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F1Weekly podcast # 619

Daniel Abt back on top in Jerez


Alpine is probably the only French automotive brand to have been crowned in all three of the rally, single-seater, and prototype motor sports. After many international achievements in endurance, with the unforgettable overall win in the 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours, Alpine is back in Le Mans this year for the most difficult endurance race in the world.

After battling brilliantly in the LMP2 category of the 2012 World Endurance Championship (WEC), and a fine fourth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans where he was awarded the Jean Rondeau prize for best rookie, Nelson Panciatici is now officially an Alpine driver. He will race in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) as part of the Signatech-Alpine Team run by Philippe Sinault. His partner is Pierre Ragues, another Frenchman, he has known since his Formula Renault 2.0 days and they raced together in the WEC last year. The two men, who get on very well, are a formidable team with a goal to win!

For this great comeback of the Alpine brand to the top level of motor sports, Nelson Panciatici would never, for anything in the world, have wanted to miss this extraordinary opportunity to drive an Alpine-Nissan kitted out with Michelin tyres.

He tells us: “I was hoping for more endurance racing because I really enjoyed my first season in the sport. I was also in a top team of skilled and passionate people. I did have some offers I was looking into very seriously but when Philippe Sinault mentioned the Alpine project to me, I jumped at the chance! Driving for a constructor as famous as Alpine is an incredible opportunity for a young driver and I didn’t hesitate for a second! I’m really pleased to be part of the Signatech-Alpine team and with Pierre as my co-driver, we’re aiming for victory in the LMP2 category from the start. Expectations will be high from everyone but I feel I can take on this responsibility because I know the whole team is there to help us and we’ll have a good car. I hope we have as good a season as we did last year, with a win to crown it!”

Amazing drivers like Patrick Depailler, Jean Pierre Jabouille, Henri Pescarolo, Didier Pironi, Jean Claude Andruet, Jean Luc Thérier, Jean Pierre Jaussaud too, and many others, have all shone behind the wheel of an Alpine. A new adventure starts today and new generations are already “tweeting” with frenzy: “Alpine is back at Le Mans.” Nelson Panciatici and the whole Signatech-Alpine team are ready to take on the challenge and add another chapter to the history of Alpine!



Daniel Abt sole challenger in title fight with win in Monza…
Two wins in seven days. Daniel Abt claimed his maiden win in Spa and now pockets a further 25 points at Race 1 in Monza, the final round of the season. The win was vital for the German, as it has kept his championship hopes alive in a race where Series leader Mitch Evans failed to finish, and Antonio Felix Da Costa and Aaro Vainio didn’t score, thus ending their championship chances with one race remaining. Tio Ellinas and Matias Laine joined Abt on the rostrum.
Evans started from pole position but it was teammate Laine who made the best getaway, moving into P1 with Ellinas sneaking into P2. Evans ran wide at the first chicane, running over the kerb and suffering damage to the car, forcing him into the pits. The team were unable to fix the car, with the New Zealander having to watch forlornly and wait for the performances of his rivals to know whether he would become GP3 Series Champion.
Felix Da Costa passed Laine for the lead early on, but the Portuguese driver was about to run into some back luck after suffering technical issues with the car, which dropped him back through the field; the Carlin driver eventually finishing 15th, scoring no points.
On lap five Abt raced into P1, after he had made one of his trademark lightning starts, going from P7 to P3 when the lights went green. The battle was on for P5 with David Fumanelli, Conor Daly and Patric Niederhauser in the mix, with the American coming out on top at the close of the race.
Ellinas, who been switching places with Vainio in the tussle for second, passed the Lotus GP driver and then set his sights on catching the German in the lead. As the laps counted down time ran out, but it was the best result for the Cypriot driver, bringing his Marussia Manor Racing car home in second place.
After the drivers had crossed the chequered flag Vainio received a twenty second time penalty for ignoring yellow flags, which dropped the Finn from P3 to P11. This was a costly error, as the points lost halted his charge in pursuit of the GP3 title. This left two men in the fight for honours, Abt and Evans.
The order at the flag was therefore Abt, Ellinas, Laine, Daly, Niederhauser and Fumanelli, with Marlon Stockinger coming through the pack impressively after starting P15 to finish seventh, ahead of tomorrow’s poleman Giovanni Venturini, Tamas Pal Kiss and William Buller.
Lotus GP celebrated winning the Teams Championship for the third year in a row after pocketing the points for Abt’s win and Daly’s fourth place, which took them to 366.5 points, with MW Arden now comfortably in second, 63 further points back in second.
GP3 Race 2 starts at 09.00 am local time tomorrow morning, the final race of the year. The drivers champion will be decided; it’s going down to the wire, the best possible way to conclude a fantastic 2012 GP3 Series season.


