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Macau Grand Prix

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 4, Brands Hatch (GB)

ALEX LYNN ON POLE THE MACAU GRAND PRIX—

Alex Lynn will start the 2013 running of the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix from pole position after comfortably winning Saturday’s 10-lap Qualification Race.

The Briton started the race from third on the grid, but wasted no time hitting the front, barging into the lead on the way to Lisboa on the first lap. But his time at the front was initially short-lived, the Theodore Racing by Prema driver running wide at Lisboa, surrendering the lead to Felix Rosenqvist.

The lead changed hands again following an early safety car period – which was caused when Harry Tincknell collected a stalled Tom Blomqvist at the start – with Lynn slip-streaming past Rosenqvist’s GR Asia with Mücke entry on the way down to Lisboa, this time making the move stick.

Once in front, Lynn put the hammer down, a series of quick laps leaving him a comfortable winner, 2.411s clear of Rosenqvist at the finish.

“I think the main positive is that the car felt really nice,” Lynn said. “I made a pretty good start, my restart was good, and in terms of the qualification race it’s good. The Grand Prix is another thing.”

Raffaele Marciello, who started the Qualification Race from pole position, was left to rue a poor start, which left him buried in the field. But the Prema Powerteam driver systematically worked his way through the field, finishing the race in touch with Rosenqvist. He will be joined on the second row by Carlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa, who finished fourth ahead of Pipo Derani (Fortec Motorsport) and Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport).

Lynn’s team-mate Lucas Auer was the unluckiest of the front-runners, hitting the barrier hard at San Francisco Bend right after the re-start, retiring from the race immediately.

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60 YEARS OF THE MACAU GRAND PRIX—

The prestigious Macau GP is going to celebrate its 60th anniversary, this year. The former Portuguese colony’s 6.12-kilometre street circuit is the venue of the ’FIA Intercontinental Cup’, representing the unofficial world finale of the Formula 3 season. Consequently, it goes without saying that the grid of the tradition-rich race also will feature a big number of FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers: altogether, eight teams and 18 drivers will fly the FIA Formula 3 European Championship flag, in Macau. With reigning European Champion Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and vice-champion Felix Rosenqvist (GR Asia with Mücke), the planet’s most competitive young-gun series will be represented – inter alia – by two of the hottest favourites. Motors TV will cover the anniversary edition re-live: Saturdays’ qualifying race will be broadcasted on Sunday, 17 November from 15.30hrs CET before the race itself (16.10hrs CET).

Felix Rosenqvist travels to China’s gamblers’ paradise with big ambitions. The Swede who turned 22 a week before the Macau GP finished second behind Portugal’s António Félix da Costa in last year’s edition and wants revenge. Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema), who finished third in 2012, also looks forward to returning to Macau. The Briton who also came third in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, and Lucas Auer (Theodore Racing by Prema) who secured fourth position in the championship, will be the drivers behind the two single-seaters that mark the comeback of the name Theodore onto the Formula 3 stage.

Apart from Rosenqvist and Lynn, another three 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers made it to the top 10, in the 2012 Macau GP: Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsport, sixth) Raffaele Marciello (eighth) and Harry Tincknell (Carlin, ninth). And all the three drivers are going to once again meet the challenge represented by the narrow streets of Macau.

More than 50 percent of the 29-driver Macau grid contested the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. 18 drivers racing for eight different teams will honour the event with their presence. In addition to the one for Tincknell, British Team Carlin will enter another two single-seaters for Jordan King und Nicholas Latifi. One of the two kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport vehicles will be raced by Dennis van de Laar. Fortec Motorsports will be represented – inter alia – by John Bryant-Meisner, William Buller and Tom Blomqvist. Alexander Sims is going to contest the event for ThreeBond with T Sport and the Double R Racing squad will make a two-car appearance with Sean Gelael and Antonio Giovinazzi. One of the two Galaxy – Double R Racing cars will be driven by Estonia’s Kevin Korjus who contested the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season finale at Hockenheim for ThreeBond with T-Sport. Eurointernational signed Monaco’s Stefano Coletti – who also raced at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg – for the Macau GP and Lucas Wolf will be the only German young gun on the Macau grid. He contests the 15-lap race for his squad URD Rennsport.

