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GP3

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
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:55.473
12
2.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:55.753
11
3.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:55.785
13
4.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
1:56.221
12
5.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:56.265
11
6.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:56.392
12
7.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:56.442
11
8.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.487
12
9.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:56.560
12
10.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:56.722
11
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:56.730
11
12.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.928
13
13.
Jimmy Eriksson*
Status Grand Prix
1:57.057
12
14.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:57.095
12
15.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.281
12
16.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.420
11
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:57.445
12
18.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:57.667
11
19
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:57.967
12
20.
Robert Cregan
Trident
1:58.040
12
21.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:58.115
13
22.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:58.328
12
23.
Samin Gomez*
Jenzer Motorsport
1:58.522
13
24.
Alice Powell
Bamboo Engineering
1:58.553
12
25.
Ryan Cullen*
Marussia Manor Racing
1:58.804
12
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:59.400
13
*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

Formula 1

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 2, Vallelunga (I)

FORMULA 3 DRIVER DANIIL KVYAT GETS F1 SEAT—

Red Bull junior driver Daniil Kvyat will be racing for the Toro Rosso Formula 1 team next season. The 19-year-old Russian, who is based in Rome, has been competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this season. He was very successful in his first Formula 3 year with the British squad Carlin, even though he was not able to score points while being a guest starter: In the third weekend of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg at the beginning of May, Kvyat already scored his first podium finish. Moreover, the young Russian was on the podium after finishing second in all three races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. For the frontrunner, the undisputed season highlight was the weekend at Zandvoort in September with one victory, one second and one fourth place. Due to test drives with his new Formula 1 car, the Red Bull junior driver had to miss the final event of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season at Hockenheim.

After his maiden victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Kvyat commented: “Winning a race in such a high-level championship represents a lot in my opinion and even more for the people following my career. I have to thank the Carlin team as I’ve learned a lot with them. Formula 3 is a branch of the sport in which we absorb very important information in the technical area, so it’s great to be racing with such a team. Now I’ve become a member of the very select club of Red Bull drivers who’ve won a race in Formula 3 with Carlin, in particular Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. If I can follow in their footsteps one day that’ll suit me down to the ground!”

Next season, Kvyat will now be racing alongside Jean-Eric Vergne for the Scuderia Toro Rosso; so that 2014 Scuderia Toro Rosso will feature a 100 percent Formula 3 driver line-up in Formula 1. The Russian was thus given the nod over Antonio Félix da Costa, who had tested for both Red Bull and Toro Rosso in July. So far, Kvyat kept a rather low profile, but is now all the more exited about this incredible step in his career: “This is fantastic news, a dream come true and I want to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this priceless opportunity. Ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula 1 and now that wish will become reality next season. I had a brief taste of working with the Toro Rosso team, when I drove for them at the Silverstone test and I enjoyed the experience very much. The fact I am based in Italy and speak Italian will, I am sure, help me to become part of the team very quickly.”

For decades, Formula 3 has been the ideal stepping stone into motorsport’s premier category, Formula 1. Not less than 17 drivers of the 2013 line-up of the F1 honed their skills in Formula 3. Formula 1 World Champions Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Mika Häkkinen, Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna, to name but a few examples from the last three decades, all moved up through the ranks of Formula 3 into the sport’s top class. In the years to come, Kvyat’s name could also be added to this list

GP3

Kvyat flies to maiden pole in Monza

Kvyat flies to maiden pole in Monza—
 
MW Arden duo of Daniil Kvyat and Robert Visoiu lock-out the front row—
 
MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat set a laptime of 1:36.933 to achieve his debut pole in the category and finish over half a second quicker over his nearest rival, teammate Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver will join Kvyat on the front row in his best qualifying of the season with title contender Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) heading the second row in P3. Kvyat’s flier was over seven seconds faster than the 2012 pole time set with the previous generation car.
 
The 30 minute session was filled with anticipation with four vital points up for grabs in the chase for the elusive GP3 crown. Another hot day greeted the 27 drivers as they lined up, eager to be in contention for pole position. Carlos Sainz and Lewis Williamson led the way with the Spaniard first to lap in the 1m37’s early on.
 
Kvyat demoted his teammate to take provisional pole, again showing good pace after topping yesterday’s Free Practice session. At the midway point, most drivers returned to the pits for new rubber and make set-up changes. The Russian driver was busy lighting up the timing screen as he lapped in the 1m36’s to set the target to his competitors by a large margin of half a second.
 
Ellinas was one of the big movers in the final minutes, shooting up to P3 behind Kvyat and Visoiu. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly in P5 was also trying to improve but ran wide over the kerbs which sent his car into a spin and a premature halt to his session. His teammate Alexander Sims also had an excursion into the gravel, whilst home favourite David Fumanelli (Trident) stopped at Turn 2 which was covered by yellow flags.
 
