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Sep 09

GP2: Valsecchi back on top in Monza sprint

Second local win for the weekend

GP2 - Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering), Davide Valsecchi (DAMS), Jolyon Palmer (iSport International)GP2 - Davide Valsecchi (DAMS)David Valsecchi kept his countrymen smiling by claiming the second Italian win of the weekend with a commanding drive in this morning’s sprint race in Monza, controlling the pace and his rivals to ease home ahead of Fabio Leimer and Jolyon Palmer. 

The Italian’s win was set up at the start when he split front row starters Stefano Coletti and Palmer with a storming start as the lights went out. Leimer followed Valsecchi after running inside Coletti at turn one and easing into P2, while behind them Esteban Gutiérrez came together with Johnny Cecotto, and Marcus Ericsson missed his braking all together and had to run straight at the chicane.

The Swede eventually dropped back to just behind his teammate, who made short work of Coletti to put himself into a podium position the next time through the first turn. Behind them though, Fabio Onidi came in way too hot and collected Nigel Melker, with both drivers out on the spot, and Esteban Gutiérrez ran too deep trying to pass Giedo van der Garde into the Parabolica and found the wall.

Leimer was throwing everything he had at Valsecchi, who was equally determined to repel the attacks and get his championship bid back on track, and the pair pulled away from Palmer, who had his mirrors full of the Coletti/Ericsson battle behind him. The Swede eventually eased past, making it a 3 way fight for the final podium position.

And when the flag finally dropped it was Valsecchi who held on by just 0.4 seconds from Leimer, with the pair saluting each other after crossing the line. Palmer held on for third after Coletti and Ericsson ran side by side through Ascari on the final lap: Coletti hung on for fourth while Ericsson ran wide and lost places to Johnny Cecotto and Max Chilton in the run to the flag, and Julian Leal repelled a long challenge from Sergio Canamasas for the final point.

Valsecchi’s win eases the Italian ahead in the driver’s championship: he now leads on 229 points to Luiz Razia’s 204, while James Calado and Esteban Gutiérrez remain unchanged on 160 and 152 points respectively. DAMS take the lead in the team’s championship with 314 points to 312 for Lotus, with Arden third on 208 points as everyone look towards the final round of the 2012 season in Singapore in just 2 weeks time.

Monza – Sprint Race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Davide Valsecchi
DAMS
2.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
3.
Jolyon Palmer
iSport International
4.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
5.
Johnny Cecotto
Barwa Addax Team
6.
Max Chilton
Carlin
7.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
8.
Julian Leal
Trident Racing
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
Trident Racing
10.
Giedo van der Garde
Caterham Racing
11.
Sergio Canamasas
Venezuela GP Lazarus
12.
Rio Haryanto
Carlin
13.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
14.
James Calado
Lotus GP
15.
Nathanaël Berthon
Racing Engineering
16.
Luiz Razia
Arden International
17.
Simon Trummer
Arden International
18.
Ricardo Teixeira
Rapax
19.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
20.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Caterham Racing
21.
Felipe Nasr
DAMS
22.
Luca Filippi
Scuderia Coloni
 
Not Classified
 
Victor Guerin
Ocean Racing Technology
 
Nigel Melker
Ocean Racing Technology
 
Fabio Onidi
Scuderia Coloni
 
Esteban Gutiérrez
Lotus GP
 
Fastest Lap : Luca Filippi (Scuderia Coloni) – 1:33.507 on lap 21

source: GP2 Series

Barwa Addax

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source: addaxteam.com

Dams

Davide Valsecchi and DAMS retake the lead!

The DAMS team had a great weekend in Italy crowned by a superb victory in the second heat by its team leader. It helped Davide Valsecchi to extend his lead over his only remaining title challenger, Luiz Razia, to 25 points before the final round of the 2012 championship in Singapore. DAMS has also retaken the lead in the teams’ classification by two points. The only blot on an otherwise quasi-perfect performance was the fact that Lady Luck seems to have deserted Felipe Nasr, who again ran into mechanical problems.

The French team showed that it was in fighting form in free practice run in blazing sunshine as Felipe Nasr set the second-quickest time. This was confirmed in qualifying when Valsecchi clinched fourth place on the grid. Nasr looked like he was going to go even quicker, but stopped by gearbox problems he could do no better than tenth.