Felix Rosenqvist (GR Asia with Mücke): “I think that Macau’s circuit is the most difficult one of the world. Here, a lot of courage and perfect precision are a must if you want to be fast. A lot of really good drivers are going to race and nonetheless, I’m travelling to Macau with just one goal: to win the race!”

Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix*

Thursday, 14 November 2013
10.55-11.40hrs Practice
14.40-15.10hrs Qualifying

Friday, 15 November 2013
11.00-11.45hrs Practice
14.45-15.15hrs Qualifying

Saturday, 16 November 2013
14.00-14.50hrs Qualification Race – 10 laps

Sunday, 17 November 2013
15.30-16.30hrs Race – 15 laps

* All times are local times (UTC+8).

GP2

Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2

RIO HARYANTO QUICKEST ON DAY 2—

Rio Haryanto topped the second day of post season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Indonesian who switched to EQ8 Caterham Racing today set a laptime of 1:49.203 this evening. In the morning session, it was FIA Formula 3 European Champion Raffaele Marciello who led the way.

When the pitlane opened this morning, Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) was quick to set the early pace ahead of Rio Haryanto, the Indonesian driver having moved to Caterham for the day. Thirty minutes into the session however, it was Jolyon Palmer who topped the timesheet in 1:50.556 with the DAMS car. The Briton remained the fastest man on track until the final hour when Marciello broke under the 1m50s barrier with a laptime of 1:49.964. In the closing stages of the session, the Trident man found some extra pace and improved his personal best by four tenths. Julian Leal who switched to Arden today also dipped under 1m50s but remained four tenths slower than Marciello. At the Chequered flag, behind the pair of Marciello and Leal, Haryanto, Stéphane Richelmi, Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin), GP3 graduate Tio Ellinas (MP Motorsport), Hilmer’s Daniel Abt and Rene Binder, and Andre Negrao (Racing Engineering) completed the top ten.
When the second session of the day opened at night-time, Haryanto was quick to set the pace in 1:50.141, but it was Vandoorne who first dipped under 1m50s. The Belgian’s time was bettered then by Will Stevens (Caterham) with Johnny Cecotto (Lazarus) a shy one thousandth slower. The session was red flagged after Arthur Pic stopped his ART car on track. When the proceedings resumed, Haryanto found some extra pace to set a laptime of 1:49.203 which was never beaten. The final thirty minutes of the session saw Palmer surge to P2 ahead of Marciello and Vandoorne. Ellinas, Daniel Abt (Hilmer), Stevens, Cecotto, Negrao and Binder completed the top ten.
Tomorrow’s final day will see some more changes in the entry list starting with Vandoorne moving to DAMS whilst Conor Daly will test at ART alongside Nikolay Martsenko. Nathanaël Berthon will join Arden with Pic whilst Marciello and Mitch Evans will join Racing Engineering for the day. Carlin will welcome Andre Negrao and Addax will test with Facu Regalia. Johnny Cecotto will switch to Rapax. Trident will have a new line up made of Giovanni Venturini and Gianmarco Raimondo. Leal will move to Hilmer. Finally, Lazarus will test Dani Clos and Binder.
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident Racing
1:49.598
16
2.
Julian Leal
Arden International
1:49.917
26
3.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:50.261
27
4.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:50.341
26
5.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:50.471
27
6.
Jazeman Jaafar
Carlin
1:50.483
24
7.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:50.505
26
8.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:50.568
24
9.
Rene Binder
Hilmer Motorsport
1:50.602
25
10.
Andre Negrao
Racing Engineering
1:50.655
28
11.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:50.680
29
12.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:50.827
33
13.
Will Stevens
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:50.829
23
14.
Nico Müller
Racing Engineering
1:50.948
24
15.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.998
28
16.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:51.127
17
17.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.141
24
18.
Arthur Pic
ART Grand Prix
1:51.155
31
19.
Carlos Huertas
Carlin
1:51.389
31
20.
Giovanni Venturini
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:51.399
27
21.
Pietro Fantin
Arden International
1:51.495
33
22.
Sandy Stuvik
Rapax
1:51.589
21
23.
Adderly Fong
Trident Racing
1:51.965
30
24.
Jordan King
Barwa Addax Team
1:52.162
31
25.
Johnny Cecotto
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:52.718
28
26.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:53.281
43
Evening results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:49.203
27
2.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:49.338
34
3.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident Racing
1:49.411
33
4.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:49.542
29
5.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:49.630
32
6.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:49.645
23
7.
Will Stevens
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:49.664
25
8.
Johnny Cecotto
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:49.665
27
9.
Andre Negrao
Racing Engineering
1:49.744
29
10.
Rene Binder
Hilmer Motorsport
1:49.755
31
11.
Nico Müller
Racing Engineering
1:49.803
27
12.
Julian Leal
Arden International
1:49.859
23
13.
Jordan King
Barwa Addax Team
1:49.952
23
14.
Arthur Pic
ART Grand Prix
1:50.005
17
15.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:50.028
25
16.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:50.056
29
17.
Jazeman Jaafar
Carlin
1:50.207
29
18.
Giovanni Venturini
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:50.249
27
19.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:50.468
19
20.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.499
24
21.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:50.581
23
22.
Sandy Stuvik
Rapax
1:50.633
18
23.
Carlos Huertas
Carlin
1:50.706
28
24.
Pietro Fantin
Arden International
1:50.742
26
25.
Adderly Fong
Trident Racing
1:51.089
28
26.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.701
23

