Jul 07

Lancaster powers to sprint win (updated)

Briton leads from lights to flag in Germany

GP2 - Jon Lanncaster (Hilmer Motorsport)Jon Lancaster has claimed his second sprint race victory in a week with a strong, mature race this morning at the Nurburgring, leading all the way from the start to win ahead of countryman James Calado and Fabio Leimer.

The Hilmer driver lined up on the front row next to poleman Tom Dillmann, outdragged the Frenchman when the lights went out, and claimed a lead which would not be challenged into turn one, with Dillmann clearly holding up Calado, Leimer, Marcus Ericsson, Sam Bird, Felipe Nasr and Stefano Coletti.

Calado was all over the back of Dillmann but was unable to find a line through when Daniel De Jong and Stéphane Richelmi came together behind them, with the Monegasque driver stuck in the middle of the circuit to bring out the safety car as the marshals got to work. The race ran live two laps later, with Calado claiming P2 at the hairpin next time through.

Further back Robin Frijns was on a charge: he disposed title leaders Coletti and Nasr with ease to put himself behind Bird: with teammate Dillmann slowing ahead, the Briton was looking to get past Ericsson when Frijns went for a gap which probably wasn’t there and spun to the back from the inevitable collision before retiring with damage shortly afterwards.

As the laps wound down, those with fresher tyres were given a clear advantage: Dillmann dropped like a stone before eventually retiring, while Nasr dispatched Bird and Ericsson with ease, with Cecotto following suit. But at the front it was Lancaster who had the pace left to repel a late race challenge from Calado to win by 1.5 seconds, with Leimer out of tyres but able to hold on for third because his rivals were held up for so long.

Nasr turned around his recent misfortune for a strong race to P4, with Cecotto running through his rivals late in the race for fifth, ahead of Alexander Rossi, Mitch Evans and a clearly struggling Bird. Coletti holds on to the title lead on 135 points, ahead of Nasr on 108, Bird on 90, Leimer on 88, Calado on 84 and Lancaster up to 6th on 65 points. Carlin retake the lead in the teams’ title from Rapax, 147 points to 143, ahead of RUSSIAN TIME on 137, Hilmer Motorsport on 112 and Racing Engineering on 110 points ahead of the next round in Budapest.

GP2 - James Calado (ART Grand Prix), Jon Lancaster (Hilmer Motorsport), Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering)


Nurburg – Sprint Race
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer motorsport
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
Felipe Nasr
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Mitch Evans
Arden International
Sam Bird
Simon Trummer
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Jolyon Palmer
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Marcus Ericsson
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
Stefano Coletti
Fabrizio Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Not Classified
Tom Dillmann
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Stéphane Richelmi
Fastest Lap : Fabrizio Crestani (Venezuela GP Lazarus) – 1:41.626 on lap 14

source: GP2 Series


Ericsson and Richelmi bring a smile to DAMS’ face!

On Saturday, the front row was an all-yellow one with Stéphane Richelmi on pole and Marcus Ericsson alongside him who went on to win the first race. The team scored a big haul of points so the weekend in Germany was a very satisfying one for DAMS. Finally, the French squad’s performance was translated into concrete results, which bodes well for the rest of the season.

In free practice the times were a tad slower than expected but in qualifying the team hit back big time with Richelmi’s first pole and his Swedish team-mate’s second place. Few teams have pulled off such a performance, which DAMS achieved for the second time this season after Barcelona.

Race 1 got off to a good start and Ericsson took the lead. Despite the deployment of the safety car he was never in danger. A double looked on the cards until his Monegasque team-mate had a problem with the front jack, which dropped him down the classification. However, he fought his way back up to fifth place at the chequered flag. This excellent result was down to a great tyre strategy, which was to make the drivers suffer on Sunday. Richelmi made a bad start and got caught up in an accident, which caused his immediate retirement. Ericsson held on to fourth place until four laps from the finish when he had to give way to rivals because his tyres were completely shot and theirs were in a better state. However, the job had been done the previous day. DAMS was back in the game!

François Sicard, Managing Director: “I’m very happy with the overall performance of the team. Congratulations to everybody. Once again the car showed how good it is and the drivers were on the same wavelength. Hats off to Marcus who finally got the monkey off his back by scoring a well-deserved victory. And bravo to Stéphane for his pole position and his race. He should have been in the top 3 again without that unfortunate hiccup with the jack. It’ll be for another time soon, I’m sure. Now we have to continue in the same vein in Hungary.”

