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Sainz wis at Monza 2014


Carlos Sainz (DAMS) took his first win in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Unlucky yesterday, the Red Bull Junior Team driver answered by dominating qualifying and the race on the Autodromo di Monza. He won ahead of Marlon Stöckinger (Lotus) and Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports) and is now tied for the championship lead with Will Stevens (Strakka Racing) and Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport).

Following a technical incident that prevented him from demonstrating his speed during race 1, Carlos Sainz was back in dominating form on Sunday morning. After a contested first run, the Spaniard trounced the competition in the waning minutes of the session. His lap time of 1’32’’684 guaranteed the pole with a margin of 7/10ths of a second from Marlon Stöckinger. Jazeman Jaafar (ISR) and William Buller (Arden Motorsport) qualified on row two.

At the start of the formation lap, the car of Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) remained blocked on the starting grid. When the lights went out, Carlos Sainz put in a perfect launch to quickly pull away from the rest of the field led by Marlon Stöckinger, Sergey Sirotkin and Luca Ghiotto (International Draco Racing), who started seventh and ninth. Jazeman Jaafar (ISR) had the worst start, dropping to seventh place.

With a string of fastest laps, Carlos Sainz progressively increased his lead from his pursuers. The battles for position where further down the order. Pierre Gasly and Jazeman Jaafar battled for fifth place, while Nikolay Martsenko (Comtec Racing) passed several cars to move into the top 10.

At the end of a race in which he was fully in control, Carlos Sainz won going away. Marlon Stöckinger and Sergey Sirotkin joined him on the podium, followed by Luca Ghiotto and Pierre Gasly, the top rookies of the day. Nikolay Martsenko overtook Jazeman Jaafar on the final lap for sixth place. Pietro Fantin (International Draco Racing) and Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) crossed the line ahead of Oliver Rowland, who picked up the one point for tenth place after having started the race from pit lane.


Carlos Sainz: ”It has been a really good weekend. From the first laps in practice, I was confident with the car. Unfortunately, yesterday has been a lot of points thrown out, but these things happen in motor racing. I dominated all the sessions and I can’t thank the team enough for their work and dedication. We will not stop to work to get the points back.”

Marlon Stöckinger: ”The team did a really great job because I was really on pace all weekend. We knew we were competitive and we finally demonstrated all the work we did during winter testing. Congrats to the whole team for their support.”

Sergey Sirotkin: ”This podium brings to an end to what was a difficult weekend for the team. We didn’t stop looking to solve the problem and this allowed me to be closer to the front today. The key was the start, when I immediately moved up to third place before settling in to concentrate on my race.”


Sainz achieves maiden pole in Spa-Francorchamps

Sainz achieves maiden pole in Spa-Francorchamps—
MW Arden secure front row lockout with Sainz and Kvyat in Belgium—
There was a massive smile on the face of Spaniard Carlos Sainz who delivered in qualifying today with his debut pole in the Series. MW Arden teammate Daniil Kvyat will start alongside him on the front row with ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey on the second row in third. Kvyat and Harvey lapped identical times but the Russian driver will start second after setting his time earlier.
The 30 minute qualifying session commenced in overcast conditions with track temperatures of 20 degrees. The 27 drivers made their way onto the 7.004km circuit ready for battle, eager to pocket four points for the coveted pole position.
Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to dip into the 2m05’s with his fresh set of tyres until Harvey shot to the top of the standings by a mere 0.014s. At the midway point of the session, the drivers returned to the pitlane for new Pirelli rubber and it was the ART Grand Prix duo of Conor Daly and Facu Regalia who headed the timings.
Korjus reclaimed his place back at the top of the timesheets until Kvyat recorded a flier, the first time in the 2m04’s to take provisional pole by fourth tenths. However, Sainz was busy lighting up the timing screen in purple, fastest in sector two and three and claimed pole position by over half a second with three minutes remaining.
Daly rose to P2 until Kvyat demoted the American to make it an MW Arden one-two in qualifying. At the chequered flag Harvey grabbed P3 ahead of Daly, Series leader Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing), Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Korjus, Regalia and Trident’s David Fumanelli.
Rain is forecast for Race 1 later today which starts at 17.20 local time, it promises to be a memorable encounter on this legendary circuit in the Ardennes as the fight for the GP3 crown continues!
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Carlos Saninz jr estoril 2013


