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Italian 19-year-old Giovinazzi, the 2012 Formula Pilota China Champion, and 16-year-old Indonesian racer Gelael both signed to race with Double R in British Formula 3 prior to Christmas but will now turn their attentions to competing against the best young guns in Europe.

South American 19-year-old Calderón, the first woman to finish on the podium in the US-based Star Mazda Championship, completes Double R’s three car line-up. The Bogota-born driver arrives at the team off the back of a strong year in the European F3 Open, where she was ninth overall, and a promising run in the recently concluded New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series.

“We have raced on the Hankook tyres before, so we know what to expect where they’re concerned, and although there are some highly experienced drivers in European Formula 3 this year our three are very promising and could well spring some surprises. Testing so far has gone well; we’ve had some good running at Pembrey, so now we can’t wait for the season to get underway,” says Team Principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt.

Monza in Italy will host the opening event of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship on 23-24 March. British rounds will take place in April and May at Silverstone and Brands Hatch respectively


British Formula 3

Sainz psyches himself up for a strong Brands weekend

Carlos Sainz bounced back from the disappointments he endured at Rockingham earlier this month with a virtuoso display on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit today in final free practice ahead of the weekend’s rounds of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.

The 17-year-old Madrid-based Carlin driver topped both of the day’s test sessions, by a two-tenth margin this morning and an emphatic 0.47s this afternoon. Carlos lapped the 2.4-mile Kent circuit in a best time of 1m 17.257s, which is better than three-tenths inside last year’s pole position time.

Sainz lost the lead of the championship at Rockingham and will be seeking this weekend to narrow the 20-point gap between himself and the man who took over on top, his Malaysian team-mate Jazeman Jaafar, who was fifth quickest today.

It was another Carlin driver, Harry Tincknell, who ran Sainz closest. The Devon man – who won his first race of 2012 at Rockingham – was one of four men under the 1m 18s mark at Brands today, a fraction ahead of Jack Harvey and the leading Fortec Motorsport runner, Felix Serralles.

Carlin’s Pietro Fantin missed much of the first session after an off into a gravel trap; the Brazilian bounced back to set seventh-best time, a second off Sainz’s pace, in session two however.

Also in the wars was National class points leader Spike Goddard, who knocked a front wheel off his T-Sport Dallara towards the end of the second session as he tried to match the pace of class returnee Adderly Fong. CF Racing’s Chinese driver ended the day ahead of the Australian by six-tenths of a second.

F1Weekly podcast # 573

F1weekly podcast number 573

With special Interview British F3 driver Felix Serralles

Felix Serralles began his racing career in karting at the age of ten and was runner-up in the Caribbean Championship in both 2004 and 2005.

After winning a scholarship in 2009 Skip Barber Shootout, Serralles become a Mazdaspeed Development Driver and had a season in Skip Barber National Championship, where he finished third with two wins.

In 2010, Serralles decided to race in Europe, taking part in the Formula Renault UK Winter Cup for Fortec Motorsport as a guest driver. Serralles continued his collaboration with Fortec into 2011 and the Formula Renault Eurocup, scoring eight points-scoring finishes on his way to twelfth place in the series standings. He also appeared in Formula Renault UK in twelve of the season’s twenty races as a guest driver and the Formula Renault UK Finals Series, where he claimed two podiums and finished eighth overall.

Serralles contested the Toyota Racing Series in January and February 2012 with Giles Motorsport, finishing ninth in the championship with a win at the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting at Manfield.

On 4 January 2012, it was announced that Serralles had rejoined Fortec Motorsports for a season in the British Formula Three Championship. At the opening round of the season at Oulton Park, Serralles qualified on the front row for the third race of the meeting, and after beating Carlin’s Jack Harvey off the grid, Serralles held his own in the lead and eventually claimed victory, becoming the first Puerto Rican to win in the series. He added a second victory a week later at Monza, winning the second race of the meeting in torrential rain.


