Jul 08

GP3: Russell flies to maiden win in Austria

Briton leads teammates from lights to flag  

GP3 - George Russell, Jack Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi, ART Grand Prix, Red Bull RingGeorge Russell has claimed his first GP3 Series win with a fine drive from pole position in this afternoon’s Race 1 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria: the Briton squeezed past fellow front row starter Jack Aitken when the lights went out to lead the grid into turn one, and held position all the way to the flag to head Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi and Anthoine Hubert for an ART Grand Prix 1-2-3-4.

The race opened to muggy but dry conditions, but it was of no concern to poleman Russell: at the start Aitken had a slightly better reaction but Russell had the better line, slightly squeezing his teammate to shut down any attack into turn one before heading off into the distance. Behind them Dorian Boccolacci had a poor start and fell back, opening a line up the inside into turn 2: Hubert filled it but bounced off the kerbs into Leonardo Pulcini who hit Arden teammate Steijn Schothorst, prompting a VSC period to remove the Italian’s car.

Quick work by the marshals saw the race run live before the end of the lap, and Russell controlled the restart well ahead of teammates Aitken and Hubert, with Giuliano Alesi leading Dorian Boccolacci, who dropped back at the start from P3, Ryan Tveter, Fukuzumi, Schothorst and Alessio Lorandi, who was soon promoted when Schothorst too had to stop by the side of the track due to a damaged car.

Hubert was handed a 10 second time penalty for causing a collision but ran at the same pace as his teammates, who were pulling away from the rest of the field from the front. There were time penalties for Tatiana Calderon and Bruno Baptista too, with the DAMS pair picking up 5 seconds each for overtaking under yellow flags during a collision between Julien Falchero (who also received a 10s penalty) and Niko Kari at the start of the race at turn 1, but who were running P10 and 11 as they looked to climb up the order.

Fukuzumi and Tveter found a way past Alesi early in the race, but at temperatures rose the time gaps throughout the field held still as everyone looked to preserve their tyres to the end of a long race. And it was only at the end that anyone looked for a little more than they had: Boccolacci tried to get by Alesi but ran wide and lost a number of places, promoting Lorandi and Raoul Hyman on the penultimate lap.

And when the chequered flag dropped it was Russell who received the plaudits, leading Aitken by 2 seconds at the line. Hubert was next on track but was dropped to P4 with his time penalty, promoting Fukuzumi to the podium while the Frenchman picked up the fastest lap on his final tour. Tveter won the bragging rights at Trident after holding off Alesi for almost the whole race, ahead of Lorandi and Hyman in P7 and 8: Calderon was 9th on track but 13th on the classifications, promoting Boccolacci and Arjun Maini for the final points positions.

Provisional Qualifying Classification


Driver Team
1. George Russell ART Grand Prix
2. Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix
3. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix
4. Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix
5. Ryan Tveter Trident
6. Giuliano Alesi Trident
7. Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport
8. Raoul Hyman Campos Racing
9. Dorian Boccolacci Arden International
10. Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport
11. Kevin Jörg Trident
12. Marcos Siebert Campos Racing
13. Tatiana Calderon DAMS
14. Bruno Baptista DAMS
15. Julien Falchero Campos Racing
Not Classified
Niko Kari Arden International
Santino Ferrucci DAMS
Steijn Schothorst Arden International
Leonardo Pulcini Arden International


Fastest Lap  
Anthoine Hubert 1:21.298 on lap 24

source: GP3 Series


Trident Racing

Trident Racing

GP3 Series, Red Bull Ring, Feature Race Report

As often happened in the history of the series, Trident stayed hyper competitive at Red Bull Ring. Ending up a solid run, Ryan Tveter and Giuliano Alesi ended up P5 and P6 respectively.

Once again, Team Trident confirmed to be among the great frontrunners of the GP3 Series. In the Feature Race held at Red Bull Ring, despite not being favoured by some race dynamics, the drivers fielded by the Italian squad showcased great potential that makes the whole group looking forward to the Sprint Race to be held tomorrow morning. Ryan Tveter recorded a convincing fifth place and showed great race rythm. The New York born driver, resident of Zurich, delivered a top-class run despite damaging one tire due to a lockup. Behind the American, Giuliano Alesi took P6 and showed great maturity in the management of the race. He secured a remarkable result that will enable him to attack in tomorrow’s race. Ninth place didn’t reflect the potential expressed by Dorian Boccolacci. The Frenchman, who was third in qualy, was slowed down by an unavoidable contact in race 2 that forced him to lose precious ground. He also lost time in the re-start after the Virtual Safety Car and had an off late, eventually wounding up P9. St.Gallen’s Kevin Jörg barely missed the top-10. He showed encouraging pace but did not manage to follow his team mates’ impressive form.

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“Our drivers worked well with the technical staff and showed good potential in qualifying where we scored P3 with Dorian and in race trim. Other episodes of the Feature Race certainly didn’t help. We could have got more and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s Sprint Race”.

source: tridentracing.it