Tag Archives: Felipe Nasr

Formula 1

Felipe Nasr

WILLIAMS APPOINTS FELIPE NASR AS TEST AND RESERVE DRIVER—
Williams is pleased to announce the appointment of Brazilian Felipe Nasr to the position of Test and Reserve Driver for the 2014 season.

In this role Felipe will attend all Grands Prix during the 2014 season and take to the wheel of the Williams Mercedes FW36 in three tests and five FP1 sessions. This will be combined with factory based work in the team’s simulator to support the continued development of the team’s cars.

Felipe began karting in Brazil at the age of seven and won several titles before making his open wheel racing debut in 2008 in the final round of the Formula BMW Americas season. For 2009 he moved to Europe and competed in the Formula BMW Championship, claiming the title in his first season with seven wins in 16 starts. In 2010 and 2011 he competed in the British Formula Three Championship, finishing in 5th position in his first year and claiming the title in 2011 after securing seven wins. 2012 saw Felipe move to the GP2 Championship with DAMS where he finished the championship as the second highest placed rookie and in tenth place overall. That year he also competed in the Daytona 24 Hour, finishing third overall with Michael Shanks Racing. For 2013 Felipe joined Carlin Motorsport, finishing in 4th place in the GP2 Championship.

Commenting on his new role Felipe Nasr said: “I’m really happy to be joining the Williams family. They have a great history in the sport and some of the greatest Brazilian drivers of all time have driven for the team, so it’s an honour to join names such as Piquet, Senna and Massa. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to make the next step in my career and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time in Bahrain.”

Williams Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams added; “Felipe has a strong track record of success in his career so far and we have been watching him closely for a while. We have a track record at Williams of bringing through new talent and giving them a chance to show what they can do on the world’s biggest stage. By driving in five FP1 sessions this season, Felipe will have the perfect chance to showcase his skills and I’m confident he will be a strong addition to our driver roster.”

GP2

Series leader fastest in Abu Dhabi
Series leader fastest in Abu Dhabi

LEIMER LEADS THE WAY IN FREE PRACTICE—

Fabio Leimer has started the final weekend of the 2013 GP2 Series in fine style after claiming the top spot in this morning’s free practice session at Yas Marina Circuit, stealing the spot in his final lap to head title rival Sam Bird and Dani Clos.
 
The points leader set a time of 1:51.766 on his final lap to claim best time from Bird, but the Englishman appeared to be on a faster lap before slowing slightly in the final sector, relinquishing the position he had held for much of the session in the process.
 
The practice session took place under blazing skies, with times tumbling throughout as the drivers came to grips with the circuit and their tyres: Jolyon Palmer set the first competitive lap before Bird claimed the top spot just 8 minutes in, improving his time later before Clos took over on the leaderboard with just over ten minutes remaining.
 
As the pace improved a number of drivers ran wide, showing just how hard they were working to improve their times: Bird regained the top spot with four minutes remaining, but Leimer laid down a marker for the championship battle as the chequered flag came out.
 
Alexander Rossi, James Calado, Tom Dillmann, Jon Lancaster, Stéphane Richelmi, Johnny Cecotto and Felipe Nasr filled the timesheets behind the top three, with just one second covering the first 11 drivers: the pace promises to heat up even more when qualifying starts a few hours from now.
Abu Dhabi – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:51.766
10
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.924
13
3.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:52.019
11
4.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:52.061
13
5.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:52.162
11
6.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:52.175
12
7.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:52.543
12
8.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:52.573
14
9.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:52.583
12
10.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:52.697
14
11.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:52.709
14
12.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:52.801
13
13.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:52.822
14
14.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:52.853
13
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:52.870
11
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:52.973
12
17.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:53.225
13
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:53.383
13
19
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:53.472
13
20.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:53.552
12
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:53.638
11
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:53.750
11
23.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:53.986
10
24.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:54.435
14
25.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
1:55.291
14
26.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
2:00.043
10

GP2

Felipe Nasr Barca GP2

Felipe Nasr leads Barcelona free practice…
 
Carlin driver sets the pace in Round 3 opening session
 
Felipe Nasr has set the tone: the Carlin racer is hungry for glory this week at Circuit de Catalunya and he wasted no time in showing his rivals how quick he can be setting up the fastest laptime in this morning’s free practice session in a 1:30.103, seven tenths clear from James Calado who finished second.
 
The session opened on a drying track with most of the drivers opting to wait before taking to the track. Robin Frijns set the early pace. The rookie’s latpime of 1:31.264 gave the signal for the remainder of the drivers to feed onto the track. Frijns improved on his next attempt to clock in a time of 1:31.010.
 
Ten minutes into the session, Nasr put his head down and lit sectors 1 and 2 in purple before crossing the start/finish line in 1:30.103, a clear nine tenths from Frijns. His teammate Jolyon Palmer also found the extra pace to move up to P2, but eight tenths slower than the Brazilian and thus enough room for Calado and Johnny Cecotto to split the Carlin pair.
 