The first race, which was a bit wild, saw the DAMS leader take the flag in sixth place. His steadiness allied to the mistakes of his closest rivals put Davide back in the championship lead. Nasr collided with Leimer and retired.

On Sunday morning Valsecchi made a dream start in front of his home crowd from the second row and slipped between Joylon Palmer and Stefano Coletti to take the lead under braking for the Rettifilo chicane. He went on to score a crucial victory, which could prove decisive in the battle for the 2012 title, as well as setting the fastest lap. As Razia again failed to score the Italian is ideally placed before the final round in Singapore in two weeks’ time.

Jean-Paul Driot, CEO: “Work always pays off and again I’d like to congratulate the whole DAMS team. Davide was remarkable and he now has to clinch it in the final round of the season. But I’m very disappointed for Felipe who again showed just how quick he is. He is currently dogged by bad luck, and I sincerely hope that things will start to go his way and that he’ll score the victory he deserves.”

Davide Valsecchi: “It’s fantastic! I can’t tell you how happy I am to win here at Monza in front of my home crowd. I want to thank the whole team for preparing such a great car for me. I’ve opened up a good lead for the title, but it’s not over yet and there are still a lot of points up for grabs. I’m going to stay concentrated and give my all to win this championship and offer DAMS another title!”

Felipe Nasr: “The weekend got off to a good start in free practice. But then it started to go wrong with the gearbox problems in qualifying. And on Sunday starting from the back of the grid turned the race into a lottery and it all went wrong in the first corner. It’s a real pity and I hope to have better luck in Singapore.”

Next rendezvous: Singapore 22-23 September 2012

source: dams.fr

Racing Eng.

Superb second place for Fabio Leimer and Racing Engineering today in the Monza Sprint Race.

It was another ideal day for racing at Monza today with more blue skies and a track temperature of 33°. There was a clean start by all 26 cars and it was Fabio Leimer who got away from the line best, superbly out dragging one car on the straight and passing another into the first corner to take second place. At the end of the opening lap the Racing Engineering car was still in second place chasing Valsecchi with Coletti close behind in third.

Over the next 10 laps Leimer kept up constant pressure on Valsecchi, never less than a second behind the DAMS car, as both lapped within a few tenths of each other. Palmer was now in third place and Leimer was gradually able to open out a small gap over the Briton and by lap 10 the young Swiss was 1.3s ahead.

With 6 laps remaining Leimer was still just one second behind Valsecchi as he set his fastest lap of the race so far and he had now opened out a gap of 2.8 seconds over Palmer. Leimer now began to increase his pace and with 4 laps remaining he closed the gap to Valsecchi to 0.4 seconds as both men were now fighting with worn tyres after nearly 20 laps of Monza. As the cars entered the final lap both cars continued their battle but despite all of his best efforts he had to settle for second place, 0.4 seconds behind Valsecchi.

Nathanaël Berthon made a slow start and was lucky not to get involved in an accident in the first corner when several cars made contact right behind the Racing Engineering driver. Over the next few laps the young Frenchman dropped to 17th but he was able to get back to 15th by lap 7 including making a very good overtaking manoeuvre on Gonzalez.

Over the closing laps Berthon was 3.5 seconds behind Calado and he was now involved in a very close battle with Razia who was just 0.2 seconds behind. Despite all the pressure from the man currently lying second in the 2012 GP2 Series Berthon refused to give way and at the finish he crossed the line in 15th, 0.3 seconds ahead of Razia.

A good weekend for Racing Engineering with a 2nd and 5th place finishes for Leimer and with a little more luck Berthon could have had better results. There is now a two week gap before the teams travel to Singapore for their first race on the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering:

“A strong second place finish for Fabio today after a good start from P4. He drove well throughout the race and was constantly fighting for the fastest lap. This underlines the strong performance we had all weekend long.

Nat had a difficult start and was additionally blocked by some drivers around him. He then picked up a good pace and finished in P15 .”

Fabio Leimer:

“Today I had a very, very good start and immediately took P2, sadly though I could not catch Valsecchi in the first corners. After this I tried to create a gap to the cars behind us and I pushed for a couple of laps, but we pretty much had the same speed and I didn’t want to stress my tyres too much. I saved the tyres to attack at the end of the race, but Valsecchi was as consistent as I was and I pushed for the fastest lap, which I missed by only 2 hundredths of a second. Overall a good weekend and now we are ready to score more points in Singapore.”