Daniel Abt achieves maiden win in Spa…
Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt victorious in shortened Race in Belgium-
German driver Daniel Abt is content with life after taking his first win in the 2012 GP3 Series. Rookie Abt started from third on the grid and made an amazing pass on both Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin) and Mitch Evans (MW Arden) to claim his debut win ahead of Felix Da Costa and Evans.
Race 1 at Round 7 at Spa-Francorchamps was scheduled to be 12 laps but due to an earlier delay, the race was cut to a maximum of twenty-five minutes. MW Arden teammates Evans and Matias Laine started from the front row and it was Laine who made the better getaway grabbing P1 from the New Zealander. The first lap contained plenty of action with Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas making a great start from tenth on the grid to rise to fifth and split the Lotus GP pair of Abt and Conor Daly.
Evans wasn’t going to wait around whilst Laine led and the Series leader regained control by passing the Finn to go P1. Laine made a mistake after braking late and ran wide which cost him three places. Felix Da Costa started to hunt his title rival down and the duo had a great battle with the Portuguese driver finding a way through to head into the lead.
Evans wasn’t ready to give in so easily and fought back, and as they tussled for P1, Abt saw his opportunity and made a fantastic manoeuvre on the pair in front. Whilst Felix Da Costa concentrated on keeping Evans at bay, they both braked late, Abt flew past them on the inside and then held the momentum as he continued to hold them off on the outside in what can only be described as a brave and fantastic overtake.
Abt had half a second advantage over the chasing pair, with Ellinas in P4, ahead of Laine, Vainio and Williamson. Ocean Racing Technology’s Robert Cregan had a premature end to his race after a crash at turn 10 into the tyre barrier. Firstly the safety car was deployed, however the race was soon red flagged and not restarted.
Therefore the positions remained as they were on lap four which saw Abt record his maiden victory in his rookie season which delighted the German after missing out in Hockenheim. Felix Da Costa continued his excellent run of form with second place and also pocketed the fastest lap, whilst Evans finished P3 to maintain his advantage in the Drivers Standings. Ellinas, Laine, Aaro Vainio, Daly, Lewis Williamson, Giovanni Venturini and Alex Fontana completed the top ten.
Half points were given today, therefore Evans increases his p


Abt flies to first pole on home ground in Hockenheim-
Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt secures maiden pole in Germany-
Qualifying for Round 5 of the GP3 Series in Hockenheim was a closely fought contest but it was home favourite, Daniel Abt who came out on top and achieved his first pole of his rookie season!
After rain had fallen on Friday, conditions for qualifying were dry and warm with dark clouds hovering over the circuit threatening to spoil the party. Germany’s Abt was first onto track as the field set their installation laps. After ten minutes, it was Series leader Mitch Evans heading the timings over Antonio Felix Da Costa and Giovanni Venturini.
Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas went P1 at the midway point with Abt up to P2 until his Lotus GP teammate Conor Daly put in a flier to go top. There was a spectacular moment for Dmitry Suranovich who after running wide, was sent briefly airborne but the Russian was able to continue on with his qualifying lap unscathed.
Daly further improved on his laptime to enhance his advantage at the front but Evans soon put a stop to that with three minutes remaining to claim provisional pole. With all the local support behind him, Abt was a man on a mission to please his fanbase and produced a laptime of 1:31.961, to secure pole position in his homeland and become the only driver to break into the 1.31s barrier.
Evans will join Abt on the front row with Daly and Ellinas on row two. Aaro Vainio qualified fifth but will line up in 15th place after a ten place grid penalty from Silverstone. Felix Da Costa was P6, ahead of David Fumanelli and Patric Niederhauser. Marlon Stockinger qualified P9 but like Vainio has a ten place grid penalty. Kevin Ceccon completes the top ten.
Race 1 takes place later today at 17.20pm.