Marcus Ericsson: “At last! I’m really delighted with this victory, above all for the team, which have given me a great car since the start. I’d like to thank them and dedicate this win to them! The race went off without a hitch and I was able to control the situation. On the other hand, the second one was much tougher as the tyres didn’t hold out till the end. I fought as hard as I could but it wasn’t enough. Nonetheless, we’re moving up the classification and we’ll continue to fight till the very end!”

Stéphane Richelmi: “I feel a bit frustrated especially after the first race. I was very happy to have set pole and I’d like to thank the team for preparing such a good car for me. However, the pit stop incident prevented me from scoring a top-three finish, which was on the cards. But that’s racing! This being said we’re really very competitive and I’m sure I’ll be in the top three and score victories in the coming races.”

Next round: Budapest (Hungary) 27-28 July 2013

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GP2 Series 2013, Arden International – Nurburgring, Germany

Points for Arden duo in Nurburgring

Team news

The sixth round, and mid-way point of the GP2 Series, took place at the Nurburgring in the Eifel region of Germany. This European round is shared on alternate years with the Hockenheim ring, 2hours north of Nurburg.

Mitch Evans

“The last time I was here was in GP3 in 2011, so getting new reference points for the GP2 car took a few laps. After a couple of laps, I got into it and was 3rd fastest which was good. The track was very dirty and there was no grip, I was hoping track would come to us a bit. It was a good start to the weekend, looking reasonably strong…”

Johnny Cecotto Jr

“We arrived here trying a new set up solution, which didn’t seem too bad on the medium tyre in free practice, I was thirteenth. However, it was hard to run on the supersoft tyre for Qualifying…”.

source: arden-motorsport.com

Racing Eng.

Fabio Leimer and Racing Engineering on the podium today in the Nürburgring Sprint Race.

It was a beautiful day once again at the Nürburgring with air and track temperatures of 22° and 32° respectively as the cars formed up on the grid for today’ Sprint Race with all the cars starting on the medium compound Pirelli tyres. Following yesterday’s Feature Race Fabio Leimer lined up 5th on the grid with Julián Leal in 22nd spot.

Fabio made a great start from the third row passing Frijns and Richelmi into the first corner to lie 4th and he was immediately involved in a tight battle for 2nd with Dillmann and Calado but on lap 2 the Safety car was deployed following contact between Richelmi and De Jong. On lap 4 the Safety Car returned to the pits and Fabio continued his battle with Dillmann and Calado and as Calado passed the RUSSIAN TIME car the Racing Engineering driver took advantage of the move and also passed Dillmann to move up to 3rd.

For the next few laps Fabio began to conserve his tyres as he had started on a set that he had used yesterday whilst Lancaster and Calado were on new Pirellis, as a result he fell away a little from Calado but he was in turn pulling away from Dillmann in 4th. On lap 12, the half-way point, Fabio continued in 3rd, 3.9 seconds behind Calado and 7.8 seconds ahead of Ericsson but only the top three drivers were lapping in the 1:43 second bracket which showed how quickly Fabio was going on his worn tyres as many other drivers like Coletti and Ericsson, also on part worn tyres, were not able to match his pace.

Continuing to conserve his tyres over the remaining laps Fabio continued to slowly fall away from Calado but he continued to pull away from Ericsson and despite a late charge from Nasr he took the chequered flag in 3rd place.

Julián got away well as the lights went off, passing Binder and Abt into the first corner and gaining two more places to lie 18th at the end of the opening lap. Following the Safety Car incident the Racing Engineering car lost two places to Canamasas and Palmer but the young Columbian was now involved in a tight battle with Rosenzweig. Over the next five laps Julián was able to gain several places as cars ahead ran into trouble and on lap 10 he moved up to 15th as he passed Palmer which almost immediately became 14th as Canamasas served a drive-through penalty.

By lap 17 Julián was now up to 11th as more incidents ahead of him caused spins and retirements and he was now 2.2 seconds behind Evans and 2.8 seconds ahead of Binder. As the race entered its final laps, although Julián closed right in on the battle for 6th place, he was unable to make any further progress as his tyres were now badly worn and he lost a place on the final lap crossing the finishing line in 12th place.