Nathanaël Berthon:

“I missed my start, which complicated things through the first chicane, I lost some positions there. I didn’t feel comfortable with my car. This was a bad weekend for me, but I will keep on working. I would also like the opportunity to congratulate Fabio for his good weekend.”

source: racing-engineering.com

iSport

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR ISPORT IN MONZA

This weekend saw both iSport’s drivers, Marcus Ericsson and Jolyon Palmer, up on the podium in what was the last European race of the GP2 Season.

Friday’s Free Practice saw Ericsson get off to a flying start, and contending for the top spot throughout the 30 minute session, which saw the driver finish 5th. Palmer unfortunately was unable to get a clear lap, and finished in 20th place.

Qualifying saw a slower start for Ericsson, dropping to 12th place on his first outing. On his second stint, he improved on his lap times, and went up to 5th but in the final minutes he dropped down to 6th, where he finished after a Yellow flag ended the session early.

Palmer had a great start being in the top ten in the first half of Qualifying before pitting. He then went out 13th, but a spin by Chilton resulted in a yellow flag, preventing any improvement, leaving Palmer down to 15th place, a frustrating session for him.

The Feature Race on Saturday saw Palmer make a fantastic come back from 15th, after an incredible getaway taking him up 5 places on his first lap. The he continued to shine, making a great overtake on Gutierrez to take 9th place. After a pit stop shuffle Palmer sat in 7th place, with Valsecchi his next target but after an attempt to overtake the Championship leader, he decided to settle for an impressive 7th place.

Meanwhile Ericsson, who started 5th on the grid after Ceccoto’s 5-place penalty at Spa, had a good start to arrive at turn 1 in 3rd. After pitting he was 4th, but successfully made his move on Chilton, securing himself another podium finish in 3rd place.

Sunday’s Sprint Race saw Marcus start 6th, but move into 5th in the opening lap where he remained for a while. In a battle with Coletti, Ericsson took 4th but lost it shortly after, then after challenging Colletti again, ran wide and lost two places to Ceccoto and Chilton, which saw the Swedish driver finish 7th at the chequered flag.

Palmer who started on the front row, lost a couple of places in the opening lap, but made a move on Coletti to take 3rd. Coletti tried to regain his position from Palmer, but the iSport driver was too quick, and sailed away to make a lasting gap, securing his third podium finish of the season

Jolyon Palmer celebrating his 3rd podium of the season after Sunday’s Sprint Race.

Paul Jackson – Team Principal

“The team and both drivers have performed extremely well over these difficult double header races and have scored an impressive 66 points over the two weekends. Both drivers have raced really well and the engineering team has delivered a competitive car at two very demanding tracks. The workload continues with preparations for our trip to Singapore and the drivers go there feeling confident and looking forward to the challenge of another new and demanding track.”

Further quotes for Marcus Ericsson and Jolyon Palmer can be found on the drivers’ websites www.marcusericsson.com and www.jolyonpalmer.com

The results from the weekend saw iSport move up into 5th position in the Team Championship, just a few points behind Racing Engineering and Arden International, and leave the team in a position to challenge for one of the top spots.

The season Finale on 21-23 September in Singapore will be a whole new experience for GP2 and all the teams, with it being the first time GP2 have raced at the circuit.

source: isportinternational.com

Lotus ART GP2 team

The penultimate round of the 2012 GP2 Championship season, held at the super-fast circuit of Monza in Italy, didn’t go as well as LotusGP had hoped with the team experiencing their hardest weekend of the season, taking just two points courtesy of a ninth placed finish from Esteban Gutiérrez in race one.

A tough race followed a tough qualifying for both drivers with Esteban starting and finishing in ninth place after a glitch with the car saw him lose the hard fought positions he had gained. Race two was over before it really began when contact with another driver upset the handling of his car, sending him off track and out of the race.

For teammate James Calado, it was a disappointing weekend that saw him bow out of the championship battle after he failed to secure points in either race. James Calado and Esteban Gutiérrez are third and fourth in the drivers’ championship with 160 and 152 points respectively while Lotus GP slipped back to second in the team’s championship by two points with one round remaining. The team now looks ahead to the final round of the 2012 season in Singapore in 2 weeks’ time where the aim will be to take victory in the race and the team’s championship battle.

