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Sep 06

GP2 Series round 11 preview: Monza, Italy

The title race is on!

GP2 SeriesGP2 - MonzaLast week in Spa, the tenth round of the 2012 GP2 Series™ season was not short of action and drama. It was a weekend of firsts: Rio Haryanto surprised the rest of the field and stormed to a maiden pole position. On the Saturday, it was Marcus Ericsson’s turn to shine as he pocketed his first win of the season whilst on the following day Josef Kral finally enjoyed a maiden GP2 victory.

It was not a great weekend on the other hand for Series leader Luiz Razia who left the Belgium track with no points. His closest rival, Davide Valsecchi added another podium finish to his 2012 record and the two men are now co-leaders on 204 points with two rounds to go this season. Rookie James Calado impressed again by adding two podium finishes to his already remarkable GP2 career. The Brit is now third in the drivers’ classification, ten points ahead of teammate Esteban Gutiérrez.

A short week after Spa, the GP2 Series™ will face its biggest challenge of the year in Monza this week as the drivers prepare for the fastest race of the season. The 5.793-kilometres long Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is characterised by a series of long straights and tight chicanes, which provide a tough test for the tyres as well as the cars and drivers.

The drivers will have the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft tyres available to them. There are three corners that are expected to pose the biggest challenges: the first chicane, characterised by heavy downhill braking, the Ascari curves with their several rapid direction changes and the famous Parabolica, a wide, open radius corner that puts a lot of lateral stress through the tyres. Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola said:

“For GP2, the combination of hard and soft tyres will open up the possibility for a number of different race strategies with what should be a notable speed differential between the two compounds, Because of this, we would expect the GP2 drivers to use the soft compound in qualifying.”

Autodromo Nazionale di Monza // Length 5.793 km
Race 1 30 laps – 173.481 km // Race 2 21 laps – 121.344 km

Previous winners
2011 Filippi (Scuderia Coloni) // Vietoris (Racing Engineering)
2010 Bird (ART Grand Prix) // Vietoris (Racing Engineering)
2009 Van der Garde (iSport Intl.) // Razia (Scuderia Coloni)
2008 Di Grassi (Barwa Intl. Campos) // Valsecchi (Durango)
2007 Pantano (Campos Grand Prix) // Glock (iSport International)
2006 Pantano (Petrol Ofisi FMS Intl.) // Pantano (Petrol Ofisi FMS Intl.)
2005 Kovalainen (Arden International) // Jani (Racing Engineering)

Lap Record (2009)
V. Petrov (Barwa Addax Team) 1:30.007 // 231.701 kph

// Friday 7th September 2012
12:00 // 12:30 Practice Session
16:00 // 16:30 Qualifying Session
18:00 Press Conference
// Saturday 8th September 2012
15:25 Pit lanes opens
15:30 Pit lanes closes – Grid
15:40 Race 1 // Feature Race Start (30 laps / 60 mins.)
18:00 Press Conference
// Sunday 9th September 2012
10:20 Pit lanes opens
10:25 Pit lanes closes – Grid
10:35 Race 2 // Sprint Race Start (21 laps / 45 mins.)

Drivers’ Standings

  1. Luiz Razia 1M 3M 204
  2. Davide Valsecchi 2M 1M 204
  3. James Calado 2M 160
  4. Esteban Gutiérrez 2M 1M 150
  5. Giedo Van der Garde 1M 141
  6. Max Chilton 1M 124
  7. Fabio Leimer 103
  8. Marcus Ericsson 1M 89
  9. Felipe Nasr Rookie 85
  10. Johnny Cecotto Jr. 2M 80
  11. Jolyon Palmer 1M 62
  12. Nathanaël Berthon 59
  13. Rio Haryanto 36
  14. Stefano Coletti 35
  15. Tom Dillmann 1M 29
  16. Josef Král 1M 27
  17. Stéphane Richelmi 25
  18. Nigel Melker 25
  19. Fabio Onidi 13
  20. Julián Leal 7
  21. Rodolfo González 6
  22. Simon Trummer 4
  23. Fabrizio Crestani 1
  24. Brendon Hartley 1
  25. Daniel De Jong Rookie 0
  26. Dani Clos 0
  27. Sergio Canamasas Rookie 0
  28. Ricardo Teixeira 0
  29. Giancarlo Serenelli Rookie 0
  30. Victor Guerin Rookie 0
  31. Renè Binder Rookie 0
  32. Jon Lancaster Rookie 0

