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Alex Lynn flies to maiden pole in Barcelona
 Carlin’s Alex Lynn starts the GP3 season in style in Spain
An enthralling GP3 qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya saw rookie Alex Lynn achieve his maiden pole position in Round 1 of the 2014 Series. ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer will join the Brit on the front row. Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) will start from third.
The thirty minute qualifying session got underway with a track temperature of 21 degrees. The 27 drivers fed onto the track, eager to see who could secure the first points on offer with four points for the coveted pole position. Dino Zamparelli (ART Grand Prix) and Jimmy Eriksson were first to exit the pitlane. Following the installation laps, it was Zamparelli who was first to lap in the 1m36’s, until Eriksson and Alex Fontana bettered his time.
Kirchhöfer shot into P1, a position he held the majority of the session, the German rookie showing his pace to the rest of the pack but it was the Swede, Eriksson, who was first into the 1m35’s. The ART Grand Prix driver was back on it after lighting the timing screens purple and reclaimed back P1.
Stanaway flew up the order to P2 as the clock ticked down but it was Red Bull Junior team’s Lynn who set the quickest time of the session in a 1:35.614. Kirchhöfer did all he could to improve on the Brit’s time but had to be content with second fastest. There was a small spin for Dean Stoneman (Marussia Manor Racing) at the close of the session which was covered by yellow flags, whilst Patric Niederhauser (Arden International) stopped on track.
At the chequered flag, it was Lynn who topped the timings and earned four points for his efforts. Kirchhofer, Stanaway, Eriksson, Patrick Kujala, Zamparelli, Emil Bernstorff, Fontana, Pal Varhaug and Matheo Tuscher completed the top ten.
The opening race of the season will commence later today at 17.20 local time – find out who will become the first winner of the 2014 GP3 Series season!
Alex Lynn
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
Emil Bernstorff
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
Matheo Tushcer
Jenzer Motorsport
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
Roman De Beer
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
Victor Carbone
Nelson Mason*
Hilmer Motorsport
Luis Sa Silva
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
Beitske Visser
Hilmer Motorsport
Ivan Taranov
Hilmer Motorsport
Denis Nagulin
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
*3 place grid penalty for technical infringement in Free Practice

Macau Grand Prix

Alex Lynn


British driver Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) won in the prestigious Macau GP and celebrated the most important success of his career to date in the former Portuguese colony. At the 6.12 kilometres long Circuito da Guia, the third-placed of this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship finished ahead of António Félix da Costa (Carlin), last year’s winner at Macau, who came second. Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), who also raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year, finished third. 

At the start, Alex Lynn took the lead from pole position. Still on the opening lap, Felix Rosenqvist (GR Asia with Mücke) retired following a collision. Lucas Auer (Theodore Racing with Prema), Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) and John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) suffered from a similar fate. The incidents led to a safety car phase.

At the restart, Lynn was able to maintain his leading position, while António Félix da Costa managed to overtake Luis Felipe Derani in the battle for second. On lap seven, Raffaele Marciello (D88.com Prema Powerteam) also worked his way past Derani, but slid into the barriers following a driving error three laps later. For the reigning FIA Formula 3 European Champion, this was the end to his race. Derani found himself back in third place behind Lynn and Félix da Costa again and went on to bring this result home.

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) finished fourth, scoring his best result at Macau to date. Jordan King (Carlin) took the chequered flag in fifth place as the best rookie at Macau. Tom Blomqvist (Fortec Motorsports, 8th place) and Nicholas Latifi (Carlin, 9th place) also finished in the top ten in the Chinese gambling paradise. All four junior drivers raced in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. 

Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) 
“I still can’t find the worlds to describe how nice it is to win here. This is a long-time dream of mine coming true. In 2012, I came third here and I definitely wanted to do better this time. I managed to do so and I am totally happy. Especially the fact that I was able to race in the colours of Theodore Racing, a team with such a long-standing history, in the 60th running of the race, is making me proud. In the first half of the race, I was able to pull a decent gap from the rest of the field, but as António came closer and closer in the final stages, I just said: stand on it…”

Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports)
“For me, the race was great fun, but it was also very tough. I was racing with used tyres and keeping up with the others was difficult. I am really happy with my podium finish. I definitely wanted to do better than my sixth-place finish from last year.”

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“All in all, my race was good. In the first half, we still were having a few technical issues and I thought that we wouldn’t be able to finish the race by any means. Towards the end, I was able to attack once more and my lap times were really good. On one hand, it is really a shame that we didn’t make it onto the podium. On the other hand, I am really happy with my best Macau result to date.”

Macau Grand Prix

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 4, Brands Hatch (GB)


Alex Lynn will start the 2013 running of the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix from pole position after comfortably winning Saturday’s 10-lap Qualification Race.

The Briton started the race from third on the grid, but wasted no time hitting the front, barging into the lead on the way to Lisboa on the first lap. But his time at the front was initially short-lived, the Theodore Racing by Prema driver running wide at Lisboa, surrendering the lead to Felix Rosenqvist. 