Esteban Gutiérrez: “It was not an ideal weekend, even though the team and I had the potential to do much better, and to keep our chances alive in the championship. I gained several positions at the start of the feature race but my engine cut off in turn 3 and I lost a lot of positions in a blink of an eye. The engine came back to life afterwards and I did my best to catch up but it was far from easy as we did not have enough speed in the straights. A car hit me in the first few kilometers of the sprint race and the balance of my car was upside down. Coming into the Parabolica, I locked up and went off track. We now have some work to do to be sure we can finish the season on a high in Singapore.”

James Calado: “It was one of our worst weekends and it was an extremely disappointing one. Firstly, because it does not reflect our true potential and secondly because we can no longer fight for the championship. We had our share of problems all weekend long and we could not fix all of them, despite a great team effort. I had hard times in the turns and was a sitting duck on the straights. We have to move on and to get back to our level of performance for the finale in Singapore in a fortnight where I will aim for the win.”

Frédéric Vasseur: “It was our hardest weekend of the season, we did not get it right set-up wise, Esteban and James had their misfortune and the conclusion is we paid the price. We have lost our first position in the teams’ championship and it’s up to us to get back on track and to make things right in Singapore. I have no doubt, no fear as I know the team and its drivers have the potential to get back on track and to fight for wins in a fortnight.”

source: art-grandprix.com

Caterham Racing logo

Caterham Racing

Caterham Racing Monza Race 2

  • GP2 Race Two
  • Monza, Italy
  • Sunday 9th September 2012

Giedo van der Garde made up an impressive 15 places to finish P10 in the GP2 sprint race in Monza, charging from the back of the grid and using all his skill and determination to negotiate the field and record an impressive top ten finish at the chequered flag.

Rodolfo Gonzalez once again made a good start and managed to climb three places from his grid position to finish the race P20. On reaching the flag Gonzalez pulled the curtain down on what can only be described as a disappointing weekend for Caterham Racing after such a promising performance in Friday’s qualifying session, in which van der Garde made P2.

The team now looks ahead to the series finale in Singapore, where they will hope to put in a more consistent performance in pursuit of valuable championship points. Caterham Racing still has an outside chance of securing a top three finish in the drivers’ championship with van der Garde currently sitting 19 points off third place.

Giedo van der Garde – P10 “Today’s race was as satisfying as it was frustrating. Starting in P26 I was able to drive with freedom as I really didn’t have anything to lose, and it was a very enjoyable experience. The car was in great condition and I kept pace with the leaders throughout. I knew after Friday’s qualifying session that we had a car that could compete and today’s performance only served to prove that. With a little more luck we would be leaving Monza and heading to Singapore still competitive in both championships. As it is, I have an outside chance of finishing third in the drivers championship and will head into the Singapore finale full of confidence that we can do just that.”

Rodolfo Gonzalez P20 “On the whole I am happy with how I started in both races this weekend, but am frustrated that I failed to sustain that momentum throughout. On a positive note I gained positions and finished both events. However, I am unhappy with my consistency throughout the season and will look to improve in Singapore to try and make sure I finish on a high.”

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer “We have had two fast cars here in Monza this weekend but sadly luck just wasn’t on our side. Both drivers made a good start today and Giedo drove extremely well to carve his way through the field to finish tenth, while Rodolfo had a clean race and finished 20th. But it’s a disappointing weekend overall. Now we move on to Singapore with high hopes that we can finish with some points and put on a good performance in front of the Asian fans we know will be supporting us all weekend.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett “Giedo drove superbly well and only just missed out on two points for the fastest lap. Gaining 15 places is testament to the condition the car was in, but also the quality he has as a race driver. It has been a frustrating weekend, but today gives us great confidence going into Singapore. We are yet to race there, but expect to have great support and, with a little luck, we should be able to end the season on a high and give the fans something to cheer about.”

source: caterham-racing.com

Scuderia Coloni

MONZA, RACE 2: A CONTACT STRIPS FILIPPI AND SCUDERIA COLONI OF A POSSIBLE WIN

After an amazing Saturday that saw Scuderia Coloni and Luca Filippi clinch a dominant win, the team experienced a bitter Sprint Race as Luca took the flag in P22 and Fabio Onidi retired after a crash on lap 2.