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Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Saintly Sainz slithers his way to victory & series lead at Monza

Carlos Sainz is celebrating his maiden Cooper Tires British Formula 3 race win this afternoon after putting in an impressive display in treacherous driving conditions at a rain-hit Monza. Carlin driver Sainz gained the upper hand from the outset and quickly built a useful lead over his pursuers; his closest rival, Fortec’s Pipo Derani, was almost 10 seconds behind at the line. Sainz moves into the championship lead by a single point.

The race start was one of the most unusual seen in British F3: a slight drizzle became heavier as the cars waited on the grid and race officials declared a wet race. At the end of the green flag lap the entire field streamed into the pits for a change to grooved tyres, and the starting order was effectively settled by the speed at which the technicians completed their task.

Sainz was first in the queue at pit exit and profited most; behind him in line astern were Fahmi Ilyas, Pietro Fantin, Spike Goddard and Nick McBride. Poor Felix Serralles, who should have started the race from pole position thanks to his sterling qualifying efforts, got away only 10th.

Sainz completed the first lap 1.3s clear of Ilyas’ Double R racer, and by lap four had built a 4.3s lead over the Malaysian. Fahmi slipped to fourth next time around and lost places for the rest of the race as he struggled to find grip.

Pipo Derani left the pits in P8 and drove a storming opening lap to rise to fifth. Fortec’s Brazilian picked off McBride on lap two and Fantin for third in consecutive laps, and then saw off Ilyas on his fifth tour. By this time, however, Sainz was 4.8s clear and looking unlikely – mistakes excepted – to be catchable.

Carlos did make one error, losing half a second of his lead with an 11th-lap error, but recouped it all on his next lap. “It feels great to win at Monza, it’s very special,” said Carlos. “Half of this win is for the guys; they did a superb job for me in the pits. In the race, I think we all were making mistakes, because it is really hard here with cold tyres and braking as late as possible. It was all about who made the least mistakes. I made a couple.”

Jazeman Jaafar got away from the pits seventh and drove well to battle through to fourth by lap six. Next time around he stole third from Fantin, and the Carlin man was pleased with his resulting podium finish: “These are good points for me,” he said. “I was seventh and I had to pass a few cars to get there, and I also got a knock from someone but managed to save it.”

Hannes van Asseldonk placed fourth for Fortec, with Jack Harvey salvaging fifth after being one of the slowest away from the pits – not the slowest, because that disadvantage was handed to Geoff Uhrhane, whose Double R technicians had to overcome a stuck rear wheel.

Alex Lynn survived a scary trip through the gravel trap on lap six, which left him 10th, to claw his way back to sixth by the finish, ahead of Fantin, McBride and Ilyas. Serralles was a disappointed 10th, but did at least get the satisfaction of seeing victor Sainz pull the number 10 from the grid lottery on the podium, which means Felix will have another chance to go from pole in tomorrow’s race two.

Uhrhane was the final finisher of the International runners, with Harry Tincknell ending his race in the gravel after damaging his suspension on a kerb.

The National class battle was close throughout between Australians Spike Goddard (T-Sport) and Duvashen Padayachee (Double R). Goddard led all the way to the final lap, during which Padayachee got ahead before the pair clashed as Spike repassed. Padayachee clouted the barriers with Goddard able to continue to the flag for his fourth consecutive class win. “Coming out of the second chicane I moved out to pass and he tried to come across and he clipped my front left wheel,” said Spike.


Points leader Jason Plato will line up in pole position on the grid for the first of tomorrow’s three Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races at Donington Park.

Photo: BTCCMedia

Plato’s new MG KX Momentum Racing MG6 set the fastest lap early in this afternoon’s qualifying session before rain thwarted his rivals’ chances on the swooping Leicestershire track.

It was the 36th pole of Plato’s illustrious career – achieved, significantly, in a car carrying maximum success ballast – and the former double Champion from Oxford was ecstatic.

“This is one of the most satisfying of all,” he enthused. “We knew the rain was coming so popped in a fast lap early on, but what a result for the team and this car. It is still very new to racing but we got a win out of it on its debut at Brands Hatch and it just gets better and better.”