Teams’ Standings

  1. Lotus GP 2M 3M 310
  2. DAMS 2M 1M 289
  3. Arden International 1M 3M 208
  4. Racing Engineering 162
  5. Carlin 1M 160
  6. iSport International 1M 1M 151
  7. Caterham Racing 1M 147
  8. Barwa Addax Team 2M 1M 107
  9. Trident Racing 32
  10. Rapax 1M 29
  11. Ocean Racing Technology 26
  12. Venezuela GP Lazarus 1
  13. Scuderia Coloni 0

 source: GP2 Series

 

Barwa Addax

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source: addaxteam.com

Dams

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source: dams.fr

Racing Eng.

The Racing Engineering team are looking forward to Monza with high hopes.

The 2012 GP2 season reaches its final European weekend at the historic venue of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy. This exciting 5.793km circuit, built nearly ninety years ago, has been the venue of the Italian Grand Prix for every race since 1922. Famed for its long straights and legendary high speed corners such as the Curva Parabolica, Curva di Lesmo and Variante Ascari, Monza has been the site of some of the closest finishes in the history of Grand Prix racing.

Both of Racing Engineering’s drivers are looking to put the disappointments of last weekend’s Spa races behind them as the GP2 teams assemble in Monza for round 11 of the 2012 GP2 Series. The Belgian weekend saw Fabio Leimer finishing 5th in the Sprint Race after starting 23rd on the grid, following a first lap retirement in the Feature Race, an incredible achievement in just 18 laps. For Nathanaël Berthon it was a weekend to forget as both races were ruined for the young Frenchman by being the innocent victim in other drivers’ incidents but, in both races, he was amongst the fastest cars on the circuit and would have been a serious contender for the podium on both Saturday and Sunday.

For the fastest race in the GP2 calendar Pirelli will be supplying the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft tyres and it is expected that there will be a notable difference in the lap times of the two compounds making the tyre strategy for qualifying and both races very important.

The 2011 Monza weekend saw Christian Vietoris take the win for Racing Engineering from Fabio Leimer in the Sunday race which must make the young Swiss driver a very strong contender for victory and Nathanaël Berthon’s pace at Spa shows that he is now amongst the fastest of the 2012 GP2 Series drivers.

Below Fabio Leimer looks back at Spa and forward to Monza: Fabio, the Belgian GP2 round was not as good as expected, but you nevertheless finished on a positive note given the spectacular Sprint Race on Sunday. How was this race from your perspective?

Yes, the weekend was not great; we had some slight problems in qualifying and had to settle for 8th place. In race 1 I sadly had an accident on the first lap and therefore the race was finished really quickly. Consequently I had to start race 2 from the back of the field. But we saw from Nathanaël’s data from race 1 that the car was really fast, but even then did I not expect to finish the race in fifth place.

After Spa, a rather fast track, GP2 moves on to the Autodromo di Monza, another fast and legendary race track. Do you like the track layout?

I like the Autodromo di Monza a lot and have been fast there each year; therefore my expectations are very high. The track layout looks very simple, but that does not make it easy to drive. You cannot make the slightest mistake as there is always a long straight coming up where you can lose a lot of time. I am sure the race will be very interesting as it’s a track with several possibilities to overtake and slipstreaming will be a crucial factor.

In your opinion, what will be the main factors to consider in Monza in order to obtain a good result?

Qualifying will be important as the goal has to be to start from the front and so be able to fully concentrate on the race. It looks like it will be a dry weekend so, unlike Spa; the weather conditions should not influence the results.

Throughout the entire season it is clear that you were always one of the fastest drivers on track, yet it has not yet been possible for you to snatch a race win. Do you think it can/will happen in Monza?

