Sep 03

GP3: Russell wins dramatic Monza race

Briton leads ART 1-2-3 for Teams’ title

GP3 - George Russell, Jack Aitken, Anthoine Hubert, ART Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale MonzaGeorge Russell put the long wait for the start of Race 1 behind him by claiming a strong win in this morning’s race at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, keeping his head while chaos reigned behind him to head home an ART 1-2-3 ahead of teammate’s Jack Aitken and Anthoine Hubert to claim the team’s 7th title in 8 seasons.

The Briton’s job was made easier when poleman Nirei Fukuzumi failed to make the start after getting stuck at the pit exit with an electrical gremlin: when the lights went out Russell eased away from the line with Hubert and Aitken squabbling behind him. At the Variante della Roggia Leonardo Pulcini and Alessio Lorandi came together, with the former riding the latter’s rear wheel all the way to the barriers: the safety car was straight out on track as the medical team extracted Pulcini from the car, who emerged shaken before heading to the medical centre for the usual checks.

Repairs to the barriers meant it took until lap 9 for the race to run live, with Russell making an early getaway to lead his teammates down to turn 1, while behind them Steijn Schothorst and Niko Kari squabbled over best of the rest status, touching at Roggia but continuing the fight. Hubert had the pace over Russell after the safety car and squeezed by him at Rettifilo on lap 11, but it wasn’t to last as the Briton responded in kind 2 laps later, just before Juan Manuel Correa missed his braking and flew into the rear of teammate Arjun Maini, bringing out the VSC boards for the clean up.

There was a huge gap back from the ARTs to Kari in P4, who now had Raoul Hyman and a gaggle of drivers circulating ominously behind: the South African dropped like a stone at the restart while up at the front Aitken made a great restart at Parabolica to run side by side with his teammates before grabbing the lead at turn 1. But Russell was not going to accept it without a fight, running all over his teammate’s rear wing all lap long before getting a better run at Curva Grande and reclaiming the lead at Roggia on lap 16.

With the laps running down the race switched to a timed one, but the impact from Correa was starting to show on Maini’s rear wing: on lap 19 it disintegrated, forcing the Indian into the pits and retirement from P7, and when Kari tripped over the kerbs at Lesmo 2 and found the wall there was little choice but to bring out the safety car once again for the final lap of the race.

Russell claimed the win to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship over 2nd placed driver Aitken, 162 points to 119, with Hubert P3 in the race and 4th in the title fight behind Fukuzumi, 99 points to 97. Siebert threaded his way through the chaos for an impressive 4th on track ahead of Ryan Tveter, Giuliano Alesi (5th in the championship on 95 points), with Tatiana Calderon finishing in P7 ahead of Julien Falchero, Kevin Joerg and Bruno Baptista.

In the teams’ title fight ART is untouchable with two rounds remaining on 463 points, from Trident on 222 and Jenzer on 116: following the rain delays yesterday the GP3 Race 2 was cancelled, with the teams now looking ahead to Round 7 of the championship in Jerez on 6-8 October, the penultimate round of the 2017 season.

GP3 - George Russell, ART Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Provisional Race 1 Classification

Driver Team  
1. George Russell ART Grand Prix
2. Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix
3. Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix
4. Marcos Siebert Campos Racing
5. Ryan Tveter Trident
6. Giuliano Alesi Trident
7. Tatiana Calderon DAMS
8. Julien Falchero Campos Racing
9. Kevin Jörg Trident
10. Bruno Baptista DAMS
11. Raoul Hyman Campos Racing
12. Steijn Schothorst Arden International
13. Daniel Ticktum DAMS
14. Dorian Boccolacci Trident
15. Niko Kari Arden International
16. Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport
Not Classified
Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport
Leonardo Pulcini Arden International
Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport
Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix
Fastest Lap
Anthoine Hubert 1:40.232 on lap 11

source: GP3 Series, gp3series.com

Trident Racing

Trident Racing

GP3 Series, Monza, Feature Race Report

The Team Trident drivers completed bold recovery drives at Monza, with three of them in the top-10 and a remarkable race pace.