At the chequered flag, Kvyat enjoyed his maiden pole with his teammate Visoiu in tow. Ellinas can concentrate on reclaiming his lead in the GP3 title proceedings with a strong qualifying in third ahead of Sims, Yelloly, Sainz, Conor Daly, Series leader Facu Regalia, Kevin Korjus and Williamson.
 
Action is guaranteed in Race 1, which starts at 17.20 CET later today as the quest for the GP3 title rises another notch…
 
 
Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:36.933
14
2.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:37.444
15
3.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:37.526
14
4.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
1:37.580
13
5.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:37.602
12
6.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:37.619
15
7.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:37.708
11
8.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:37.715
11
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:37.723
13
10.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:37.942
12
11.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:37.991
14
12.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:38.111
11
13.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:38.113
13
14.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:38.141
14
15.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:38.388
13
16.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:38.419
15
17.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:38.450
12
18.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:38.495
14
19.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:38.522
12
20.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:38.566
12
21.
Aaro Vainio*
Koiranen GP
1:38.606
13
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:38.615
14
23.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:38.660
13
24.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:38.934
14
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:39.312
13
26.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.474
13
27.
Carmen Jorda**
Bamboo Engineering
1:40.218
14
 
 
 
 
 
*Vainio has a 5 place grid penalty following an incident in Spa Race 2.
**Jorda has a 10 place grid penalty following Free Practice in Monza
 

GP3

Daniil Kvyat

Kvyat clinches maiden win in Spa-Francorchamps—
 
MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat victorious in Belgium—
The Russian national anthem played out as MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat claimed his debut win in GP3 after a great start secured him a lights to flag victory. Kvyat was under pressure from ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly through-out the 13 lap race, the American coming home in second, whilst Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) moved into the lead of the championship after recording third place in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps. Kvyat posted the fastest lap of the race, also putting himself in contention for the elusive GP3 crown.
Rain stayed away for the race with Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) starting from pole, but it was his teammate Kvyat who snuck in front and made a faster getaway to claim the lead, whilst Daly also got the better of his teammate Jack Harvey moving into second, demoting Sainz. Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) came into the race leading the Series by one point and he stalled from fifth on the grid, dropping down to P19 on lap one.
There was contact at La Source between Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) and Emanuele Zonzini (Trident) which brought out the safety car for a short period whilst the cars were removed. At the re-start, Kvyat kept composed and held his small advantage over Daly, but there was a short break in proceedings when there was a small incident between Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) who braked late approaching La Source and made light contact with Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser.
Once the action resumed, Daly continued to harass Kvyat for the lead whilst Harvey was glued to the back of Sainz for the final spot on the rostrum. The Brit made his move on the Spaniard, as the two diced wheel to wheel but as Harvey moved to the right, contact was made which brought a premature end to the race for the pair of them. The safety car was deployed whilst the cars were moved off the circuit, with the race finishing as those positions.
Regalia moved into P3 and into a podium finish following the non-finish of Sainz and Harvey, after previously holding off Alexander Sims (Carlin).  Sims had attempted a move on the Argentine driver but run over a kerb allowing Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus to slice through and take his place. Ellinas also carved his way through the pack and at the chequered flag he was eighth, pocketing four points in the title chase and most importantly collecting reverse pole for Race 2 tomorrow.
At the chequered flag, Kvyat crossed the line four tenths ahead of Daly as he punched the air with delight. Regalia was third, in front of Korjus, Sims, Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering), Ellinas, Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) and Dino Zamparelli (Marussia Manor Racing).
Championship contender Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP) suffered a right rear puncture and had to pit which dropped him down the pack. Regalia now holds a 10 point lead in the Drivers’ Standings on 105 points with Ellinas now second. Daly has moved up to third place on 89, with Korjus and Kvyat close in pursuit on 87 and 84.
ART Grand Prix continue to lead the way in the Teams Standings on 269 points, with MW Arden in second on 190 and Koiranen GP on 162.
Race 2 starts at 09.25 local time, again the weather here is unpredictable here in the Ardennes, who will claim a further hold in the title chase?
Spa-Francorchamps – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
2.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
3.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
4.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
5.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
8.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
9.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
10.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
12.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
13.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
14.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
15.
David Fumanelli
Trident
16.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
17.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
18.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
19.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
20.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
21.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
Not Classified
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident

GP3

Conor Daly wins Valencia

Daly triumphant in Valencia Race 1…
 
Conor Daly leads home Facu Regalia to ART Grand Prix 1-2 in Spain-
 
What a dream weekend for American Conor Daly. Pole position yesterday and a lights-to-flag win for the ART Grand Prix driver. It was made extra special for his French squad ART Grand Prix with Daly’s teammate Facu Regalia finishing in P2 just one second back. Koiranen GP rookie Kevin Korjus completed the podium.
 