I hope I can still win a race this season. We have already shown all season long that we are one of the fastest, but we also often I’ve had a lot of bad luck. But there are still two race weekends left to win a race.

TIMETABLE:

  • Practice: Fri 07 Sep 2012, 12:00 (GMT+2)
  • Qualifying: Fri 07 Sep 2012, 16:00 (GMT+2)
  • Race 1: Sat 08 Sep 2012, 15:40 (GMT+2)
  • Race 2: Sun 09 Sep 2012, 10:35 (GMT+2)

source: racing-engineering.com

iSport

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source: isportinternational.com

Lotus ART GP2 team

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source: art-grandprix.com

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Caterham Racing

  • GP2 Race Preview
  • Monza, Italy
  • Wednesday 5th September

Caterham Racing prepares for the fastest race of the year at the penultimate round of the 2012 GP2 season at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza circuit near Milan.

In the last European race before the GP2 series heads to Singapore for the season finale the drivers will take on the challenges of the long straights and tight chicanes that characterise the historic Italian circuit. With the Pirelli P Zero hard and soft tyres as the compound choices in Monza a number of different race strategy options will be available to teams and a notable speed differential between the two compounds will put a strong emphasis on choosing the correct tyre strategy.

GP2 Schedule:

Friday 7th September

  • 12.00 – 12.30hrs Practice Session
  • 16.00 – 16.30hrs Qualifying Session

Saturday 8th September

  • 15.25 / 15.30hrs Pit Lane opens / closes
  • GP2 Race 1: 15.40hrs 30 laps (excl. formation)/ 60 mins.

Sunday 9th September

  • 10.20 / 10.25hrs Pit Lane opens / closes
  • GP2 Race 2: 10.35hrs 21 laps (excl. formation)/ 45 mins.

Rodolfo Gonzalez “My main focus for Monza is to have a good clean qualifying session on Friday to maximise the chance of scoring points over the weekend. Monza is a fast, high speed track with lots of overtaking opportunities. The first corner at the start of the race will no doubt be quite busy so my aim will be to stay out of trouble there and get my head down so we can have a good strong race on Saturday to put us in the best position to score points on Sunday.”

Giedo van der Garde “We had really good race pace in the Spa sprint race and I hope we can keep that momentum going in Monza for the penultimate round of our season. I feel confident our standard setup will work well for us in Italy so we must stay sharp and make no mistakes so we can gain from every opportunity and score some points. There is always an element of luck involved in racing but I believe we have the potential to challenge for a win here which has to be our main goal. I really like Monza – it’s a technical track and it’s always an exciting race so I am looking forward to getting out there and giving it everything I’ve got!”

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer “We move on from Spa to Monza for the second part of our double header and the last European round of the championship. As usual we are optimistic and hoping to do well. This is a very different track to most we go to – the cars reach high speeds on the long straights and there are heavy braking areas into the turns but both Giedo and Rodolfo like the track and are keen to get going. There is a lot of history ib Monza and the atmosphere is always great so let’s hope we can give the fans a good show and leave Italy with some decent points and another trophy for the cabinet.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett “This is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar. It might look like a combination of straights and tight chicanes but it is quite technical too. You need low downforce and a car that’s good over the kerbs, but it is heavy on the brakes so you must be careful and have good stability under braking. The weather looks set to be fine for all three days on track which is good news and after Giedo’s race in Spa we are all up for the challenge and feeling quite confident. As the season comes to a close our main aim must be to close the gap in the championship so really nothing less than a win will do.”

source: caterham-racing.com

Scuderia Coloni

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source: scuderiacoloni.com

Trident Racing
Trident Racing

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source: tridentracing.it

Venezuela GP Lazarus
Venezuela GP Lazarus

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source: teamlazarus.it

Rapax Team

Rapax

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Arden

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source: arden-motorsport.com

Ocean Racing

Ocean optimistic for Monza

After the misfortunes in the last round at Spa Francorchamps, Ocean Racing Technology has moved on to the next round of the 2012 GP2 Series Championship at Monza, determined to get good results. Nigel Melker, who was involved in a violent accident at the Belgian track, is almost fully recovered and should take part in the penultimate round alongside Victor Guerin once again.

