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Motorsports Mondial

Home victory for Nigel Melker at Zandvoort

He was already happy with second place in qualifying on Friday, but today, Dutchman Nigel Melker (Mücke Motorsport) did even better and won the seventh season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series. At the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort, located in the dunes at the Dutch North Sea coast, Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport) completed the second 1-2 of this season for Mücke Motorsport. Points’ leader Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) finished third in the 26 laps’ race.

At the start, Felix Rosenqvist took the lead, but he was only able to keep it until the fifth lap. Then, Dutchman Nigel Melker made the race-deciding move as he overtook Rosenqvist and took over first place. The Swede kept up with his team-mate until making a mistake on lap 18. He only just defended his second place until the end of the race, taking the flag ahead of Merhi and Laurens Vanthoor (Signature)

Germans Marco Wittmann (Signature) and Daniel Abt (Signature) already collided on the opening lap during an overtaking manoeuvre. Abt retired with broken suspension, Wittmann was able to continue at the back of the field. He just finished behind the Motopark trio of Kimiya Sato, Gianmarco Raimondo and Jimmy Eriksson in tenth place.

Nigel Melker (Mücke Motorsport): “Winning my home race is a great feeling. My start wasn’t fantastic and I lost one place to Felix, but then he made a mistake from which I could benefit.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “I was in front, but then I made a big mistake just before the chicane and thus gave Nigel the chance to overtake me. However, I could keep Roberto Merhi behind me, although I wasn’t able to pull a gap.”

Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam): “I knew that overtaking at Zandvoort is rather difficult and therefore, I wanted to make up some places at the start already. That went quite well. I was able to keep Laurens Vanthoor behind me throughout the race.”

F1weekly podcast # 478

F1weekly podcast number 478.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

This weeks interview: Jerome D’ambrosio.

FIA Super License for Formula 3 talents – new F3 Trophy.

On 10th December, the Motor-Sport World Council of the International Automobile Association, FIA, has agreed upon announcing the ’FIA International Formula 3 Trophy’, thus increasing the value of the Formula 3 sport. This additional ranking embraces six already existing FIA approved Formula 3 events. The three best-placed drivers of the new FIA Formula 3 Trophy will be awarded the Super License for Formula 1.

In addition to the ‚Masters of Formula 3’ at Zandvoort and the tradition-rich Macau Formula 3 GP, the Trophy comprises the new Formula 3 race in South Korea and the revived F3 meeting in Pau, Southern France, as well as the Formula 3 races at Spa-Francorchamps and Hockenheim. The season kick-off will be held within the framework of the Formula 3 Euro Series (DTM season kick-off) at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg.

The ’FIA International Formula 3 Trophy’ doesn’t represent an independent series but is supposed to increase the value of the existing Formula 3 series. Condition for the participation in the new ranking is the contesting of a full season in one of the existing Formula 3 championships. The points system of the Trophy is Formula 1 orientated.

Since the creation of the Formula 3 Euro Series, the ’Masters of Formula 3’ has solely been won by Euro-Series drivers and in five of the past eight years, Euro Series contestants also prevailed in Macau. The challenging street circuit of Pau also doesn’t represent virgin soil for the Formula 3 Euro Series: in 2008, the Euro Series contested its last race weekend at Pau to date.


F1weekly podcast # 455

Photo by: Helen Sanders


F1weekly podcast number 455

Michelin making a return to the WRC

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Interview with F3 Champion Jean Eric Vergne.

Vergne began his karting career in 2001, and three years later became runner-up in the French Rotax Max championship. In 2005, he finished as runner-up in the ICA class European Championship. The following year he achieved the highlight of his karting career, finishing seventh in the premier Formula A World Championship.

Formula Renault 1.6 & 2.0

In 2007, Vergne moved up to single-seater racing, joining the French Formula Renault Campus series which he won comfortably at the first attempt, taking ten podium places from thirteen races in the process. Vergne became a member of both the renowned Red Bull Junior Team and the French Automobile Sport Federation (FFSA), at the conclusion of the 2007 season.

The following season, Vergne competed in both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup championships for SG Formula. He finished sixth in the Eurocup standings, taking nine points scoring positions in fourteen races, including a podium in the final race of the season at Barcelona. In the West European Cup, he took fourth place in the championship, scoring three podium places.

In both series, he finished as the highest placed rookie driver, and in addition, he also won the French Formula Renault 2.0 title, which was awarded to the best French driver in the West European Cup standings.

For 2009, Vergne remained in both championships with SG Formula. He finished second behind Spanish driver Albert Costa in the Eurocup, and also finished second to Costa in the WEC.

Formula Three

2010 saw Vergne move to the British Formula Three Championship, competing for multiple champions Carlin.[5]Spa-Francorchamps round. This was enough to give him the title with six races remaining in the season. It was the third consecutive year that a driver from the Red Bull Junior Team had won the title with the Carlin team. He took 12 victories from the first 24 races, including three wins out of three at the

Formula Renault 3.5

Along with his Formula Three campaign, Vergne had been due to compete in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for SG Formula. However, SG Formula pulled out a week before the first race, meaning that Vergne could concentrate on his Formula Three program.

