British Grand Prix GP2 Series preview
After a four week break, the 2013 GP2 Series™ returns to action this week at Silverstone with Stefano Coletti still leading the drivers’ standings.
The Monegasque ace looks strong and unstoppable having added another win to his 2013 record after dominating the rest of the field in the Sprint Race in Monaco.
But it was Sam Bird who impressed in the Feature Race on the streets of Monte Carlo to take a second win this season and move up to third in the drivers’ standings. Felipe Nasr remains second after another positive round. The Brazilian driver is the only one along with Coletti to have scored points at every single race this season, putting both Rapax and Carlin at the top of the teams’ standings. The only things missing on Nasr’s remarkable 2013 record are a maiden pole position and a long-awaited first win. Could Silverstone bring him glory?
The fifth round of the GP2 season will take place this weekend at a high-paced, abrasive and demanding track for both the drivers and the cars. Copse (Turn 9) which the cars take at high speed is the fastest and most challenging corner of the layout. The weather is also pretty unpredictable at Silverstone with the wet-weather tyres coming into play more often than not, and the ambient temperatures can vary a lot from a session to the next. Therefore, the Series sole tyre supplier Pirelli have selected Hard and Medium compounds.
Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola says:
“We’re set for another busy weekend. For GP2, we are bringing the hard and medium tyres – a combination we have not had in GP2 so far this year. Silverstone is a track that is quite abrasive in the parts that have not been resurfaced, and it demands a lot from the tyres, so the medium and hard compounds seemed the natural choice. We have seen a variety of strategies used this year already, and tyre management is set to play an important role once again this weekend.”
// Friday 28th June 2013
12:00 // 12:30 Practice Session
15:55 // 16:25 Qualifying Session
17:30 Press Conference // GP2 Paddock
// Saturday 29th June 2013
14:25 Pit lanes opens
14:30 Pit lanes closes – Grid
14:40 Race 1 // Feature Race Start (29 laps / 60 mins.)
17:30 Press Conference // GP2 Paddock
// Sunday 30th June 2013
09:20 Pit lanes opens
09:25 Pit lanes closes – Grid
09:35 Race 2 // Sprint Race Start (21 laps / 45 mins.)
Silverstone Circuit // Length 5.891 km
Race 1 29 laps – 170.705 km // Race 2 21 laps – 123.577 km
Bianchi (ART Grand Prix)
1:39.189 // 213.809 kph
2012 Gutiérrez (Lotus GP) // Razia (Arden International)
2011 Bianchi (Lotus ART) // Grosjean (DAMS)
2010 Maldonado (Rapax) // Pérez (Barwa Addax Team)
2009 Valerio (Piquet GP) // Maldonado (ART Grand Prix)
2008 Pantano (Racing Engineering) // Senna (iSport Intl.)
2007 Zuber (iSport Intl.) // Carroll (Petrol Ofisi FMS Intl.)
2006 Hamilton (ART Grand Prix) // Hamilton (ART Grand Prix)
2005 Rosberg (ART Grand Prix) // Pla (DPR)
- Stefano Coletti 3M 120
- Felipe Nasr 96
- Sam Bird 1M 1M 58
- Fabio Leimer 2M 54
- James Calado 40
- Robin Frijns Rookie 1M 37
- Mitch Evans Rookie 36
- Jolyon Palmer 31
- Kevin Ceccon 28
- Alexander Rossi Rookie 27
- Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rookie 23
- Johnny Cecotto Jr. 23
- Tom Dillmann 22
- Jon Lancaster 17
- Stéphane Richelmi 15
- Rene Binder 11
- Julián Leal 10
- Simon Trummer 8
- Marcus Ericsson 4
- Daniel Abt Rookie 3
- Conor Daly Rookie 2
- Rio Haryanto 2
- Daniël De Jong 1
- Jake Rosenzweig 0
- Kevin Giovesi Rookie 0
- Sergio Canamasas 0
- Pål Varhaug 0
- Nathanaël Berthon 0
- Ma Qing Hua Rookie 0
- Rapax 3M 128
- Carlin 127
- RUSSIAN TIME 1M 1M 80
- Racing Engineering 2M 64
- Arden International 59
- Hilmer Motorsport 1M 56
- ART Grand Prix 43
- Trident Racing 28
- EQ8 Caterham Racing 27
- MP Motorsport 24
- DAMS 19
- Venezuela GP Lazarus 11
- Barwa Addax Team 2
source: GP2 Series
ART Grand Prix
Racing Engineering and their drivers are ready for Silverstone.
