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GP2

Mitch Evans

Berthon cruises to Budapest sprint win – 
 
Frenchman leads from lights to flag
 
Nathanaël Berthon has claimed his maiden GP2 victory in fine style, leading his rivals from pole to flag with a mature drive to win this morning’s sprint race in Budapest by over two seconds from Mitch Evans and Fabio Leimer.
 
The result was set up at the start: when the lights went out Berthon made a solid start, with Evans pulling away from the other side of the front row in formation, while behind them Leimer made a great start from P6 to be third at the first corner. Marcus Ericsson renewed hostilities with Felipe Nasr from yesterday by jumping past the Brazilian, with the pair making short work of passing Simon Trummer and Stéphane Richelmi as the field headed down the hill from the front straight.
 
But there was chaos behind them as everyone looked for space, with Sergio Canamasas and Daniel de Jong coming together out of the first turn: the Dutchman spun into Johnny Cecotto while Adrian Quaife-Hobbs had nowhere to go but into the Spaniard, with the resulting damage leading to a safety car period to remove the stricken cars.
 
One lap later the race ran live, with Berthon making a strong restart to hold his lead before heading away as he set a string of fastest laps to build a lead to last all race. Behind him Evans’ engineer was pushing for caution, however, knowing that 28 laps at the Hungaroring is long, and hard on tyres.
 
With the race running down, everyone picked up the pace around lap 20, and the question on everyone’s lips was whether Berthon would be able to respond: Evans started to close the gap, but the Frenchman was able to pick up enough pace to offset some of the losses, and although the New Zealander cut a few seconds out of him lead, Berthon held on to easily win by 2.2 seconds, with Leimer 11 seconds further back in third.
 
Ericsson drove another mature race to pick up points for fourth, while Nasr fell away from the Swede in the second half of the race but hung on from James Calado for fifth, while Trummer had a lonely race for P7 when Sam Bird dropped away in the closing laps, but still clung on for the final point in eighth.
 
Despite a tough weekend with no hint of points on offer, Stefano Coletti will nevertheless be delighted to head into the August break with the lead in the championship in his pocket, on 135 points from Nasr on 129, while Leimer closed in on 110 points, ahead of Bird on 92 and Calado on 90. Carlin eased away from Rapax in the Teams’ title, 193 points to 153, with RUSSIAN TIME on 143 points, Racing Engineering on 132 and DAMS on 121 ahead of the next round in Spa-Francorchamps.
Budapest – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
2.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
3.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
4.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
5.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
7.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
8.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
10.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
11.
Tom Dillmann
Rapax
12.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
13.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
14.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
16.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
17.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
18.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
19.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
20.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
21.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Not Classified
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Adiran Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Jon Lancaster (Hilmer Motorsport) – 1:32.056on lap 8

GP3

Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix)

Home hero Harvey victorious in Silverstone Race 1-
 
ART GP rookie takes maiden win in GP3…
 
Happy Harvey! After narrowly missing out on pole position to Kevin Korjus, Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) made a brilliant start to claim his debut win in the category, topping it off by taking the honours at his home race in front of a large, enthusiastic Silverstone crowd, as well as pocketing points for fastest lap. Korjus (Koiranen GP) was second with ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia third.
 
Clear skies and a temperature of 20 degrees awaited the 27 GP3 drivers as they lined up on the grid. Korjus had pole but it was Harvey from P3 who made a great getaway to move into the lead and demote Korjus and Regalia. His ART Grand Prix teammate Conor Daly was also another man on the move, unfortunately the American made a jump start from P9 into P2 by the first corner.
 
Harvey was quick to build an advantage at the front, increasing the gap lap, by lap. Daly remained in P2, ahead of Korjus, Regalia, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing.) There was a collision between Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP) and Trident’s David Fumanelli when the young Finn made contact with the back of the Italian’s machine which sent him airborne. Kujala was able to climb out of the car but the safety car was deployed due to the incident.
 
The safety car was released with a handful of laps remaining and Harvey managed the gap back to his rivals to retain his advantage. Daly had been issued with a 10-second drive-through penalty for a jump start and served it once the safety car had come in which dropped him down the order, thus moving Korjus and Regalia into second and third.
 
In the final laps the action continued to hot up with Carlin’s Nick Yelloly passing Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) for P6. Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) in P8 then fancied his chances on the Swiss driver but Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) seized the opportunity to overtake the Spaniard in front of his home crowd. The move was done until they duo went wheel to wheel with the Scot ending up on the grass, into a spin and a premature end to his race. Sainz was able to continue but lost pace and dropped down the order.
 
As the chequered flag was waved, it was a celebratory fist in the air for Harvey achieving his first win in the GP3 Series. Korjus, Regalia, Kvyat, Ellinas, Yelloly, Fontana, Giovanni Venturini, Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) and Dino Zamparelli (Marussia Manor Racing) completed the top ten points scoring positions. Trident’s Venturini will line-up on reverse pole for tomorrow’s Race 2 which will commence at 08.20 GMT.
 