Halfway through the session, the track was yellow flagged when Simon Trummer stopped at Turn 13. Most of the drivers made their way back into the pits. Series leader Stefano Coletti who had yet to make an appearance onto the track decided to benefit from light traffic to make his way into the top ten. At the chequered flag, Nasr retained P1 ahead of Calado, Cecotto, Palmer, Frijns, Coletti, Sam Bird, Tom Dillmann, Marcus Ericsson and Fabio Leimer.
 
If this morning’s weather forecast brought rain, this afternoon’s should bring sunny conditions also known as the best conditions for a classic GP2 qualifying session at 16.00 local time.
 
Barcelona – Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:30.103
13
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:30.864
11
3.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:30.951
8
4.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:30.977
15
5.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
1:31.010
13
6.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:31.092
8
7.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:31.265
10
8.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:31.290
10
9.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:31.295
12
10.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:31.303
10
11.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:31.339
11
12.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:31.389
11
13.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
1:31.492
11
14.
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Racing
1:31.528
14
15.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:31.577
12
16.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:31.846
16
17.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:31.930
7
18.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:32.020
15
19
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:32.077
11
20.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:32.276
14
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:32.413
12
22.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:32.468
14
23.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:32.646
10
24.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:33.455
9
25.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:41.742
0
26.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
0
 

GP2

Sam Bird wins Bahrain sprint 2013

Bird bags Sakhir Sprint Race…
 
RUSSIAN TIME driver scores first GP2 win for Russian squad in nail-biting finale
 
It’s happy time for RUSSIAN TIME at Bahrain International Circuit: Sam Bird took a lights-to-flag maiden win for the newcomers holding off a charging Felipe Nasr. The Brit crossed the finish line 0.08s ahead of the Brazilian. In third, Stefano Coletti pockets a fourth podium in four races and maintains the lead in the drivers’ standings.
 
Tom Dillmann started from reverse pole today. When the lights went off, the Frenchman was busy holding off Adrian Quaife-Hobbs whilst Stefano Coletti charged from P7 on the grid around the outside of Turn 1 to move up to P3. Bird recovered from a slow start from third on the grid, finding a way past Quaife-Hobbs and Coletti on the inside. He immediately put pressure on his teammate for the lead. Further down the pack, contact between Nasr and Alexander Rossi sent the American back to the pits to fix a damaged car. There was more drama with another collision involving Marcus Ericsson and Rio Haryanto.
 
At the front, Bird overtook Dillmann in the final corner of lap 1. The Frenchman immediately tried to fight back for his position at Turn 1, the two cars running side by side in the following corner. Bird fended off his teammate’s attacks well whilst Dillmann lost a position to Coletti. Nasr was next up and quickly discarded Dillmann too. Bird started to try and build a gap to Coletti that would extend up to 3.8s.
 
Behind the top three, Quaife-Hobbs, Fabio Leimer and Jolyon Palmer were fighting tooth and nail for fifth place, James Calado and Daniel Abt not too far from the fight. Palmer made a move on Leimer who, trying to defend his position went wide and dropped to eighth, behind Calado. Quaife-Hobbs was then under huge pressure from Palmer, with Calado in tow. The three British drivers battled fearlessly with Calado finding a way past Palmer and Quaife-Hobbs, the MP Motorsport driver also dropping behind the Carlin man. Abt added to Qauife-Hobbs’ misery passing him for seventh place.
 
In the final laps, Coletti and Nasr picked up the pace, reducing Bird’s advantage to nothing. Struggling on tyres, Coletti braked too hard and ran wide in the final corner of the penultimate lap allowing Nasr to get past and to hunt down Bird for the win. The final lap of the race saw an epic battle between the two drivers, Nasr all over Bird and at the chequered flag, Bird crossed the finish line a hairsbreadth ahead of the Carlin man. Coletti brought home another podium finish ahead of Dillmann, Calado, Palmer, Abt and Quaife-Hobbs.
 
As Leimer scored no points today, Coletti keeps the lead in the drivers’ championship with 64 points, ten points ahead of the Swiss. Nasr is in third with 48 points. Bird moves up to fifth with 33 points. Calado is now sixth with 24 points, 2 points ahead of Palmer.
Sakhir – Sprint race
Driver
Team
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
3.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
4.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
5.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
6.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
7.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
8.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
9.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
10.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
11.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
12.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
13.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
14.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
15.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
17.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
18.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
19.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
20.
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Racing
21.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
22.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
23.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
24.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
25.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Not Classified
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
Fastest Lap : Nathanaël Berthon (Trident Racing) – 1:45.301 on lap 17

F1Weekly podcast # 623

Bhai Tech Racing - McLaren

Clark and Nasir shout Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! for Fernando’s win in China and a special Motorsports Mondial interview with Felipe Nasr’s uncle Amir Nasr.