It was a pity because right at the start things were looking good: from P8 on the grid Filippi made a great start and at the exit of the first chicane he was 5th already. Unluckily, yesterday’s winner had to cope with some overzealous driving by his rivals: he was first slowed down by Ericsson, who instead should have backed off to give the position back after a huge chicane cut, and then he in the first Lesmo corner he was touched by Chilton. The contact damaged the right side of Luca’s front wing and slowed his pace considerably as he dropped to 11th place in just a couple of laps. The team had no other choice than calling him in the pits to change the wing and mount soft tyres, and that’s what they did on lap 5.

With his car back to full efficiency the Italian needed no time to show what his real pace was. He posted just one lap over the 1’34 mark, the first one on cold tyres, and then for the sixteen remaining laps all his times where in the 1’33”5-1’33”8 bracket, a pace that nobody else on track could match.

When Luca exited the pit-lane he had race leader Valsecchi right behind, but by the end of the race the Scuderia Coloni driver had disappeared in the distance, stretching a gap of 7” on the leading pack. As a final effort, Luca improved the fastest lap of the race on the very last lap posting a 1’33”507 that was a testament to the driver’s and car’s performance and showed that without the initial contact another win would have been possible.

Fabio Onidi’s race, meanwhile, lasted just two laps: after a good start from P21 the Italian driver managed to keep his position but on lap 2 he lost the car under braking at the first chicane and collided with a rival. Fabio was unharmed, but he had to retire from the race.

Luca Filippi: “It’s such a pity. Again we had an incredibly quick car and after the start I was fifth, so I’m sure that I could have gone for the win. We couldn’t do that because some drivers still think they can win the race at the first corner, but anyway we can still be happy because with that long sequence of fastest laps we showed that we were the ones to beat once again. I want to thank Scuderia Coloni for this chance, it was a dream weekend for me”.

Fabio Onidi: “I’m really disappointed. Something happened at the first chicane because the cars ahead slowed down too much and that caught me a bit by surprise. I braked harder but the rear got too light, the car just snapped into oversteer and I couldn’t avoid the crash. It was a really hard weekend, I hoped for more in my home race”.

source: scuderiacoloni.com

Trident Racing
Trident Racing

GP2 Monza – Race 2

Trident Racing was off to a positive day at Monza in the closing race of the weekend, the Italian one being the 11th round of the 2012 GP2 Series. Julian Leal managed to end up in 8th, scoring points for the fourth time this season. Thanks to an aggressive and error-free ride, he confirmed to be on a largely positive trend in the second part of the season.

Richelmi also drove a really positive race, logging some fast laps and being even faster than the top-3 at times. Despite the fact that he didn’t score points, the Monaco-based racer got a great feel with the car and confirmed his top-10 potential on-track.

The GP2 Series is about to take-off for its grand finale at the Singapore street course. For teams and drivers, the closing round of 2012 will be an absolute first time on such a fascinating venue.

Julian Leal, 8th

“The start has been good despite I was blocked by Cecotto and we risked a tangle that would have compromised the race. At the first corner I was in 8th, and then after having climbed up to 7th I started to manage my tires. We took-off with a softer compound and I wanted to avoid problems in the closing laps. I also had a tense moment when I was attacked with two to go on the inside of Roggia. I had no choice but cutting the chicane and I literally took-off over the kerb. Luckily the car was not damaged and I made it to the finish. I’m happy with the overall balance of the weekend. I ended up with two points positions and I confirmed the steady progress of the last few rounds”.

Stéphane Richelmi, 9th

“I’m really happy with my race pace today and I think we were among the fastest on-track. I paid a big price for a certain lack of aggression in the first couple of laps that cost me positions. With a more aggressive attitude in the first couple of laps I would have ended up into the points zone easily, but that’s been also a good experience for the future. Even though, with such tough qualifying I couldn’t end up on top, the speed potential is clear and positive”.

source: tridentracing.it

Venezuela GP Lazarus
Venezuela GP Lazarus

 GREAT RACES FOR VENEZUELA GP LAZARUS IN MONZA

The tens of thousands of fans who packed the grandstands of Monza during the weekend attended two races extremely hard fought, in which both drivers of Venezuela GP Lazarus, Sergio Canamasas and Rene Binder, have played an important role: at the end Monza was probably the best weekend of the season for the Italian team.