F3 European Championship

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

MARCIELLO VS. ROSENQVIST FOR THE FIA FORMULA 3 EUROPEAN TITLE—

The protagonists Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) have taken the battle for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title down to the season finale at the 4.547 kilometre Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Nonetheless, Marciello who travels to Hockenheim with a 45.5-pointlead over Rosenqvist is the favourite in this battle. On the other hand, the Italian Ferrari Driver Academy protégé can’t feel safe as his Swedish opponent is far from giving up early. The prize for the title winner is impressive: In addition to the title and the trophy, the champion also will win a day of testing at the wheel of a Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racer.

The two title contenders experienced an eventful season, with Marciello holding the lead right from the start but Rosenqvist following close behind for the major part of the year. The Italian born in Zurich travels to Hockenheim with boosted confidence as he extended his championship lead last weekend by winning two races at his home circuit at Vallelunga, Italy. Rosenqvist, on the other hand, is motivated by the fact that he always has been securing good results at Hockenheim and has got – just as his rival – what it takes to secure race wins at any time.

In addition to the battle for the title, the fight for third position in the championship also isn’t over yet. Here, the rivals are the team-mates Alex Lynn and Lucas Auer (both Prema Powerteam). Prior to the final three races of the season, Briton Lynn holds a comfortable 58.5-pointlead over Austrian Auer, with the maximum of points to be scored amounting to 75.

At the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship regulars will be joined by two young guns who also want to compete with the best Formula 3 drivers of the world. Nick Cassidy replaces Russia’s Red Bull junior Daniil Kyvat to race the Dallara #51. In his Formula 3 debut, at Nuremberg’s Norisring, the Kiwi came close to making it to the point’s right way by finishing 11th twice. Meanwhile, Estonian Kevin Korjus will make his FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut, this weekend. He replaces Briton Alexander Sims and races for team ThreeBond with T Sport.

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “My lead looks comfortable but that’s an error. I learned – at the latest at Zandvoort – that even a big lead doesn’t mean safety. If something goes wrong, such a lead can be lost very quickly. Therefore, I will opt for my usual approach, for the season-finale weekend and won’t allow myself to get distracted by thinking about the possible title triumph. I will fully focus on the job to be done and give my very best. Than we will have to wait and see what happens.”

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “My gap to Raffaele amounts to 45.5 points, prior to the season finale at Hockenheim, but I’m far from giving up and think that my chances of winning the title are still alive. I know that Hockenheim is a racetrack that used to always suit my team and me well. Therefore, this circuit is the perfect place to once again hurl myself with full power and concentration into the battle with Raffaele.”