Fife’s Gordon Shedden will start alongside Plato from second on tomorrow’s grid – his best lap in his Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic was just 0.054s adrift of Plato’s pole time. His Honda team-mate Matt Neal, the reigning Champion from Worcestershire, was third.
Shedden commented: “I had a few hairy moments out there – that is the maximum I could achieve with the car. But I’m on the front row so can’t complain too much given the problems I had at Brands Hatch.”
Neal added: “Even though my car has slightly less ballast than Jason’s the gap to him is still three tenths of a second. We have no more left in the tank. We need Jason to make a mistake tomorrow and he doesn’t make many of those.”

Another Honda driver, independent Andrew Jordan – one of the local favourites from Lichfield – was fourth in his Pirtek Racing Civic. He was one of the few drivers to improve his position as the track started to dry slightly in the session’s closing stages – another was Robert Collard who moved up to fifth in his eBay Motors BMW at the expense of Warwickshire ace Mat Jackson’s Redstone Racing Ford Focus ST.

F1Weekly podcast # 553

High Hopes from the Highlands

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From Golspie to Grand Prix next season is the goal of Mister Lewis Williamson. The young Scottish talent is interviewed on a special edition of F1Weekly podcast # 553.

Williamson – from the land of Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart – has been on a fast track to success from his early days in karting. Blessed with immense natural talent and a good head on his shoulders, Williamson won numerous Scottish and British karting titles.

His first foray in single-seaters was equally impressive and successful, winning on debut from pole against a strong field of 24 Formula Jedi cars.

In the 2010 Formula Renault Championship Williamson scored five wins – highlight of which was winning both rounds on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit – five poles and recorded four fastest laps. He was edged out only in the final race of the season for the championship.

The best was yet to come.

Williamson won the demanding and very prestigious 2010 McLaren BRDC Autosport Award, and with it a drive in his namesake’s 2008 British Grand Prix winning car.

Scotland The Brave & Very Quick

Just what the Doctor ordered

Then came the phone call, according to Williamson, “from a foreign number.” On the line laying out a prescription for success and support was Dr. Helmut Marko.

The Red Bull Young Driver Development Program has catapulted the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Jean-Eric Vergne into Formula 1. Their German wunderkind has already won two championships. “JEV” looks set to become the first French world champion after the “Professor.”

Williamson is well aware of the demands of Red Bull but is already delivering on the track for them. In the ultra-competitive GP3 Series last year he finished 8th with a win, a pole and three podium finishes.

Photo. GP3 Series Media

The glorious past and future of Scottish motor racing. Sir Stewart with Sir Speedy.

For the 2012 season, Williamson stays with Christian Horner-owned Arden team but moves up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Both Daniel Ricciardo and Vergne came to Formula 1 from this championship on the wings of Red Bull.

Williamson’s winning ways will also land him at the top echelon of motor racing in the near future.

For more information on his career please visit www.lewiswilliamson.com


— Nasir Hameed


Motorsports Mondial

Magnussen Moment

The second coming of Roskilde Rocket at Oulton Park, above, in a Peter Brazier photo

The Magnussen name is magic in British Formula 3 racing. Papa Jan dominated the championship in 1994; winning six of the first eight races and finishing the season as champion with 14 victories from 18 races.

Fast forward to the 2011 Championship race on Saturday at Snetterton. His son Kevin took his first win in the same series.

Like father, like son. The younger Magnussen – born in Roskilde on October 5, 1992 – is also in the McLaren camp. While father made his F1 debut with the Woking team in the 1995 Pacific Grand Prix at Aida, Japan, Kevin is now part of McLaren Driver Development programme.

Photo. Peter Brazier

Kevin’s motor racing career blasted off with 11 wins from 15 races to win the 2008 Danish Formula Ford Championship. The following season he stepped up to Formula Renault 2.0 NEC – North European Countries – and was second in the championship with 12 podiums from 14 races which included a solitary win.

Last year Kevin was third in the German Formula 3 Championship; scoring three wins and eight podium finishes from 18 starts. He also won a race in his only appearance in the more competitive Formula 3 Euro Series round in Valencia.

—  Nasir Hameed

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