A positive weekend for Racing Engineering with Fabio taking 4th and 3rd in the two races and although Julián was unable to add to his points score he showed a great race pace on both days. The Spanish team now returns to its Sanlúcar de Barrameda base to prepare for the next round of the 2013 GP2 series at Budapest in three weeks’ time.

Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, president of Racing Engineering:

“Fabio’s drive today was exceptional considering that he was racing on the set of tyres he had used in yesterday’s feature race. Congratulations also to our technical crew for having done a great job in facilitating Fabio’s already complicated task. This podium is proof that with everyone working together we were able to achieve a fantastic result. Julian did a good job overtaking today. It’s a real pity that he was not able to start further up the grid as he proved to be one of the fastest on track in both races. As for Fabio, our goal has to be to keep the momentum and score as many points as possible during the upcoming event in Hungary, while in Julian’s case, the target is to qualify higher up to be in a position allowing him to score points.”

Fabio Leimer:

“My start was OK, even though I braked a bit too early into the first corner. Calado had better traction as he started on a set of new tyres, so I lost one position to him. After this it was important for me to manage my tyres and stay as close as possible to Dillmann and Calado, who fought ahead of me. My goal was to overtake Dillmann when Calado did, so I would not have to stress my tyres too much. This worked out really well, so once I was in 3rd, I pushed during a couple of laps to open up a gap to the cars behind me. After that I tried to save tyres and during the last three laps they were already quite worn and I could not keep up the pace. But our strategy for today was perfect and we were able to take 3rd place. Generally it was a good weekend as we were able to take a lot of points. I am very satisfied as we are now in the middle of the season and we will work hard to attack during the second half and ! the aim is to close the gap to Coletti and win the championship.”

Julián Leal:

“I had a good start and gained some positions. Then I was behind Rosenzweig, who blocked me for 5 laps. I tried to pass him braking into the chicane, but he touched the rear of my car. My car was OK and I was able to overtake some more cars as I had a good car and pace. But with 5 laps to go I had a big lock up and wasn’t able to push the way I had before. We had a good car and set up this weekend. I need to work on qualifying higher up now.”

source: racing-engineering.com


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Nurburgring – GP2 Feature Race

  • Car #14 Sergio Canamasas – P17
  • Car #15 Alexander Rossi – P6 – 4 points
  • Race distance: 123.295km
  • Race length: 24 laps / 45 mins
  • Nurburgring Circuit Length: 5.148km
  • Tyre use: P Zero Medium
  • Weather: Air temp 22˚C / track temp 33˚C

With such an entertaining feature race on Saturday, today’s GP2 sprint race at Nurburgring promised to be one to watch and it did not disappoint.

EQ8 Caterham Racing drivers Alexander Rossi and Sergio Canamasas lined up side by side on the sixth row of the grid and the team looked on anxiously as the lights went out and both cars hurtled towards the first corner.

Sergio made a very slow getaway dropping back to 17th, Alexander’s initial start was good but he was boxed in at turn one losing a position.

The safety car was deployed for the second time this weekend on lap two; Alexander made a good restart managing to quickly and cleanly clear the drivers ahead, who were running on old tyres. He then set his sights on the top eight and passed four cars in the final laps of the race to take the chequered flag in sixth place, scoring four points.

Sergio’s start put him on the back foot, as he made progress through the field a collision with Berthon earned him a drive through penalty and although his pace was good he could not recover, finishing 17th.

Alexander Rossi “My start wasn’t amazing but everyone struggled a little with less grip starting on the medium tyre today and I maintained my position up to the first corner.

“After the pit stop I set my mind to pass the cars in front who were on older tyres as quickly as possible and then tried to manage my own tyres as best I could.

“When the battle came to us at the end of the race I just kept my nose clean and chose my overtaking points carefully which worked and it is definitely a positive to finish 6th and score points for myself and the team.

“We still have some work to do on the car but we have a result for all the hard work that everyone puts in.”

Sergio Canamasas “I had a really bad start, losing many positions and then when I tried to recover I was given a drive through penalty, which I feel was a little strong as I was on the inside but I have to accept this.

“I then pushed hard after the penalty but my tyres did not hold on like yesterday and when I was in traffic I was not able to pass as much as I had hoped.