The lead changed hands again following an early safety car period – which was caused when Harry Tincknell collected a stalled Tom Blomqvist at the start – with Lynn slip-streaming past Rosenqvist’s GR Asia with Mücke entry on the way down to Lisboa, this time making the move stick.

Once in front, Lynn put the hammer down, a series of quick laps leaving him a comfortable winner, 2.411s clear of Rosenqvist at the finish. 

“I think the main positive is that the car felt really nice,” Lynn said. “I made a pretty good start, my restart was good, and in terms of the qualification race it’s good. The Grand Prix is another thing.” 

Raffaele Marciello, who started the Qualification Race from pole position, was left to rue a poor start, which left him buried in the field. But the Prema Powerteam driver systematically worked his way through the field, finishing the race in touch with Rosenqvist. He will be joined on the second row by Carlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa, who finished fourth ahead of Pipo Derani (Fortec Motorsport) and Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport). 

Lynn’s team-mate Lucas Auer was the unluckiest of the front-runners, hitting the barrier hard at San Francisco Bend right after the re-start, retiring from the race immediately.


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 4, Brands Hatch (GB)

Three pole positions for local hero Alex Lynn…

At Brands Hatch, with 1.929 kilometres the shortest track on the calendar of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) was unbeatable in both qualifyings. The 19-year-old Brit, who is only living 30 minutes down the road from Brands Hatch, claimed all three pole positions. His team-mate Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), the current points’ leader in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, will be starting next to him from the front row of the grid into all the three races.

Due to the large field, there were two qualifying groups, with two qualifying sessions for each group. The outright fastest driver of the two groups is starting from pole position, with the drivers of his group lining up behind him according to the relevant qualifying result. The drivers of the other group are starting on the other side of the starting grid behind their fastest driver. 

Starting grid for race 1
In the group of the odd starting numbers, a duel for the top position emerged halfway through the 20 minutes’ session, involving Sven Müller (ma-con, 0:41.395 minutes) and Harry Tincknell (Carlin, 0:41.425 minutes). The two youngsters inspired each other to ever-faster lap times and at that time were significantly faster than the other drivers. Soon after that, Raffaele Marciello (0:41.310 minutes) started his attacks on the front-runners and moved up into the lead with six minutes remaining. Müller remained second from Tincknell, Michael Lewis (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 0:41.704 minutes), Jann Mardenborough (Carlin, 0:41.731 minutes) and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam, 0:41.756 minutes). 

In the group of the even starting numbers, Alex Lynn (0:41.098 minutes) came out on top, having moved up into first place eight minutes before the end following a duel with Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational, 0:41.267 minutes) and having defended this position until the end. He was followed by Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 0:41.147 minutes), Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 0:41.182 minutes) and the three Brits Tom Blomqvist, Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports, 0:41.367 minutes) and Jordan King (Carlin, 0:41.458 minutes). Thus, four Brits managed to qualify in the top six of this group for their home round.

Lynn will be starting the first race from pole position, because his lap time was faster than Marciello’s.

Starting grid for race 2
In the ranking of the second-fastest laps, Marciello (0:41.367 minutes) also claimed the top position in his group. The following positions were taken by Sven Müller (0:41.477 minutes), Harry Tincknell (0:41.486 minutes), Michael Lewis (0:41.725 minutes), Jann Mardenborough (0:41.777 minutes) and Eddie Cheever (0:41.799 minutes). Alex Lynn dominated group B. With a fastest time of 0:41.189 minutes, the Brit secured himself first place, followed by Lucas Auer (0:41.224 minutes), Felix Rosenqvist (0:41.247 minutes), Tom Blomqvist (0:41.282 minutes) and rookie driver Josh Hill (0:41.374 minutes), plus William Buller (ThreeBond with T-Sport, 0:41.505 minutes).

Starting grid for race 3
In second qualifying, Marciello (0:40.846 minutes) also was the benchmark in his group and claimed first place with a margin of 0.206 seconds. Harry Tincknell (0:41.052 minutes) had to make do with second place in his second home race of this year, followed by a strong Måns Grenhagen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 0:41.245 minutes) and Sven Müller (0:41.247 minutes), who confirmed his performance from first qualifying. At the start of the session, Müller was on top, but then dropped back to fourth. Jann Mardenborough (0:41.285 minutes) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing, 0:41.322 minutes) were fifth and sixth in group A. After an accident by Michael Lewis with 1:40 minutes remaining, the session was red-flagged and did not resume. The American was taken to the medical centre for a routine check. 

After a break, the second group – all drivers with even starting numbers – took up their second qualifying. Alex Lynn (0:41.845 minutes) moved up at the start of the second half and was able to gradually improve his lap time. Eventually, he ended up with a fastest lap time of 0:41.845 minutes, one thousandth of a second faster than Marciello had been in group A. Thus, Lynn secured himself his third pole position of the weekend. Lucas Auer (0:40.970 minutes) secured second place in this group from Felix Rosenqvist (0:40.982 minutes), Jordan King (0:41.206 minutes), Josh Hill (0:41.257 minutes) and Tom Blomqvist (0:41.260 minutes).