MW Arden rookie Carlos Sainz Jnr fastest in first pre-season GP3 test
Carlos Sainz Jr made it two out of two after posting the best laptime for the second day in succession with David Fumanelli (Trident) who was fastest in the morning session. It was another trouble-free day with the GP3/13 car with 833 laps covered in Estoril by the full grid of 27 drivers.
After a very successful opening day of testing with the second generation car, day two of the pre-season test at Circuito Estoril got underway on a wet track after heavy rain early in the morning. Strong winds made for difficult conditions as the drivers continued to learn about the new machine.
Koiranen GP’s duo Aaro Vainio and Kevin Korjus were first to set the pace until fastest man from yesterday morning, Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) topped the timesheets. There were several brief interruptions with red flags after spins for Ethan Ringel (Bamboo Engineering), Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Jimmy Eriksson (Status Grand Prix) and Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP) as they dealt with the slippery track.
With an hour remaining of the morning session, the track began to dry as the drivers ventured onto slicks. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly went P1, with plenty of action occurring as the Jenzer Motorsport pairing of Patric Niederhauser and Alex Fontana clocked first and second on the timings. The final five minutes saw Fumanelli steal the show with a best laptime of 1:29.428. At the close of the morning test the top ten finished as Fumanelli, Niederhauser, Fontana, Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Vainio, Ellinas, Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix), Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) and Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix).
The sun shined upon the Estoril track for the afternoon session as the winds got up, with Koiranen GP’s Korjus heading the times from Ellinas and Giovanni Venturini (Trident) after one hour. There were two changes to the afternoon line-up with Melville McKee taking over from Adderly Fong at Status Grand Prix and Ryan Cullen replacing Lewis Williamson in the Bamboo Engineering car.
At the midway point Ellinas reclaimed the top of the standings, as the rain clouds began menacingly moving in. With thirty minutes remaining Daly rose to P1 a tenth quicker than the Cypriot before the session had a short halt to proceedings when Samin Gomez (Jenzer Motorsport) spun. Fifteen minutes to go and it was Sainz Jr who rose to the top four tenths faster than the American with a 1:27.6 whilst Venturini and Ellinas moved up demoting Daly to fourth. At the chequered flag it was Sainz Jr, Venturini, Ellinas, Daly, Kvyat, Korjus, Fontana, Fumanelli, Harvey and Regalia.

F3 Euro Series

This weekend in Spain, the Formula 3 Euro Series young-guns are entering the home straight of their 2012 season. At Valencia, they will contest the 19th, 20th and 21st race of the year, with the season finale at Hockenheim following on 19th to 21st October. Championship leader Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) travels to the 4.005-kilometre circuit Ricardo Tormo with 187 points on his tally while second-placed Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport), the best rookie of the season, follows 25 points behind. Meanwhile, local hero Carlos Sainz (Carlin) also set himself the goal to shine in front of his home crowd.

In 2011, Juncadella secured two podiums at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. And his squad, the Prema Powerteam, also has fond memories of last year’s Valencia weekend. After all, their driver Roberto Merhi, who races in DTM, today, secured the 2011 Euro Series title early, in Spain. A feat that could be repeated by Juncadella. But doing so definitely won’t be a walk in the park for the championship leader as his toughest rival in the battle for the title, Pascal Wehrlein, also travels to Valencia in a confident mood. In the first pre-season tests that also were held at the Spanish metropolis, he impressed by outpacing Juncadella and making it to the top-three on both days.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “I’m looking forward the Formula 3 Euro Series weekend in my native country. My hometown, Barcelona, is not far from Valencia and so, some of my friends are going to support me on site. As overtaking is virtually impossible, on this racetrack, securing a good grid position in the qualifying session will be of particular importance, here. In the races, I will avoid any major risk but focus on scoring as many points as possible, instead. I don’t even think about securing the Euro Series title early but I’m determined to get my self in a good and promising position for the season finale at Hockenheim.”