“It was another tough race for me again today and we now look ahead to Hungary.”

Team Manager Phill Spencer “Overall I am quite pleased with the sprint race result and scoring points is what we are here to do. Alexander drove a fantastic race and to both overtake and defend at the end was impressive, especially with Evans hot on his heels.

“We still have work to do but we were always going to be on the back foot with Alexander missing the pre-season testing. We understand the car with the new tyres a lot better every race and the team work hard to make improvements.

“I am obviously disappointed for Sergio and a difficult start made his race very challenging. His move on the inside of Berthon resulting in a drive through penalty really ended his chances today. The only consolation for him is that when he was out on track alone he had great pace.”

source: caterham-racing.com


Alexander Rossi scores valuable points after a tricky German Grand Prix weekend

Plenty of on track action at the Nurburgring saw American driver Alexander Rossi keep a clean race weekend and once again show his talent for overtaking, despite continued efforts to improve car set up.

Understeer again compromised Alexander’s qualifying session and although managing to place his car clearly in the top ten throughout the majority of the session, traffic caused problems in his final laps pushing him back down to 14th to start the feature race.

After another fantastic start, seeing Alexander rising to 8th place, tyre degradation and difficulties with car balance ultimately put paid to a top five finish, and Alexander used all his skills to defend his place towards the end of the race, finishing in 11th.

Alexander Rossi: “The main feature race was disappointing for me as I finished 11th despite once again having an excellent start. Although I qualified in 14th, I was immediately up to 8th by the first corner and I thought with our good strategy we had a shot at reaching the top five.

“We’ve been struggling with tyres and car balance since practice the whole weekend and the first race result simply came down to tyres for me. The car was working for the first twenty five laps, but with six to go we had nothing left and all I could do was defend as best I could.

“In regards to the sprint race, I was optimistic, knowing that I could push hard to gain places. My start wasn’t amazing but everyone struggled a little with less grip starting on the medium tyre and I maintained my position up to the first corner.

“I managed the tyre wear the best I could. I was the whole race in dirty air making it difficult and for the first time this season the car went to oversteer, wearing the rears quite quickly.”

“When the battle came to us at the end of the race I just kept my nose clean and chose my overtaking points carefully, which worked well and it is definitely a positive to finish 6th and score points for myself and the team.

“We still have some work to do on the car but we have a result for all the hard work that everyone puts in. Focus will now turn to Hungary and trying to maximise the amount of points for the Championship.”

Team Manager Phill Spencer “Overall I am quite pleased with the sprint race result and scoring points is what we are here to do. Alexander drove a fantastic race and to both overtake and defend at the end was impressive, especially with Evans hot on his heels.

“We still have work to do but we were always going to be on the back foot with Alexander missing the pre-season testing. We understand the car with the new tyres a lot better every race and the team work hard to make improvements.”

Round 7 of GP2 Championship, July 26 – 28th, 2013, Budapest, Hungary.

source: teamrossimotorsports.com, alexanderrossi.com

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Venezuela GP Lazarus
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A nut that did not want to go in during pit stop affect a really great race of Rene Binder who, until the pit stop, was in P7 and had a very good race pace! Unlike Mark Webber, who during the F1 race has lost a tire injuring a FOM video-reporter, the Venezuela GP Lazarus mechanics put Rene Binder on track with the left rear wheel well fixed, but unfortunately lose a lot of precious seconds.

After the positive performance of Binder (12°) and Crestani (15°) in qualifying session, both just half a second from the front row, we expected something more from race 1, but unfortunately Crestani (19° at the end) lose time in traffic, while Binder, because of the problem during the pit stop we mentioned, crosses the finish line in P20.

In race 2 it has to be emphasize the great comeback of Binder who was P20 at the beginning and P10 at the chequered flag, showing his real potential. Unlucky Fabrizio Crestani was affected by a racing contact that forces him to return to the pits to replace his front wing. Back on track with new tire, he was able to do the fastest lap in the race!

The next round of the GP2 Series is expected in Budapest, from July 26th to 28th.

Rene Binder, #24

“We definitely had the pace to deliver top results this weekend, so even if a 10th place in the sprint race is a good result, I am not hundred percent happy. I was already in 7th position in the main race, but after an early pitstop including a problem on the left rear wheel. I came back on the end of the field. Our comeback from P20 to P10 on Sunday showed our real speed so let’s hope for a trouble free weekend in Budapest in three weeks.”