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

MARCIELLO FORCED INTO RETIREMENT – THE SITUATION REMAINS THRILLING—

In the 26th race of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) prevailed to win the race followed by Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Daniil Kvyat (Carlin). Thanks to this result, Prema Powerteam secured the title as best team of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship early. Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), currently second in the championship, finished ninth in the race held at Vallelunga, Italy, while a technical failure forced his rival in the battle for the title, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), into retirement right at the start. With the second race of the weekend contested, the lead of Ferrari’s young-gun Marciello over Sweden’s Rosenqvist amounts to 28.5 points.

Prior to the start, the single-seater of Raffaele Marciello suddenly was engulfed in smoke. The Italian who held second position on the grid, couldn’t start due to technical problems and had to retire. Meanwhile, Alex Lynn made perfect use of his pole to take the lead – followed by Alexander Sims, Daniil Kvyat and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam).

Due to an off-track experience of Jann Mardenborough (Carlin), the safety-car was sent out as early as on lap one – and once again a few laps later, when Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) failed to keep his Dallara on the track. After the two safety-car periods, Lynn succeeded in once again opening a gap on the field while Sims successfully fended off the attacks of his pressurising rival Kvyat. In the end, Lynn crossed the finish line with a five-second-lead over Sims, with Kvyat finishing third. Roman Eddie Cheever came fourth, in his home race, thus being pipped in the battle for the podium. Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) and Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing) secured the positions five to eight.

Further back, Felix Rosenqvist tried hard to work his way up through the field. Due to an incident in the qualifying session, the Swede had had to settle for the last position on the grid and battled his way up to finish ninth. Meanwhile, John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) completed the top 10, thus delivering in fine style, on his first FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend.

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam)
“My pace was really good in this race. Other than Alexander Sims I had a fresh set of tyres and therefore, I had expected that I would be faster than him. But I hadn’t believed that I would be that much faster. In the end, it was a good race, ending with the great first place. I hope to again make it to the podium in race three, this afternoon.”

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“At times it was a lonely race for me. I contested the race on a used set of tyres and consequently, I wasn’t able to match the pace of Alex. Nonetheless, I think that I may be happy with my achievements as I was fourth on the grid and finished runner-up.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“My start was okay but Alex who stood diagonally behind me virtually rocketed away. The battles with him were big fun. Altogether I’m happy to be on the podium and secure some good results, in the closing stages of the season. But in the third race, this afternoon, making it to the podium once again will be difficult. From my eighth position on the grid I will need a dose of luck to do so.”

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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 1, Vallelunga (I)

Raffaele Marciello re-increases the gap—

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) made perfect use of his home-track advantage by winning the 25 race of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season at the 4.085-kilometre Autodromo Piero Taruffi. Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) joined the Ferrari Driver Academy protégé on the podium. As the effort of Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) to battle his way back up ended in 10th position, Italian Marciello could extend his lead in the overall standings to 32.5 points.

From his pole position, Raffaele Marciello defended his lead and kept the gap on second-place Alexander Sims between 0.8 and 1.2 seconds throughout the race. Similarly easy was the race for Alex Sims and Alex Lynn who finished second and third respectively. Red Bull junior Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) came fourth, followed by Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), who benefited from the retirement of Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports). Behind Roman Cheever, who lives just half an hour from the circuit, Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) had to defend his sixth position against Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) while Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing) hoped for a mistake of the pairing driving ahead of him. Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) finished ninth in his home race, with Felix Rosenqvist who impressed with remarkable fighting spirit and gained a lot of ground securing 10th place. Particularly in the first half of the race he passed driver by driver and battled his way up from 27th position on the grid to finish 10th.

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“It goes without saying that I’m happy about this win but it isn’t more important than any other win in this season. It definitely was a difficult race as Alex was pushing hard. During the small battle with Alex in the opening stages I didn’t think about the fight for the title. But I didn’t take too many risks and had he been much faster I’d have to let him go. For me, it was of major importance to finish ahead of Felix and I succeeded in doing so.”

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“I pressurised Raffaele a lot and gave my very best to force him into a mistake. But unfortunately, he didn’t do me this favour. So, I had no chance of passing him although my pace was as good as the one of Raffaele. I think we made a good team effort, here.”

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam)
“I think my race wasn’t too bad. We realised as early as in the qualifying sessions that my pace was really good and by securing a podium, I successfully made use of this pace. I added important points for the battle for third championship position to my tally and also reduced the gap to the second-placed driver, Felix Rosenqvist.”