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Sep 05

GP3 Series Round 7 Preview – Monza, Italy

Two rounds to go!

GP3 SeriesThe 2013 season isflying by as the GP3 Series™ headsto the historic Autodromo NazionaleMonza for the penultimate roundof the season.

Potentially both thedrivers’ and teams’ championshipscan be decided during Round 7 inItaly, therefore it again promises to beanother exhilarating ride to glory.The legendary Spa-Francorchampswas the scene for the previous GP3round. MW Arden’s Carlos Sainzbagged his first pole position but itwas his teammate Daniil Kvyat whomade the better get-away from thefront row to claim his maiden victory.The Russian held off Conor Daly to theflag in a race which featured severalsafety cars. Previous Series leaderTio Ellinas secured reverse pole forRace 2 but his championship hopeswere dashed after Melville McKeemade contact with him heading intoLa Source, putting the Cypriot intoretirement.

Alexander Sims grabbed hisopportunity to move into P1 andbrought home Carlin’s first victoryof the 2013 campaign. Daly againfinished second but the big winnerwas ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia,recording two third places to take theSeries lead by 14 points.

The Argentine driver on 115 pointshas his teammate Daly as his closestrival whilst Ellinas lies in third on 95points. Kevin Korjus and Kvyat are on93 and 88 respectively and are alsostill in the hunt for the winning trophy.Depending on results, championshipcould be decided this weekend, butwith so many drivers chasing thesilverware, it has all the markings ofa title decider at the season finale inAbu Dhabi.

GP3 - Autodromo Nazionale Monza

ART Grand Prix continue to hold animpressive advantage in the TeamStandings on 291 points with MWArden (195) and Koiranen GP (168).The French squad could clinch a fourthconsecutive team championship thisweekend if they finish 104 points clearof their next rivals.

Monza is a circuit steeped in historyand alive with a very passionateatmosphere thanks to the devotedTifosi. It’s also a venue which saw aremarkable climax to the 2012 GP3title fight and a circuit where anythingcan happen. The 5.793km track hasfast, long straights perfect for overtakingand all these factors combinedpromise to deliver an unforgettableweekend in the battle for supremacy.This weekend Pirelli have nominatedthe Pirelli tyre.

Pirelli’s Racing Manager MarioIsola commented: “This is the racewe’ve all been waiting for. Not onlyis Monza the home round for Pirelli,which makes the whole atmosphereelectric, but it is also one of the mostchallenging circuits of the year for thetyres. Tyre degradation is generallylow but there are some key areas onthe circuit the drivers must watch outfor such as Parabolica, which places alot of energy on the front-left tyres inparticular and can sometimes causeblistering, as well as all the long andfast straights. For GP3, the teams willuse the hard compound that shouldgive the drivers maximum grip anddurability on the flat-out sections.As Monza is the penultimate roundfor GP3, the drivers who are still inwinning contention for this year’stitle will have to think of the beststrategy to ensure a maximum pointsgain. In saying that, championshipshave been won and lost at Monza inthe past so as always the teams willneed to ensure they get their tyremanagement exactly right.”

RACE 1 & RACE 2
17 laps 98.172 km

LAP RECORD (2010)
1:43.425 (201.641 kph)
E. Gutiérrez (ART Grand Prix)

PREVIOUS WINNERS
2012 Race 1 Abt (Lotus GP)
2012 Race 2 Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing)
2011 Race 1 Bottas (Lotus ART)
2011 Race 2 Félix Da Costa (Status Grand Prix)
2010 Race 1 Gutiérrez (ART Grand Prix)
2010 Race 2 Wickens (Status Grand Prix)

FRIDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2013
17:50 – 18:35 Practice Session
SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2013
09:45 – 10:15 Qualifying Session
10:40 Qualifying press conference (GP2/GP3 media office)
17:10 Pit lane opens
17:15 Pit lane closes – Grid
17:20 Race 1 (17 laps / 30 minutes)
18:30 Race 1 press conference (GP2/GP3 media office)
SUNDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2013
09:15 Pit lane opens
09:20 Pit lane closes – Grid
09:25 Race 2 (17 laps / 30 minutes)