British F3

Snetterton wins for Tincknell and rainmaster Sainz…

Harry Tincknell and Carlos Sainz claimed the race wins at Snetterton today to give the Carlin team a clean sweep of victories in the Snetterton weekend of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series. Saturday victor Jack Harvey meanwhile took a fourth and third place today to maintain the championship lead he regained yesterday.

In the National class, Adderly Fong triumphed twice more to give the CF Racing team a hat-trick of Snetterton class wins.

Round 22
Harry Tincknell racked up his third sprint-race win of the season this morning, the Carlin driver leading from pole position to chequered flag to score a three-second victory over his team-mate Jazeman Jaafar.

After a dire first Snetterton race yesterday, in which he finished 12th after a puncture, Tincknell was handed a lifeline in the reverse-grid draw and exploited the opportunity to the full with an impeccable start ahead of the National class cars of Duvashen Padayachee and Spike Goddard.

Jaafar, who started sixth, made short work of the National runners to move into second place on the second lap. But by this stage Tincknell was 3.6s ahead and only a mistake from Harry would offer any opportunity to his Malaysian pursuer. None came.

“I knew I had to get a really good start; I did that, and once I was out in front it was fairly straightforward to be honest,” said Exeter-based Tincknell. “I drove really consistently but I didn’t really have to push too hard. It was all just about being consistent and bringing it home.”

Title bidder Jaafar was eager for points after a disappointing first-race run. In addition to those he scored for second place, he took the extra point for fastest race lap. “I didn’t want Harry to get away too much, but he did,” said Jazeman. “That didn’t stop me from pushing, getting fastest laps. Each point is very important to me because I lost a lot yesterday.”

Third place was held by four different drivers, with T-Sport man Goddard holding on to it for four laps after being passed by Jaafar. But Spike was called to the pits for a drive-through penalty for an out-of-position start and Adderly Fong took up the running in his National class CF Racing machine.

Behind the Chinese driver there was a gaggle of impatient International class men, headed by T-Sport driver Nick McBride. The stopper came out of the bottle two laps from the end, Fong slipping from third to eighth in the space of a single lap.

McBride’s podium was his first in British F3 and the first for the Nissan-Tomei power unit. “I got stuck behind Adderly and was amazed by the amount of understeer you get when you are that close behind,” said the Australian. “I was getting quite worried because there was a big hungry pack behind. I was just trying to keep my head and not do anything stupid.”

A 12th-place grid slot gave Saturday winner and championship leader Jack Harvey a big task, but the Lincolnshire lad rose to it, climbing to seventh on the opening lap. He picked off three more by the end to secure fourth at the line. “That’s all right,” said Jack. “I had a bit of problem at the start with the handbrake system, so it was a good result I think.”

Fortec’s Alex Lynn followed Harvey home for fifth, ahead of his team-mates Felix Serralles and Pipo Derani. Fortec’s fourth man, Hannes van Asseldonk, was delayed by a puncture after contact on the opening lap.

Pietro Fantin was eighth for Carlin and Fong ninth overall to claim another convincing National class win, ahead of Double R’s Geoff Uhrhane and Carlos Sainz, who had started from the back after his Saturday race retirement.

T-Sport’s Pedro Pablo Calbimonte headed home Duvashen Padayachee and Goddard for second in the National class.

Round 23
Just as at Spa-Francorchamps a week ago, a wet track provided the ideal platform for Carlos Sainz to shine at Snetterton this afternoon, the 17-year-old Spanish driver collecting his fifth win of the season.