And here is an update on Bhai Tech Racing in action with Pantano, Suzuki, Van der Drift and Luiz Razia

Uninterrupted training for Bhai Tech Racing before making the debut in the 2013 GT open Championship, whose first race will be held on the 27th of April at Paul Ricard circuit. 

The Padua-based Team took a two-day private testing session on the well known track of Adria with its two McLaren MP4 12C GT3 racing cars, driven by the two racing crews composed by Giorgio Pantano – Raphael Suzuky and Van der Drift – Luiz Razia. 

Under the technical management of Mr. Roberto Costa, drivers and staff focused on refining FIA new regulations regarding electronic controls “We worked hard during the two-day testing session, we mainly focused on the last technical upgrades introduced by the Federation in the area of electronic controls linked to the turbo operating system. Since it’s a last minute upgrade, much attention should be paid on it. We’re working side by side with McLaren to develop every single aspect.” 

It was also a good chance for the Brazilian driver Razia to test the car of the Walking-based car company for the first time, in preparation for the opening race to take place at the French Circuit.

[audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/mp3.f1weekly.com/podcasts/04-17-13f1weekly623.mp3]

GP2

Felipe Nasr testing barca 2013

STEFANO COLETTI ENDS ON TOP-
Rapax driver quickest on final pre-season test day in Barcelona
 
Less than two weeks before the 2013 GP2 Series season kicks off in Malaysia, Stefano Coletti confirmed his good form today: the Monegasque driver topped a dry testing day in Barcelona in the morning session with a laptime of 1:29.055. Felipe Nasr was fastest in the afternoon for Carlin.
 
A clear blue sky welcomed the GP2 drivers at the Circuit de Catalunya this morning for the final day of pre-season testing. As the pitlane opened, the track was still damp though pushing the majority of drivers to opt for wet weather tyres for the first half of the session. Stéphane Richelmi was the early pace setter, but his teammate Marcus Ericsson took control of the timesheets after one hour done and dusted in the session.
 
At the halfway mark and on a drying track, Riccardo Agostini was the first driver to test the hard compounds and to significantly improve on Ericsson’s best laptime. The rest of the field also switched to slicks and it was again Ericsson on soft tyres who set the best laptime in a 1:29.606 until a red flag was waved when Rene Binder spun and stopped at Turn 5. At the restart, most drivers opted for the Soft Pirelli compounds and Coletti found extra pace to set the best laptime of the session with a 1:29.055, one tenth clear from Ericsson. Richelmi, Jolyon Palmer, Sergio Canamasas, James Calado, and rookies Kevin Giovesi, Mitch Evans, Daniel Abt and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs rounded up the top ten.
 
The afternoon session opened one hour later on a dry track. Conor Daly replaced Riccardo Agostini at Hilmer Motorsport. Fabio Leimer set the early pace, but Coletti (on the hard compound) edged him out of the top spot. The Rapax driver remained in control of the timesheets until mid-session when Nasr on soft compounds set the fastest second and third sectors to claim top spot a shy 0.09s quicker than Coletti. In the closing stages, the Monegasque driver reduced the gap slightly to end three hundredths slower than Nasr. Taking advantage of a dry track after two days of wet weather, the drivers focused mainly on race simulations and pit-stop practice. Tom Dillmann finished third ahead of Leimer, Quaife-Hobbs, Robin Frijns, Calado, Giovesi, Evans and Daly.
 
This marked the end of the pre-season testing for GP2 Series. In two weeks time, the paddock will gather in Sepang, Malaysia, for the opening round of the eighth season of the category.
 
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:29.055
30
2.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:29.217
35
3.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:29.453
39
4.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:29.467
28
5.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:29.611
36
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:29.624
33
7.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:29.812
32
8.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:29.902
34
9.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:29.994
30
10.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:30.012
23
11.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:30.037
26
12.
Robin Frijns
RUSSIAN TIME
1:30.168
24
13.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:30.244
22
14.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
1:30.300
26
15.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:30.459
27
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:30.484
19
17.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:30.620
16
18.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:30.635
31
19.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:30.667
28
20.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
1:30.724
35
21.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:30.813
29
22.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:30.855
27
23.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:31.029
13
24.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:31.035
32
25.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:31.220
14
Afternoon results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:29.381
46
2.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:29.414
28
3.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:29.843
37
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:29.862
30
5.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:29.914
39
6.
Robin Frijns
RUSSIAN TIME
1:30.053
29
7.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:30.256
55
8.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:30.318
33
9.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:30.324
34
10.
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:30.417
37
11.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:30.441
29
12.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:30.454
28
13.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
1:30.554
41
14.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:30.601
36
15.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:30.643
40
16.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:30.721
52
17.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham racing
1:30.813
54
18.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:30.821
33
19.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:30.823
40
20.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:30.884
43
21.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:30.918
28
22.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:30.997
42
23.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:31.271
38
24.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:31.368
37
25.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:31.370
53