Ellinas remains on top in the Drivers’ Standings on 65, with Korjus and Daly on 59 and 51 respectively. ART Grand Prix lead the Teams Standings on 126, Koiranen GP is second on 102 and MW Arden are third with 75.
Silverstone – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
3.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
7.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
8.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
9.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
10.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
12.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
13.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
14.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
17.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
20.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
21.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
23.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
24.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
25.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
Not Classified
David Fumanelli
Trident
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
 
Fastest Lap : Jack Harvey – ART Grand Prix : 1 :48.743 on lap 13

GP3

David Fumanelli

DAVID FUMANELLI FASTEST ON FINAL DAY OF TESTING AT SILVERSTONE – 

Trident’s David Fumanelli tops timings on day 2 in Silverstone
 
Italian racer David Fumanelli posted the fastest time of the Silverstone two-day test with a 1:45.213 set in the morning session. This was a very impressive lap as it was a mammoth 4.9 seconds quicker than the GP3 lap record set in Silverstone last year, again showing the performance and speed of the new GP3/13 car and providing a very positive conclusion to pre-season testing. Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) was quickest in the afternoon session.
 
It was another bitterly cold day at the Northamptonshire circuit as the drivers braved the conditions for the final day of testing in temperatures of just two degrees. The MW Arden duo of Robert Visoiu and Carlos Sainz Jnr, along with ART Grand Prix drivers’ Jack Harvey and Facu Regalia were first to set competitive lap-times. Spaniard Sainz Jnr broke into the 1m46s barrier early on with a half a second advantage over Fumanelli.
 
There was a short halt in proceedings when Bamboo Engineering’s Carmen Jorda spun, once the action resumed, Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio made his way to the top of the timings. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) stopped on track which brought the second red flag of the day. Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli flew to P1 with the quickest time of the two-day test at that point before Regalia demoted the Brit’ to P2 and became the first driver to dip into the 1m45s, 3 tenths faster.
 
With one hour left on the clock, all eyes were on Fumanelli as he posted a stunning laptime to go 6 tenths clear of the Argentine. Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Sainz Jnr rose to P3 and P4 whilst there was a third red flag with a second spin for Jorda in the final moments of the session.
 
The order at the chequered flag was Fumanelli, Regalia, Fontana, Sainz Jnr, Zamparelli, Vainio, Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering), Ellinas, Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing).
 
Most drivers in the afternoon session concentrated on long runs in preparation for the upcoming races. Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to go P1 until Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) and Ellinas shot to the top of timesheets at the midway point. With just over one hour remaining, Regalia went fastest until Ellinas reclaimed back his position at the head of the timings.
 
Conor Daly moved up the order, posting the fourth quickest time as the minutes ticked down. Standings at the chequered flag were Ellinas, Regalia, Harvey, Daly, Venturini, Cassidy, Nick Yelloly, Vainio, Zamparelli and Korjus.
   
Jenzer Motorsport’s Samin Gomez did not participate in the test today due to illness.
 
The opening round of the 2013 season gets underway at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona on 11-13 May and it promises to be a thrilling season with the introduction of the second generation car.
 
 
Day 2: Morning Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:45.213
24
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:45.855
25
3.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.040
31
4.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:46.107
25
5.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.157
27
6.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:46.226
24
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:46.262
16
8.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.281
21
9.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:46.282
23
10.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.336
31
11.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.350
28
12.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:46.399
36
13.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:46.406
19
14.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:46.437
25
15.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.468
20
16.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Engineering
1:46.526
32
17.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:46.539
20
18.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.888
35
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.039
33
20.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:47.312
11
21.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:47.388
23
22.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:47.869
18
23.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:48.380
21
24.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:48.754
22
25.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:49.760
15
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:50.519
17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 2: Afternoon Session*
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.821
20
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:46.194
33
3.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.266
34
4.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:46.407
28
5.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:46.440
37
6.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.476
21
7.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.483
32
8.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:46.496
15
9.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.543
18
10.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:46.650
14
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.876
27
12.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:47.004
22
13.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:47.056
23
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.109
37
15.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Engineering
1:47.385
30
16.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.480
24
17.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:47.514
24
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:47.629
36
19.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:48.036
31
20.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:48.115
20
21.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:48.234
44
22.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:48.276
23
23.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:48.731
24
24.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.918
18
25.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:50.540
21

 

Motorsports Mondial

Photo: caterhamf1

Caterham completes day two of testing at Barcelona.

Vitaly Petrov: “I think that was a pretty positive day. We completed 69 laps and got through most of what we had planned. This morning we had a couple of issues with the seating position and the brakes, but you expect that from a new car and they were little things that we were able to fix quickly. In the afternoon we put in a few more long runs and that’ll give us a lot of data to work on tonight and I think tomorrow it will be more of the same.