Sainz, who started from second on the grid behind pole man Harvey, took control of the race at the start, leading into Riches after making a better getaway than the championship leader. By the end of the opening lap Red Bull Junior Team driver Sainz was 1.4s clear of his closest rival and that was as close as anyone would get to the Carlin man for the duration.

Harvey slipped to third behind his chief title rival, Fortec’s Felix Serralles, on the opening lap and a frustrated Jack was unable to live with the leaders’ pace, even though he did salvage a point for fastest lap on the penultimate lap. Harvey holds on to the championship lead he regained from Serralles with his Saturday Snetterton victory, but it’s a slender advantage of just four points with six races remaining.

“It’s been a good weekend,” said Jack. “But I’m a bit disappointed by the result of the final race. Our pace was not as good as it should have been and I’m not really sure what went wrong; the damage was done pretty much after five laps. I just couldn’t keep up with the guys in front despite giving it everything. To be positive, I’m back leading the championship, which is what it’s all about.”

Serralles admitted his race target was to get ahead of Harvey: “I wasn’t really pushing because I was ahead of Harvey,” said the Puerto Rican. “That was the main thing: to keep him behind me and gain as many points as I could.”

Sainz was delighted by his 12.4-second victory: “I’m very pleased to be back on top of the podium again. I really like these conditions, and I had a really good car for them.

Alex Lynn lost out to his team-mate Serralles on the opening lap to fall back to fourth from P3 on the grid; Alex held on to that spot to the end, ahead of Jazeman Jaafar. The Malaysian came under pressure initially from Hannes van Asseldonk, until a mid-race spin dropped the Dutchman back; he nonetheless finished sixth.

Morning race victor Harry Tincknell was another to drop back on lap one; he fought back from eighth past his team-mate Pietro Fantin to secure seventh despite a puncture, with Fantin slipping behind his Brazilian countryman Pipo Derani to finish ninth. Double R’s Fahmi Ilyas collected the final point in 10th.

The conditions again suited Adderly Fong down to a tee, and CF Racing’s Chinese driver took his third National class win of the Snetterton weekend, well clear of T-Sport’s Pedro Pablo Calbimonte.

F3 Euro Series

Two Euro Series drivers on top in the rain at Spa-Francorchamps…

Carlos Sainz (Carlin) won round twelve of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, which took place at the 6.968 kilometres long tradition-steeped track of Spa-Francorchamps today. Behind the Spaniard, Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport) crossed the finish line in the pouring rain. Felix Serralles (Fortec Motorsport) finished third. With Sainz and Blomqvist, two drivers from the Formula 3 Euro Series made it onto the first two steps of the podium.

About 20 minutes before the start of the race, rain started falling in the Belgian Ardennes. Carlos Sainz coped best with the challenging conditions. He overtook Serralles for the lead on lap three and drove a safe victory home. Serralles, on the other hand, briefly came off the track on the sixth lap and lost second place to Tom Blomqvist. Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) also made a driver’s error on the slippery asphalt, which made him drop back from third to tenth. He eventually finished eighth overall as the fourth-best driver from the Formula 3 Euro Series.

Carlos Sainz (Carlin): “Driving in the rain suits me and I have confidence in my car. I reckon that that was the key to this victory. Initially, I was still behind Felix Serralles, but then I was able to overtake him and I was in the lead. Of course, that was a particular advantage in this heavy rain, because you have a clear view when you are in the lead.”

Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport): “At the start, I made up two places right away and I was fourth. Later on, I benefited as Felix Serralles and Daniel Juncadella made mistakes in front of me, which allowed me to move up into second place. When rain got heavier, I had a lot of understeer, but I was able to hold on to my second place.”

Michael Lewis (Prema Powerteam): “It was a great race and great fun. My car was really good and I was able to gain a few positions. The La Source corner suited me in particular, especially the overtaking manoeuvre on Jack Harvey was great. Later on, I could have overtaken Jazeman Jaafar by taking a lot of risk, but I didn’t want to put my fifth place in jeopardy.”