps, he unfortunately lost

control of his car and had to retire before the chequered

flag. However, his pace and experience puts him on

the men-to-beat list this week in Bahrain, along with

teammate Marcus Ericsson, Coletti and Kral at Arden.

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Abdulaziz on another mission to the top

Abu Dhabi. As Abu Dhabi prepares to decide another dramatic Formula One world title race on Sunday, one of the Arab world’s newest motor racing champions is aiming to make his own mark during an action-packed weekend at Yas Marina Circuit.

Saudi Arabia’s Prince  Abdulaziz Al Faisal is in a confident mood as he begins the defence of his title in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, although he anticipates pressure from a number of directions as the series enters its 2010-11 season.

He scored three of his nine victories in the 12-round championship in Abu Dhabi last season, and the No.1 on his brand new 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup car reflects not only his domination of the inaugural series, but where he wants to remain.

“I’m looking to win the title again, and I’ve prepared well for the new season so I have given myself every chance,” he said. “I’m sure it’s going to be more difficult this time though, as the other guys have done their homework and will be trying to put pressure on me.”

With Abu Dhabi’s Khaled Al Qubaisi and Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa both eager to make a winning start in Round 1 on Saturday afternoon, another threat to the reigning champion could come from much closer to home.

Saudi Fahad Algosaibi underlined his talent by becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of Porsche one-make racing at the age of 16 in Round 10 at Reem International Circuit, outside Riyadh, last season.

Beaten into second place that day, Prince Abdulaziz said of Algosaibi at the time: “It’s not bad to lose a race to someone like Fahad. He’s very talented and we’ll have to watch out for him next year.”

Also watching out for Algosaibi will be his father, Fawaz, who also returns to action in the Michelin and Mobil 1-sponsored series in another of the brand new Porsche GT3 Cup cars making their world competitive debuts in Abu Dhabi.

The opening rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East are the official support races for the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

GT3 Cup action gets under way with a practice session at 11:30am tomorrow (Friday). After a qualifying session starting at 12:45pm the following day, Round 1 gets under way at 3:25pm. Round 2 starts at 2:45pm on Sunday.

GP2 Series:

Turvey powers to pole in Abu Dhabi Englishman dominates qualifying session Oliver Turvey went one better from his fine performance in today’s practice by claiming pole position for the feature race in a dramatic qualifying session in Abu Dhabi ahead of Dani Clos and Sergio Perez. The Briton spent the whole session at the sharp end of the timing sheets, but a late lap of 1:48.559 couldn’t be bettered by his rivals, handing Turvey his first GP2 Series pole position by almost half a second. With temperatures soaring this afternoon following a quiet practice session and a sudden downpour of rain just afterwards, the drivers were immediately on the pace: Perez, Turvey and Jules Bianchi were fighting fiercely for the top spot from their first flying laps, alternating the quickest times between them as they circulated. Ten minutes in and Turvey was on top (by just 0.009s), at fifteen Bianchi led the way, and with temperatures starting to slide it was difficult to know what to expect from the second set of tyres. Luiz Razia answered that question by being the first man on track and promptly putting himself in P2, and when his rivals returned to the circuit warfare recommenced. With a few minutes remaining Perez went top, with Clos squeezing by a few seconds later, but Turvey laid down his marker and gave his rivals just three minutes to improve upon it: no one could get close, and it was all over as the chequered flag dropped. Behind the top three Fabio Leimer did a fantastic job to claim fourth on tomorrow’s grid, ahead of Davide Valsecchi, Bianchi, Razia, Giedo van der Garde, Romain Grosjean and Sam Bird, all of whom were within a second of pole: tomorrow’s race promises to be as scorching as the weather conditions.

Abu Dhabi – Qualifying Session Driver Team Time Laps 1. Oliver Turvey iSport International 1:48.559 13 2. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:49.035 13 3. Sergio Perez Barwa Addax Team 1:49.081 12 4. Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 1:49.148 13 5. Davide Valsecchi iSport International 1:49.307 13 6. Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 1:49.338 13 7. Luiz Razia Rapax 1:49.410 14 8. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:49.429 13 9. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:49.462 13 10. Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 1:49.624 13 11. Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 1:49.812 13 12. Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 1:49.890 12 13. Michael Herck DPR 1:50.160 12 14. Fabio Crestani DPR 1:50.239 12 15. Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1:50.362 14 16. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden International 1:50.549 12 17. Josef Kral Super Nova Racing 1:50.559 14 18. Brendon Hartley Scuderia Coloni 1:50.568 13 19. Charles Pic Arden International 1:50.569 10 20. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 1:50.719 12 21. Jerome d’Ambrosio Dams 1:50.730 12 22. James Jakes Scuderia Coloni 1:50.901 13 23. Ho-Pin Tung Racing Engineering 1:51.061 12 24. Federico Leo Trident Racing 1:52.170 13

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Abu Dhabi Track

Abu Dhabi: Work at the Yas Marina Circuit has gathered pace since the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) confirmed last month that the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 15, 2009 would be the season-ending finale to the Formula One calendar.

Philippe Gurdjian, Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management (ADMM) CEO, said: “I am very happy that the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the last race of the 2009 season. We continue to work day and night to create something which will be unique both for Formula One and for Abu Dhabi.”

Work began on the Yas Marina Circuit in February 2007 after the Grand Prix franchise was awarded to Abu Dhabi for a renewable seven year term until 2016.

With the present work force of 4,000 set to grow to a peak of 5,500 by the end of this year, the ADMM are confident the circuit will be finished in time for them to fully test the facilities prior to the Grand Prix.