Despite still feeling some back pain, Melker fully expects that come Friday he will be fully recovered and able to do a good job over the week-end: “I really want to be able to compete in this race. Only two rounds until the end of the season and in the second half of the season we have been more competitive. Monza is a fast circuit and I’m sure that once again we will be able to show our full potential,” said the Dutchman.

Victor Guerin is confident that everything will be better in Monza: “This is a faster track and less technical, so I believe I ‘ll adapt better in regard to my evolution in GP2. We have been progressing well, although it may not be reflected in the results because this championship is very competitive with many good drivers in the sport, which makes it harder to get good results, especially at the start because I got halfway through the season without having conducted any testing. But I believe that everything will be different this weekend,” said the Brazilian driver who really wants to secure his first points of the season.

Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes are pleased to have Nigel Melker back: “After such a huge fright, it is very good to know that Nigel was able to recover so quickly. He still has to undergo a medical evaluation by the FIA doctors, but we believe everything will go well and he will be back to his normal pace over the week-end,” they said.

Sky Sports will broadcast both races, the first on Saturday at 3:35pm and the second on Sunday at 10:30am.

source: oceanracingtech.com

Carlin
Carlin

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source: carlin.co.uk

 
Pirelli

2012 GP3 SERIES CONCLUDES AT PIRELLI’S HOME RACE

The GP2 and GP3 series will face its biggest challenge of the year in Monza later this week as both championships prepare for the fastest race of the season. The Italian race will mark the eighth and final round of this year’s GP3 series and is the penultimate race in this year’s GP2 series.

Based close to the home of Pirelli in Milan, The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is 5.793-kilometres in length and is one of the oldest circuits on the championship calendar. The circuit is characterised by a series of long straights and tight chicanes, which provide a tough test for the tyres as well as the cars and drivers.

The GP2 drivers will have the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft tyres available to them, while the GP3 Series will use the hard compound only. There are three corners that are expected to pose the biggest challenges: the first chicane, characterised by heavy downhill braking, the Ascari curves – with their several rapid direction changes – and the famous Parabolica, a wide, open radius corner that puts a lot of lateral stress through the tyres.

Under the latest GP2 rules introduced in July that allows the drivers an extra set of the softer tyres at each race, each car will be supplied with three sets of Pirelli P Zero hard tyres and two sets of P Zero Yellow soft tyres. The GP2 drivers are likely to use the softer compound during qualifying, before moving onto the harder compound during the race. Pit stops are also now allowed in both GP2 races, while the GP3 drivers are expected to go the whole race distance without stopping.

The GP3 Series will use just one compound for the race weekend, the hard compound. As the closing round of the championship, the Monza race is crucial for all the GP3 drivers, so they will be pushing hard throughout the weekend. But as always, tyre management will be important. Following a late charge from Carlin driver Antonio Felix da Costa in Spa, there is still everything to play for in the championship, although Arden driver Mitch Evans continues to lead the standings.

Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola said: “Having supplied the GP3 Series since 2010, it seems incredible that we are approaching the end of our third season in the category already. During that time, we have been able to accumulate a huge amount of experience, which has enabled us to fine-tune the compounds to best suit the demands of the championship and the needs of the young drivers that take part of it. For us it has been a privilege to see these young drivers move forward in their careers, and we hope that the knowledge they have picked up about tyre management and strategy will be useful to them as they aim for the pinnacle of the sport. Once more, the field has been exceptionally talented this year and we look forward to another exciting conclusion to the championship this weekend. For GP2, the combination of hard and soft tyres will open up the possibility for a number of different race strategies with what should be a notable speed differential between the two compounds, Because of this, we would expect the GP2 drivers to use the soft compound in qualifying.”

On Friday, the GP3 drivers will take part in one practice session in Monza while the GP2 drivers will complete practice and qualifying. On Saturday, the GP3 drivers will have their qualifying session in the morning, followed by the GP2 feature race at 15.40 and the GP3 feature race at 17.20. Before the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, the GP3 sprint race will take place at 09.00, followed by the GP2 sprint race at 10.35.

source: pirelli.com

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