Silverstone is the venue for round 5 of the 2013 GP2 Series and Racing Engineering is looking forward to the challenge of one of the most historic Grand Prix venues.
The Spanish team has been out of luck at the last two rounds of the Series with neither driver being able to score points but this has almost entirely been due to both Fabio Leimer and Julián Leal being the innocent victims of other drivers’ incidents. Fabio has been fast at all the races so far, winning the Feature Races at Sepang and Bahrain and Julián’s speed in qualifying at Monaco shows that the young Colombian is a serious threat to the other drivers. The Racing Engineering team have always been quick at Silverstone circuit and last year Fabio started the Feature Race from pole position.
The venue for the British Grand Prix, where racing began in 1943, has seen many changes in configuration over the years and the current 5.891km layout comprises 18 corners, predominately fast but also some slow, as well as several long straights. Setting the car up for these variations is vitally important for a quick lap on the circuit known as the home of British Motorsport.
Below Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering, looks forward to this weekend at Silverstone.
This season had a bit of everything so far and the team faced a lot of bad luck during the last two events. However, Racing Engineering was really fast at Silverstone last year. Do you think this strong performance can be repeated this year?
It’s true we weren’t too lucky in Barcelona and Monaco due to factors outside our control and we sadly enough didn’t take any points in either event. But we definitely hope to change this during the upcoming weekend at Silverstone. So far we haven’t had wet conditions in qualifying or races in 2013 yet, therefore it’s hard to predict if we can repeat this strong performance in 2013 as well. But generally Silverstone is a track where our car set-up and drivers have worked well in the past, so we can be optimistic.
Silverstone can’t really be compared with the tracks we raced on so far. What are the main characteristics of the track?
Silverstone is a fast track, with a good share of high speed corners. In this aspect the layout can actually be compared to Sepang, even though the conditions are very different given the much lower temperature.
What are the biggest challenges for the drivers and which are the ones for the technical crew?
Even though the Grand Prix at Silverstone takes place during summer, the weather conditions are usually quite unstable and we very often encounter low temperatures and rain there. With the current Pirelli tyres it is a big challenge for drivers as well as engineers to have the tyres working within their optimal temperature operating window. With the weather usually changing during the weekend, it is also a challenge to quickly find the best car balance for all possible conditions.
From Silverstone on the radio traffic between drivers and pit wall will be made public, just like in Formula 1. What effects might this have (on fans, on the work of team, etc.)?
To be honest, we don’t yet have a lot of details regarding the planned procedure regarding the radio traffic. But I think that it is fantastic to have our fans even closer to the racing action on track by being able to listen to part of the radio traffic. Sometimes it might also help to better understand what is actually happening on track and the drivers’ points of view.
Fabio and Julian both looked really strong in Monaco, and only the incident in turn 1 kept them from both finishing in the points, if not on the podium. What can we expect from the two Racing Engineering boys this weekend at Silverstone?
Yes, Monaco was very frustrating for the drivers as well as the team because we showed a really strong pace in qualifying, which allowed Fabio to start from second row and Julián just a few places behind from seventh place. Qualifying is especially important in Monaco as overtaking is so difficult. But all our chances were ruined in turn 1, which was a real pity. But we are looking ahead and have concentrated on preparing the Silverstone event as well as possible. We are very motivated to qualify at the front once again and score a lot of points; the podium and victory are possible. We are really looking forward to this event!
- Practice: Fri 28 Jun 2013, 12:00 (GMT+1)
- Qualifying Session: Fri 28 Jun 2013, 15:55 (GMT+1)
- Race 1: Sat 29 Jun 2013, 14:40 (GMT+1)
- Race 2: Sun 30 Jun 2013, 09:35 (GMT+1)
Venezuela GP Lazarus
FABRIZIO CRESTANI TO REPLACE KEVIN GIOVESI AT SILVERSTONE
Venezuela GP Lazarus announce that Kevin Giovesi presented last night at the team a medical certificate that, due to indisposition, prevents him from taking part in the GP2 Series races at Silverstone this weekend.
The team, then, contacted today the Italian driver Fabrizio Crestani (who raced with Venezuela GP Lazarus in 2012 in GP2 Series) who will replace Kevin Giovesi for the Silverstone weekend at the wheel of the car # 25.