The race weekend did not seem to start in the best way: Canamasas in qualifying was able to conquer only the 18th position, while Binder (second race for him in GP2 and debut at Monza) conquered the 21st place, a result that satisfied him.

At this point, the team gets back to work with a single objective: gain positions! When the red lights turned off and race 1 started, Canamasas and Binder started well and without making mistakes and with a good strategy, they gain a few positions to finish respectively at 14th and 17th place.

Even better in race 2: Canamasas, ninth a few kilometers from the end, concludes 11° due to an error while trying to overtake Leal, while Binder crosses the finish line in P13 (starting P17) with a fantastic first lap.

So great satisfaction for the whole team in the home race in front of the fans and sponsors who came to encourage the team.

Tancredi Pagiaro, Team Principal

“We finished the weekend in Monza in the best way, proved once again to be very fast race. For example Binder, P13 at the end, made the best lap in 1.33.732, which is the 5 best lap overall! A very good job for the young Austrian driver that made a very good impression in Monza (and you have to add that he did not know the circuit…)

Good races for Canamasas too, who at the end of race 2 was in P9, struggling with Leal for the points: unfortunately he made a little mistakes and finished P11, but he did a great job.

The growth of the team is very impressive and I can say for sure that we not only deserved GP2 Series, but we are able to fight with teams who have a longer experience with this car and the Pirelli tires. So I want to thank all the guys who made a good job in Monza and our drivers: Binder and Canamasas demonstrated their talent and proved to be ready for the GP2 Series from the technical and sporting point of view.”

Rene Binder, #19

“Considering my lack of GP2 experience and the fact that I did my first laps in Monza it was an extremely good weekend for us.

I fully concentrated on the braking points in the first free practice and was quite surprised that my race pace was pretty competitive.

Especially in the second race, were I managed to set the 5th fastest lap overall, only 2 tenth off the top. I really enjoy every lap in that powerful car and have to thank Team Venezuela GP Lazarus for their great support over the last two weeks.”

source: teamlazarus.it

Rapax Team

Rapax

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source: rapaxteam.com


Arden

Arden International, GP2 Series 2012 – Monza Race Two

GP2 Race set for Singapore showdown

Arden driver Luiz Razia might not have scored any points during the penultimate GP2 weekend of the season at Monza, Italy, but a fortnight from now he’ll be competing for the championship title in Singapore.

The Brazilian was given a five-position grid penalty before the start, for his part in a collision with Fabio Leimer during yesterday’s race, but was destined to start towards the back anyway following his early retirement. From 25th, he picked his way steadily up the order to finish 16th. With closest rival Davide Valsecchi winning today for DAMS, however, Razia is 25 points adrift. He knows he’ll need two strong results at the Marina Bay street circuit… and then to hope other results go his way.

Team-mate Simon Trummer spent much of today’s race in Razia’s company. After losing a couple of positions during the opening lap, the Swiss finished 17th, 4.9s behind the Brazilian.

Luiz Razia comments:

“This has not been an easy weekend and I didn’t foresee that the championship situation would become so difficult. It is what it is, though, and I have to move on and put a bad weekend behind me. It’s time to forget about Monza and concentrate on Singapore. The title battle isn’t yet over and I will give it my best shot – as I have done throughout the season.”

Simon Trummer comments:

“Like Luiz, I have had a weekend that will not live long in the memory. I did my best this morning but simply wasn’t able to make much progress, I am now focusing on the forthcoming race in Singapore, a new track for me and I suspect for most other GP2 drivers, too. Unfamiliarity creates a more level playing field and I hope that will give me an opportunity to end the season on a high note.”

source: arden-motorsport.com

Ocean Racing

Ocean has one day in and one day out in Monza

The penultimate round of the GP2 Series took place this week-end on the Italian circuit of Monza. Ocean Racing Technology drivers Nigel Melker and Victor Guerin were in good spirits ahead of the first running on Friday with Melker qualifying 14th and Guerin 20th.

In race one the Dutchman worked his way up to 11th place while his Brazilian teammate crossed the line 23rd after being penalized for exceeding the speed limit in pit lane. In race two however, the drivers hopes of making up for Saturday’s misadventures were soon dashed when they were both rammed by opponents.