The race got underway under clear blue skies and warm temperatures with pole-man Daly, retaining his lead ahead of Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Regalia. There was an incident at turn 2 when Status Grand Prix’s Adderly Fong made contact with Trident’s David Fumanelli which put them both out of the race. Local favourite Carmen Jorda (Bamboo Engineering) was also an early casualty when she spun off on lap two.
 
Regalia soon passed Kvyat to hunt down his teammate, whilst Korjus also seized his opportunity to pounce on the Russian and move into P3. Argentine Regalia began to harass the American with all eyes on the battle at the front of the field with the pole-sitter managing to maintain a small advantage.
 
Spaniard Sainz (MW Arden) made a great start from P8 to move into fifth with Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas close in pursuit. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly who started from P26 after being excluded from the results of qualifying, carved his way through the pack to finish just outside the top ten in P12.
 
At the midway point, one of the key battles on track was Dino Zamparelli in P8 holding off a determined Robert Visoiu. The Brit defended with all his might but in the latter stages the Romanian driver made a successful pass to clinch the position and provisional reverse pole. As the drivers managed their Pirelli tyres in the 18 lap race, a six-car train developed with Bamboo Engineering’s Melville McKee sneaking past Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser for P11.
 
Daly crossed the line, celebrating in fine style his second win in the GP3 Series season. Regalia followed him home to make it a great result for ART Grand Prix and score his maiden rostrum. Rookie Korjus achieved his second podium in just three races for newcomers Koiranen GP. Fourth was Kvyat, with Sainz in fifth pocketing two further points for fastest lap. Ellinas, Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP), Visoiu, Zamparelli and Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) rounded out the top ten and point scorers.
 
Following Daly’s victory, he now heads the Driver’s Standings on 50 points, with Ellinas on 47 and Korjus on 33. After their one-two result ART Grand Prix lead the Team Standings on 81, with Koiranen GP on 64 and Marussia Manor Racing on 49.
 
Race 2 will start later today at 15.00 CET with Visoiu on reverse pole.
Valencia – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
3.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
5.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
6.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
7.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
8.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
9.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
10.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
11.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
12.
Nick Yelloly
Trident
13.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
14.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
15.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
16.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
17.
Josh Webster
Carlin
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
19.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
20.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
21.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP

F3 EC

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 5, race 1, Spielberg (A)

Mücke driver Felix Rosenqvist dominates at Red Bull Ring…

The 13th season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship saw Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) score an undisputed victory. At the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring in the Austrian province of Styria, he won the dash towards the first corner and then continuingly extended his lead. At the finish, the 21-year old Swede was 14.306 seconds clear of Daniil Kvyat (Carlin), who had started from pole position. For the Red Bull-backed junior driver, second place is his best result in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to date. Third place was taken by 19-year old Briton Jordan King (Carlin), who celebrated his maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship after a long battle with Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport). Italian Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, took the chequered flag in fourth place and remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings. His margin over his main rival Felix Rosenqvist is 67.5 points.

While Felix Rosenqvist’s victory was never in jeopardy throughout the 24 laps’ race distance and guest driver Daniil Kvyat also safely drove second place home, Jordan King had to work considerably harder. For more than half of the race, the rookie driver was involved in a battle for third place with Lucas Wolf, with Wolf initially holding on to his position. The URD driver successfully defended his position against King until lap 16, but then had to let his rival past. Soon after that, Nicholas Latifi (Carlin) also moved ahead of Wolf, who went on to drop down further through the ranks. Due to a collision with Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational), Wolf was also called in for a drive-through penalty and dropped to 16th place.

Raffaele Marciello, who had started from 13th place, had an equally busy day: in thrilling duels, the Italian worked his way up to fourth position. Behind him, Latifi took the chequered flag, followed by Sven Müller (ma-con), Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), Michael Lewis (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), the only Austrian in the field. Having spun after a collision in the early stages of the race, Auer had dropped down, but secured the final slot in the top ten after a spirited recovery. 

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) 
“My start was good and I was able to pull a gap right away. My car ran great throughout the race. After the rather poor start into the season at Monza, I reckon that we are now on the right way and meanwhile, we are able to keep up with Prema and Carlin as well.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“My start wasn’t too bad, but Felix’s was simply even better. Initially, I thought that I could keep up with him, but I didn’t succeed. Thus, it was a rather boring race for me. Now, we have to see why we weren’t able to follow Felix. But I think that second place is not too bad either.”

Jordan King (Carlin)
“So far, my season has been rather disappointing, but being on the podium at last is nice. Lucas Wolf defended very heavily, so it took longer for me to finally overtake him. The battle with him was a close one and I enjoyed it very much.”