In July 2010, it was announced that Vergne would replace Brendon Hartley at Tech 1 Racing for the final three events of the season after the New Zealander was released by the Red Bull Junior Team.

GP3 Series

In May 2010, Vergne was signed by Tech 1 Racing to contest the opening GP3 Series round in Barcelona. He was replaced by countryman Jim Pla for the next round in Turkey as it clashed dates with the British Formula Three event at Hockenheim, but returned to the team for the following round in Valencia. However, in early July it was announced that Daniel Juncadella would take Vergne’s seat at the team for the remainder of the season.

Source: Wikipedia


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Photo: Marleen Serne

This Bunny has seen some serious hot laps! Markus Winkelhock has every reason to smile, sponsorship from Playboy and plum Audi ride with Team Rosberg in DTM, the German Touring Car Championship.

As an 18-year old he finished second in the 1998 Formula König Championship and raced in Formula Renault Championships in Germany and Europe in the following two seasons.  In three season of F3 competition he scored six wins and placed fourth in the 2003 F3 Euro Series, ahead of names like Timo Glock, Nico Rosberg and Robert Kubica.

His first foray in German tin-tops came in 2004 and he returned to single-seaters in 2005, competing and winning three races in World Series by Renault and claiming third position in the championship. Since the 2007 season Winkelhock has been a regular feature on the DTM landscape.

His day of days came in the rain and in his Formula 1 debut at the Nürburgring. The 2007 European Grand Prix was about to start when the Spyker team instructed Winkelhock to come in for wet tires at the end of the formation lap.

F1 audience all over the world watched pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen and company slipping and sliding on the opening lap, and even more stunning was scene of Markus Winkelhock leading the very first lap of his very first Formula 1 Grand Prix! The rain disappeared and with it the brief one-race F1 career of Markus Wilkehock.

At least he can tell his grand kids and Bunnies, if they are still around, about the day he led a Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

Das war wunderbar!

–        Nasir Hameed

Grüße from Kalifornia.

F1weekly podcast # 394

Faces Going Places

An exclusive conversation with Jules Bianchi on podcast # 394

With racing in his blood and impressive championship winning credentials, this third generation racer is poised to become the first French World Champion since the


Bianchi 1

Photos: Marleen Serné

Bianchi. The winning name in the 1968 Le Mans 24-Hours race, as in Lucien Bianchi.

The name is also recorded as the winner two years earlier in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix, as in Mauro Bianchi.

Today, the winning and family tradition continues, as in Jules Bianchi. The 20-year old, grandson of Mauro, is on a fast track to Formula 1. In early December his first taste of Formula 1 machinery will be at the wheel of a Ferrari. Quite an introduction to the bright future that lays ahead for this young man from Brignoles in southern France.

The young Bianchi had his beginnings in the real racing world of karting. And success was quick. In 2004, at the age of 15, he won the French Championship for Juniors and was second in the European Championship in the same category. In the prestigious Andrea Margutti Trophy he repeated his performance from previous year and finished on the podium in third place.

In 2005, Bianchi beat some of the karting greats like Sauro Cesetti, David Fore and Marco Ardigo to win the Asia-Pacific Championship Formula A. Also included in this group were current F3/WSR racers Jon Lancaster, Riki Christodoulou and Daisuke Nakajima.

Bianchi bid farewell to the world of karting after the 2006 season, during which he won the WSK International Series and was runner-up in World Cup Formula A.

Bianchi cockpit BW

The following season he made his debut in single seater racing and made a splash in his rookie season by winning the 2007 French Formula Renault Championship. Five victories and 11 podium finishes from 13 races gave the signal for shape of things and wins to come.

Next move up the ladder was F3 Euro Series, now regarded as the premiere F3 series in the world, with the highly successful ART Grand Prix team. Bianchi finished third in his rookie year with two victories, behind championship winning teammate Nico Hülkenberg and Edoardo Mortara, who was equal on points with Bianchi.

Catch of the season was his victory in the famous Masters of Formula 3, the European version of Macau Grand Prix. Bianchi not only led his teammate Hülkenberg to the chequered flag at Zolder but also beat out other high profile drivers like Jaime Alguersuari, Brendon Hartley and Mika Maki.

This season saw a dominating performance by Jules Bianchi in the F3 Euro Series. Championship captured with 9 wins, 6 poles and 12 podium finishes out of 20 races.

Stage is now set for the final frontier before Formula 1, GP2 Championship in 2010.

Bianchi will continue with ART Grand Prix team. And so will the winning tradition.

Please enjoy our conversation with this racing star of the future which was conducted at Hockenheimring in October. Our thanks to Jules Bianchi for his time and Olivier Maernhout for making it possible.

— Nasir Hameed