Nigel Melker reached the track of Monza still reeling from his violent accident at Spa, but he was highly motivated to achieve success. 14th place in qualifying shows the will of the driver, who was somewhat restricted by his physical limitations. In race one the Dutchman actually led the race before having to make his compulsory pit-stop and crossed the finish line near the points: “It was a good first race and I fought very hard. I tried my best and I was pleased with my performance. I actually did one of the fastest laps of the race! Everything indicated that the second race would be better and I would return to the points. But, at the entrance to the first turn I took a wallop from an opponent and that was the end of that. Hopefully the last round in Singapore will be free of these incidents that stop me from doing my job,” he said

Despite the outcome, Victor Guerin was happy with his performance on track: “I blew it and got a ‘drive-through’ in the first race, so an apology to the team for my mistake. But apart from that, I was pleased with the performance. During the second race I was rammed once again. Of course I’m disappointed because it is not the first time this has happened, but we chalk it up as a racing incident and will move on. Singapore will be better,” concluded the Brazilian driver.

The final round in Singapore takes place in two week’s time.

source: oceanracingtech.com

Carlin
Carlin

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source: carlin.co.uk


Pirelli

GP2 AND GP3 TYRES PROVE CRUCIAL AS SERIES DRAW TO A CLOSE

The Italian Grand Prix was the venue for the final round of the GP3 Series and the penultimate round of the GP2 Series, with New Zealander Mitch Evans claiming the GP3 title after a dramatic weekend in both championships.

For the fastest race of the year, the GP2 drivers had the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft tyres at their disposal, whereas the GP3 drivers had the P Zero Silver hard tyres available to them. There is generally low tyre degradation at Monza, but certain places such as the famous Parabolica put plenty of energy through the front tyres in particular, and high temperatures throughout the weekend also placed additional stress on the P Zero rubber.

Saturday’s 30-lap GP2 feature race was sensationally won by Italian driver Luca Filippi, returning to competition with Coloni after a 12-month absence. Filippi – who tested Pirelli’s next-generation GP2 tyres at Barcelona before travelling to Monza – qualified second on the grid behind Carlin’s Max Chilton.

Chilton started on used soft tyres, whereas Filippi opted for new hards. Filippi stopped on lap eight to change to used hards on the rear only, with Chilton stopping five laps later for a set of new hards. He came out just ahead of Filippi, but the Italian overtook him into the Ascari chicane. Addax driver Johnny Cecotto tried a different strategy, changing from new softs to new hards on lap 13 after saving his tyres in qualifying. He eventually finished in second, having started from eighth on the grid following a penalty.

The GP3 title could have been won on Saturday, but in a dramatic twist of events polesitter Evans was forced to retire early in the race – and then championship challengers Antonio Felix da Costa and Aaro Vainio were also unable to capitalise on the opportunity. This left Evans – who retained the championship lead despite his retirement in the feature race – and Lotus driver Daniel Abt as the only contenders, separated by 14 points.

Abt started the GP3 sprint race on Sunday in eighth while Evans started last, but the German driver had to win in order to have any chance of taking the title. Incredibly, Abt was on course to do this, until he was passed by Manor driver Tio Ellinas.

There were no pit stops during the second GP2 race on Sunday, which was won by Caterham’s Davide Valsecchi, who extended his championship lead heading into the final round. With just one set of P Zero hard tyres for the 21-lap race, drivers had to look after their tyres to avoid them going off, which led to plenty of overtaking in the closing stages.

Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola commented: “We enjoyed an action-packed weekend in Italy, but first of all I’d like to congratulate Mitch Evans and MW Arden on a well-deserved title win that was taken under almost unbelievable circumstances, ending what was probably the most spectacular and competitive season we have seen in our three years of supplying GP3. Next year there will be a new GP3 car and some new tyres for it, so this is a fantastic way to say goodbye to the current GP3 formula. I’d also like to congratulate Luca Filippi on a fantastic GP2 win on Saturday, which was made all the more special as he has been out of a car for so long. We saw some good tactics from Johnny Cecotto as well, who saved tyres in qualifying in order to have new sets for the race and made up six places. On Sunday, Davide Valsecchi typically looked after his tyres perfectly to win from third on the grid. This important skill is one of the reasons why he now has a good lead of the championship going into the final round.”

With the GP3 Series now over, there is just one deciding round left to go in GP2 at the Singapore Grand Prix from September 21-23.

source: pirelli.com