PIRELLI HARD AND MEDIUM TYRES FOR GP2 AT SILVERSTONE
GP2 and GP3 preview: Silverstone 28-30 June 2013
Silverstone – the second home of Pirelli – marks the fifth round of the GP2 series and the third of the GP3 series. For GP2, Pirelli has nominated the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium compounds. For GP3, a brand new super hard compound will be available following Pirelli’s decision to create a more durable compound for the forthcoming races. This does not replace the existing hard compound, but is instead in addition to it. Only the one compound will be supplied to GP3 at every race as per the regulations. Silverstone is a high-paced, demanding track that challenges both man and machine, so the increased durability of the new super hard GP3 tyre will prove a welcome addition over the weekend.
Pirelli’s racing manager says:
Mario Isola: “We’re set for another busy weekend with the GP3 crews using the new super hard tyre for the first time in competition. The new GP3 car this season is a lot faster than first anticipated and after analysing the data we have reacted accordingly. Thanks to its increased durability, the new super hard compound will be ideally suited for Silverstone but tyre management will still be an important consideration. With the likes of GP3 drivers such as Tio Ellinas testing a Formula One car recently, it is becoming increasingly important to allow the drivers in our feeder series an even bigger chance to go closer to the limit. For GP2, we are bringing the hard and medium tyres – a combination we have not had in GP2 so far this year. Silverstone is a track that is quite abrasive in the parts that have not been resurfaced, and it demands a lot from the tyres, so the medium and hard compounds seemed the natural choice. We have seen a variety of strategies used this year already, and tyre management is set to play an important role once again this weekend.”
The challenge for the tyres:
The fastest and most demanding corner at Silverstone is Turn 9 (Copse), which the cars take at high speed, generating substantial lateral force. Tyre tread temperature can exceed 100 degrees centigrade at this point, making good lateral grip essential.
As well as several high-speed corners, Silverstone is often characterised by a wide variety of climatic conditions where ambient temperatures can range between 15 to 30 degrees centigrade. This could mean that the wet-weather tyres come into play once more.
Although partially resurfaced in 2011, the track surface at Silverstone can be quite abrasive, which further increases tyre wear. The tyre structure must also cope with extended periods when the cars are at top speed and full throttle simultaneously.
The race and the rules:
Every car will have five sets of dry tyres and three sets of wet weather tyres available for the GP2 race weekend.
The five sets of dry tyres comprise three sets of the harder compound (hard) and two sets of the softer compound (medium).
The drivers can use their tyre allocation in any way they like. One set of the hard compound must be returned after free practice.
Race One on Saturday is run over 170 kilometres or one hour and each driver must complete one compulsory pit stop during which a minimum of two tyres must be changed.
The grid for Race Two on Sunday is determined by the finishing order of the first race, with the top eight positions reversed.
Race Two is run over 120 kilometres or 45 minutes, with no compulsory pit stops.
Every car will have three sets of dry tyres and two sets of wet weather tyres available for the GP3 race weekend. Only one compound is nominated and for Silverstone it will be the new super hard compound. The drivers can use the tyre allocation in any way they like. All the GP3 compounds carry yellow markings.
In addition to the above allocation, each team will carry over one set of tyres from the previous race. This carried over set of tyres will only be used during the free practice and will be returned to the tyre manufacturer afterwards. For Silverstone, the set carried over will be the medium compound following the stand-alone GP3 race in Valencia earlier this month.
There is one practice session, one qualifying session and two races in GP3.
Qualifying takes place at 0845 on Saturday morning followed by Race One at 1620 (which lasts 15 laps or 30 minutes). Race Two is on Sunday at 0825 (which also lasts 15 laps or 30 minutes). The grid for Race Two is determined by the finishing order of the first race, with the top eight positions reversed.
Silverstone will always be fondly remembered as the host of the first ever official FIA Grand Prix back in 1950. The 5.891 kilometre circuit was opened as a World War Two airfield in 1943, and is named after a nearby village that bears the same name. Two new grandstands were opened at Silverstone last year, allowing a viewing capacity of over 120,000. Last year, Esteban Gutiérrez (Lotus) – who went on to win the Pirelli tyre management award – and Luiz Razia (Arden) were the GP2 winners at Silverstone. The GP3 winners were Antonio Felix de Costa (Carlin) and William Buller (Carlin).