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam)
“The car was simply fantastic. My team really has done everything and after the good free practice, we were fully confident for qualifying. Having claimed three pole positions is just great. I couldn’t have been in a better situation for my home round. We are confident that we can score some valuable points in the three races.”


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, race 3, Silverstone (GB)

Third season win for Raffaele Marciello…

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) travelled home from Silverstone in the UK with victory in the sixth season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship under his belt. At the 5.891 kilometres long Formula 1 track, the Italian beat Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) in a thrilling battle. The Swede came home second, Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) crossed the finish line in third place. With his third victory of the season, Marciello extended his lead in the drivers’ standings to 36.5 points, Rosenqvist is second.

At the start, Felix Rosenqvist stormed into the lead, followed by Alex Lynn and Raffaele Marciello. Some drivers slid off the damp track, which was the reason for the safety car to be deployed for a while. Racing resumed at the start of lap five and on the first kilometres already, Marciello overtook his team-mate Lynn. A few laps later, the Italian had also closed the gap to race leader Rosenqvist and started a close battle with the Mücke driver over several laps. After a few unsuccessful attempts, the protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy finally managed to overtake the Swede on lap 15.

There was plenty of action behind the two front runners. British driver William Buller (ThreeBond with T-Sport) had to defend his position almost for the entire duration of the race: in the opening stages against Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport), who did particularly well in the early phase of the race, and then for a long time against his compatriot Jordan King (Carlin). Buller, one of only two drivers in the field to use the ThreeBond Nissan engine, eventually took the chequered flag in fifth place behind Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports). Wolf, on the other hand, dropped back further and further down the order with his rain tyres as the track dried out in the second half of the race and finished 17th.

Classified sixth after 16 laps, Formula 3 novice Jordan King was the third-best Brit behind Alex Lynn and William Buller. Behind him, Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) overtook the fourth-best Brit Jann Mardenborough (Carlin) on the final lap to finish seventh. Harry Tincknell (Carlin) and Nicholas Latifi (Carlin) rounded out the top ten.

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“I was third at the start, but I was able to overtake Alex soon after the safety car phase to move up into second place. Then, I tried to close up to Felix, which I did. The battle for victory with him was tough and overtaking him wasn’t easy. Only when he made a mistake, I was able to get past.”

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“Raffaele put me under massive pressure and I tried to do everything to bring first place home. I had the impression that I was faster at a damp track, but the more it dried out, the better Raffaele got. With two laps remaining, I made a slight mistake and I lost the lead.”

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam)
“To be honest, I am disappointed, because when starting from pole, you want more than third place. Raffaele, Felix and I were clearly faster than the rest of the field, but unfortulately, I was slightly slower than Raffaele and Felix.”


F3 at Monza


While the first of the two scheduled days of testing for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship teams and drivers had to be scheduled due to the adverse weather conditions, the 30 drivers finally could go out today to complete their testing programmes. The fastest driver at the tradition-rich 5.793-kilometre circuit located not far from Milan was William Buller (ThreeBond with T-Sport, 1:45.345 minutes), with Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam, 1:45.611 minutes) and Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam, 1:45.714 minutes) finishing second and third respectively.

At the beginning of the second day of testing, however, the teams and drivers once again had to wait in the garages as the track turned out to be a glassy skating rink when the light at the pit-lane exit was supposed to be switched green. Only around 11:00hrs, the sun had warmed the track to an extent that the final day of testing prior to the season kick-off could begin.

William Buller secured the position on the top of the time sheets only in the closing minutes of the test that had been extended by an hour. “This was a good day,” the Briton said afterwards. “Monza has got a completely different layout than Barcelona and nonetheless, I was quick at both circuits. We did a good job today and as I see it, things look rather promising, for the weekend.” Alex Lynn, the second-fastest of the tests, also was happy with his achievements. “We mainly focused on setting the car up for this track. The fact that we were among the quickest, nevertheless, is really nice. The approach of the squad demonstrates that Prema Powerteam has got a lot of experience.” Close behind the Briton, his team-mate Raffaele Marciello finished third, followed by Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational, 1:45.764 minutes) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing, 1:45.789). Italian Giovinazzi was delighted with having made it to the top five. “I know Monza well and like the circuit a lot. I truly look forward to the race weekend and think that a home race at the beginning of the season can be an extra boost.”

Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports, 1:45.869 minutes) impressed by setting the fastest lap time of the morning session. At the end of the day, however, the Brazilian had to settle for finishing sixth. “In the opening stages of the morning session, the conditions still were difficult and I took it easy,” he revealed. “But when the track dried more and more, I really went for. It’s nice to have secured one of the top positions but we still have a lot of work to do. It’s a pity that the first day of testing had to be cancelled due to the bad weather.”

Harry Tincknell (Carlin, 1:45.895 minutes), Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 1:45.994), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports, 1:46.026) and Måns Grenhagen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:46.030) completed the top 10. Now, the young drivers and their teams will spend two days off at Monza before the Formula 3 European Championship season will be kicked off from Friday to Sunday at the same venue.