DRIVERS

  1. Facu Regalia 1M 115
  2. Conor Daly 1M 101
  3. Tio Ellinas 1M 95
  4. Kevin Korjus 93
  5. Daniil Kvyat 1M 88
  6. Aaro Vainio 1M 1M 75
  7. Jack Harvey 1M 75
  8. Nick Yelloly 68
  9. Carlos Sainz 64
  10. Robert Visoiu 2M 43
  11. Alexander Sims 1M 43
  12. Melville McKee 1M 29
  13. Patric Niederhauser 29
  14. Giovanni Venturini 1M 26
  15. Lewis Williamson 22
  16. Alex Fontana 18
  17. Dino Zamparelli 10
  18. David Fumanelli 6
  19. Adderly Fong 2
  20. Eric Lichtenstein 0
  21. Patrick Kujala 0
  22. Luis Sá Silva 0
  23. Jimmy Eriksson 0
  24. Emanuele Zonzini 0
  25. Samin Gómez 0
  26. Josh Webster 0
  27. Ryan Cullen 0
  28. Carmen Jordá 0

TEAMS

  1. ART Grand Prix 3M 291
  2. MW Arden 1M 2M 195
  3. Koiranen GP 1M 1M 168
  4. Marussia Manor Racing 1M 105
  5. Carlin 1M 95
  6. Bamboo Engineering 1M 51
  7. Jenzer Motorsport 47
  8. Trident 1M 32
  9. Status Grand Prix 18

source: GP3 Series


Pirelli

GP2 AND GP3 CREWS GEAR UP FOR PIRELLI’S HOME RACE AT MONZA

GP2 and GP3 preview: Monza 6-8 September 2013

The GP2 and GP3 drivers move from one fast circuit to another as they take on Monza, Pirelli’s home event based less than 20 kilometres from the tyre firm’s headquarters in Milan. Forming round nine of the GP2 series and the penultimate round of the GP3 series, Monza is characterised by high-speed straights and fast corners that subject the tyres to very high longitudinal forces. For GP2, Pirelli has nominated the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium compounds: the two hardest compounds in Pirelli’s range of tyres, which are well placed to deal with the demands of the punishing Italian circuit. GP3 uses just one compound for the race weekend – which for Monza is the hard compound.

Pirelli’s racing manager says:

Mario Isola: “This is the race we’ve all been waiting for. Not only is Monza the home round for Pirelli, which makes the whole atmosphere electric, but it is also one of the most challenging circuits of the year for the tyres. Tyre degradation is generally low but there are some key areas on the circuit the drivers must watch out for such as Parabolica, which places a lot of energy on the front-left tyres in particular and can sometimes cause blistering, as well as all the long and fast straights. The hard and medium compound is the most sensible option for the GP2 crews but it still leaves room for tyre strategy with a performance gap of around 0.5 seconds per lap between the two compounds: a factor that the drivers will have to consider wisely this weekend. For GP3, the teams will use the hard compound that should give the drivers maximum grip and durability on the flat-out sections. As Monza is the penultimate round for GP3, the drivers who are still in winning contention for this year’s title will have to think of the best strategy to ensure a maximum points gain. In saying that, championships have been won and lost at Monza in the past so as always the teams will need to ensure they get their tyre management exactly right.”

The challenge for the tyres:

Monza is one of the fastest race circuits in the world and it has caught out several of the world’s best drivers over the years. It features rapid corners as well as flat-out straights, which subject the tyres to very high longitudinal forces. Blistering can also be an issue due to the stress put on the tyres under braking.

There are three corners that will pose the biggest challenges: the first chicane, characterised by heavy downhill braking, the Ascari curves – with several rapid direction changes – and the famous Parabolica: a wide, open corner that puts a lot of lateral stress through the tyres.

The length of the straight sections, the sustained high speeds and the force of the braking zones place a huge amount of stress on the inside shoulder of the tyre, due to the negative camber. Indeed, the combination of all three of these factors can result in the tyres heating up to 130 degrees centigrade: the peak temperatures seen all year.

The race and the rules:

GP2

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.

GP3

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 (hard). The drivers can use the tyre allocation in any way they like. All the GP3 compounds carry yellow markings.

There is one practice session, one qualifying session and two races in GP3.

Qualifying takes place at 0945 on Saturday morning followed by Race One at 1720 (which lasts 17 laps or 30 minutes). Race Two is on Sunday at 0925 (which also lasts 17 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.

About Monza:

Located just 20 minutes from Milan, Monza has been a permanent fixture on the Formula One calendar since the championship first began. Built in 1922, the GP track now stands at 5.793 kilometres in length and sees drivers with their foot on the throttle for up to 80% of the race. Last year, Luca Filippi (Scuderia Colni) and reigning GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) – were the GP2 winners at Monza. The GP3 winners were Daniel Abt (Lotus GP) and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing), who both moved up to compete in GP2 at the start of the 2013 season.

source: pirelli.com