Fabrizio Crestani, # 25

“I did not know this circuit, which is very technical and demanding. I am satisfied with the result in qualifying but, unfortunately, the start of race 1 was conditioned from the entrance of the safety car, I found myself in traffic and throughout the race I could not push as I wanted. In Race 2 I damaged the front wing in a contact, and I have to return to the pits, where I also changed the tires. Back on track, although in the last position, I made the fastest lap! I finally want to thank the whole team Venezuela GP Lazarus for their support and their trust.”

Race 1

19° – Fabrizio Crestani – 45″117

20° – Rene Binder – 45″498

Race 2

10° – Rene Binder – 40″237

21° – Fabrizio Crestani – 1 lap 

source: teamlazarus.it

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GP2 and GP3 review: Germany 5-7 July 2013


The Nurburgring presented a number of firsts, with Marcus Ericsson taking his first GP2 win of the year for DAMS, while Facu Regalia (ART) and Melville McKee (Bamboo) took their first career victories in GP3. The GP3 series has now had eight winners from eight races so far: similar to Pirelli’s benchmark in Formula One last year, when there were seven winners from the first seven races.

For one of the most demanding races of the year, the GP2 crews had the latest P Zero White medium and P Zero Red supersoft compounds at their disposal, whereas the GP3 crews were using the medium compound. Tyre degradation can be a factor at the Nurburgring due to the circuit’s high lateral forces with several sweeping changes of direction, but both the P Zero rubber and the drivers coped well.

Saturday’s 32-lap GP2 feature race brought success for DAMS driver Marcus Ericsson, who has set pole position twice this year, but was beaten to first on the grid in Germany by his team mate Stephane Richelmi. Ericsson claimed the lead on the first lap after starting on the mediums and pitted for another set of mediums on lap nine to eventually win the race from ART driver James Calado. The Englishman used a different strategy by starting on the supersoft tyre and then swapping to the medium on lap seven, following a safety car period at the beginning of the race. Championship leader Stefano Coletti clinched a sensational third place, having charged up from 13th on the grid by running a long first stint on the mediums until lap 19 to gain track position on his rivals. As a result the Rapax driver extended his championship lead, following two stints on the mediums which he described as “probably the best race of my life; better than a win.”

The sprint race on Sunday morning was won for the second consecutive week by Hilmer’s Jon Lancaster. The Englishman used a fresher set of medium tyres than his rivals to make sure of victory from P2 on the grid, underlining the importance of seeing tyre strategy in the context of the whole weekend. After the race he said: “We were already really good on the supersoft tyres yesterday. We managed to pit later than some of the people on the medium tyres, so our car is really good on the tyres and I understand them quite well I think.”

In GP3 there were two new winners, who both got the most out of Pirelli’s versatile medium compound. ART driver Facu Regalia qualified on pole for Saturday’s feature race and claimed a lights-to-flag victory by managing his medium tyres perfectly. Second place for Marussia’s Tio Ellinas meant that the Cypriot extended his championship lead.

As is the case for GP2, the grid for Sunday’s sprint race in GP3 consisted of the top eight feature race finishers reversed. Bamboo driver Melville McKee made a great start to take the lead from second on the grid. He won by just three-tenths of a second from Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims, who had started from pole.

Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola commented: “It has been a very memorable weekend in Germany, and the way that the tyres worked in terms of wear and degradation were in line with expectations. Generally this was higher on Sunday than it was on Saturday because of significantly higher track temperatures, but the result was that we saw some absolutely fantastic racing. In GP2, we also saw a wide variety of race strategies with Ericsson and Calado both adopting completely different approaches to the feature race. The way that the drivers used their tyres on Saturday also impacted on their choices for Sunday, so we hope that the use of high-performance tyres with very different performance characteristics is enabling young drivers in GP2 and GP3 to learn as much as possible about the overall art of tyre management. From what we have understood so far this talented crop of young drivers quickly saw how to get the best out of them. The result has been some very good performances that maximise every opportunity, such as Coletti’s spectacular drive from 13th to the podium on Saturday.”

The GP2 and GP3 crews will be in action next at the Hungaroring in Hungary from 26-28 July.

source: pirelli.com