“Physically I feel really good. It’s obviously been a while since I’ve been in a car, but I’ve kept up my fitness levels and I enjoyed myself on track, so it’s a good first day back. One thing I have noticed is that this car behaves a little differently from my previous experience and I think I may have to adjust my driving style to get the best out of it – I’ve been quite aggressive before, but I think this car responds better to smoother inputs, so that’s something I can work on, and work with the engineers on. Let’s see what we can come up with for tomorrow.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “A very reasonable first day with Vitaly in the car. We spent some time this morning getting him acclimatised, focusing particularly on the brakes, but he has settled in well and did exactly what we asked of him today. We have a few points to work on tonight, one of those being to understand how to give him a setup he feels most comfortable with, so tomorrow we expect to be able to continue to progress when he’s back on track for the second day.”

Riad Asmat, Caterham Group Chief Executive Officer: “A good way to introduce Vitaly to the team on track. He acquitted himself well today, putting in a decent number of laps and working well with us to fine-tune the basic setups we need to give him so he’s comfortable in the cockpit. As first days go this was pretty much faultless, and that’s exactly what we wanted from him.”

Lotus GP’s Aaro Vainio quickest in day two of testing in Portugal. 

Finnish driver Aaro Vainio ended the first official GP3 Series pre-season Test as fastest man on day two in Estoril. His best laptime was one second quicker than the benchmark set by Nico Muller yesterday. Vainio had been within the top four quickest drivers on day one and continued his good form into the second day. After heading the morning timesheets, Vanio remained unchallenged for the rest of the day.

It was another glorious day at the Circuito do Estoril for the second and final day of testing for GP3 Series. The early morning pace setter was Mitch Evans, until Vainio claimed control of the session after around thirty minutes. The Finn remained top of the standings. Seven drivers broke into the 1’30s barrier, making a significant improvement on the times set on day one.

Antonio Felix Da Costa was hot on the tails of Vainio’s best efforts and was closely followed by Evans and Conor Daly. Cypriot driver Tio Ellinas then produced a fine effort to shoot up to second fastest and the Marussia Manor Racing star maintained his second quickest time, less than a tenth behind the Lotus GP driver.  

Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss repeated his day one form with the sixth fastest lap, whilst Patric Niederhauser made massive steps from his best of 16th on day one, to seventh at the close of the morning session. All three Jenzer Motorsport drivers completed times within the top ten, with Mathéo Tuscher the 15 year old, again impressing with the eighth fastest lap ahead of Robert Visoiu in tenth. German driver Daniel Abt in the Lotus GP split the Jenzer Motorsport drivers posting the ninth fastest time. 

The session was briefly red flagged twice when new recruit to GP3 Series, Vicky Piria, spun and stopped on the circuit after testing the limits whilst getting to grips with her second time testing for Trident Racing. 

The afternoon session was eerily quiet for the first hour and then the action began to hot up. Matias Laine took control and was joined by Da Costa at the top of the timesheets. Micki Weckstrom then snuck into second position. Within the last hour Ellinas jumped from third to first while Swiss driver Niederhauser progressed to second. 

Da Costa was third with Marlon Stockinger for Status Grand Prix in fourth. Laine, Kiss and Weckstrom were next in fifth, sixth and seventh. Italian David Fumanelli was eighth fastest ahead of Evans and Nico Müller. Times were around a second slower compared to the morning session.

Motorsports Mondial

Photo: tridentracing

First female driver in GP3 signs with Trident Racing

Vicky Piria will be lining-up in the 2012 GP3 Series with Trident Racing. The team, owned by Maurizio Salvadori, is proud to announce the positive outcome of the talks with the highly talented female racer. The Milan-based driver will be forming an all-Italian combination.

Only a few female racers have enjoyed success in open-wheel racing, but that’s extra motivation for Vicky. Her entry in the 2012 GP3 Series represents an important step towards Formula 1. Despite being just 18, she undertook a tough winter training regime and the team were pleased with her results. 

For Trident Racing, the agreement with Piria is a valuable step forward in it’s newborn GP3 program. As the team always look forward to promote young, talented racers, the Italian squad is proud to give an opportunity to shine to an ambitious and great racer like Vicky.

Vicky Piria

“After ending the 2011 F.Abarth season I had the chance to test a Formula 3 car as I saw that as a possible chance for my open-wheel career. When Trident Racing explained to me the details of their GP3 Series program though, I immediately knew that it was the right thing to do for me. I know that there will be many tough aspects to overcome, especially because there will be a lot of more experienced drivers among my opponents. That said, I feel no pressure. I know I can afford a year learning and I’m aware that my goal for 2012 will be to improve step-by-step every lap. 

“I want to learn the tracks which are almost unknown to me and a car that I haven’t driven before. I know I can rely on the help of Trident Racing’s engineers. We immediately got in touch with each other and I wasn’t scared at all in signing with a team I had never tested with. I’m excited by the idea of racing at the same events of Formula 1, and I believe that every driver aiming at the most prestigious series in the world knows that GP3 and GP2 are proven stepping stones”.