The GP3 Series had an unique weekend at Monza due to the heavy rainfalls that hit the Northern Italian venue. As a result, the schedule was modified with the running on only one race in the morning of the Grand Prix of Italy. The starting order was determined by the outcome of the free practice since it was not possible to run qualifying due to the weather. The results of practice session were conditioned by the fact that not all drivers used the same number of fresh tire. As a consequence, the Team Trident drivers were called to recovery runs during the race. Ferrari Driver Academy driver Giuliano Alesi, coming from three consecutive wins, took off from the 13th place on the grid and put up an hard-fought comeback that allowed him to fight back to seventh place behind team-mate Ryan Tveter. Unfortunately, the 17-year-old Frenchman was slowed by a tire problem while the New Yorker posted an impressive result rebounding from a 17th place start, and set a very impressive pace. St. Gallen’s Kevin Jörg also left a strong impression, recovering a record eleven positions to finish in ninth place. Dorian Boccolacci, who took-off from the fifth place on the grid, ended the race outside the points zone after he damaged his car in a contact with another driver and had some off-track excursions. The Frenchman also had to come back into the pit-lane for a check on his car.

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“It was a really abnormal weekend, with the weather conditions that led to the cancellation of qualifying and did not allow our drivers to be in the grid positions they usually belong to. The guys put up stellar recoveries though and highlighted the performance of all the Team Trident cars. Ryan Tveter, Giuliano Alesi and Kevin Jörg have impressed for their race pace and their efficiency on the track. On the other hand Dorian Boccolacci was left behind by a contact. Now we are aiming to return to the podium in the next round at Jerez.”

source: tridentracing.it


Campos Racing

Pertamina Campos Racing

Siebert and Campos Racing take strong 4th place result at Monza

GP3 Series qualifying was cancelled due to heavy rain just like race 2 and Saturday´s race was postponed to Sunday. Falchero finished 8th and Hyman came 10th.

Campos Racing delivered another strong performance at Monza, which hosted the antepenultimate round of the GP3 Series. Despite it was an untypical weekend, Campos Racing managed to continue its streak of good results. Saturday’s qualifying results was cancelled due to heavy rain, so the starting grid was determined by practice times.

Argentinean Marcos Siebert set to start the race from 11th with a lap of 1:39.298, South African Raoul Hyman lined up 15th (1:39.776) and French driver Julien Falchero took 18th spot on the grid (1:39.968). However, heavy rain still in the afternoon caused the first race was postponed until Sunday morning and race 2 was cancelled.

On Sunday, in dry weather conditions, Siebert was a real eye-catcher. Leonardo Pulcini crashed and the safety car was deployed during eight laps. Following the safety car period, the race restarted and Siebert moved through the field to finish 4th, just six-tenths of a second away from podium. Falchero finished 8th to collect more points and Hyman ended up 11th.

The GP3 Series will head to Jerez on 7-8 October.


source: camposracing.com


DAMS score best GP3 result of season at Monza

Tatiana Calderon scythed through to seventh place from the back of the grid to secure DAMS’ best GP3 Series result of the year at Monza, Italy (1-3 September).

The result was also a career-best for Sauber F1 Development Driver Calderon and came after a superb drive.

Brazilian Bruno Baptista also collected points with a strong 10th position, as Red Bull Junior Driver Dan Ticktum was hit out of contention whilst fighting for a top- five finish on his debut.

Free Practice

Focusing on race set-up, Calderon was 19th fastest in practice. However, heavy rain forced Saturday’s qualifying to be cancelled with the times set in Friday’s session determining the Feature Race grid.

Like Calderon, Baptista did not focus on single-lap pace in free practice and was 16th overall, which is where he lined up on the grid.

Taking part in his maiden GP3 Series weekend, Ticktum was quickly up to speed at Monza; the Briton 10th in practice.

Tatiana Calderon: “We were testing the car with different set-ups on Friday, so the fact that qualifying was cancelled was not ideal and the grid position wasn’t a true representation of our pace.”

Bruno Baptista: “Practice was OK. I wasn’t pushing as hard as possible so we could have been further up than we were.”

Dan Ticktum: “On Friday, I felt the pace was good and I’m very happy with the performance. It’s a shame we couldn’t get any running in qualifying as it’s likely that we would have improved even more.”

Feature Race

With the Sprint event cancelled, the Feature Race was moved to Sunday. Calderon started well, but had contact and pitted for repairs under the safety car. She then made great progress climbing to seventh. Frustratingly, the cancellation of the Sprint Race denied her a front-row start on the partially-reversed grid.

Baptista managed his tyres well early in the race, before making a late charge to take his second points finish of the year in 10th.

Ticktum started strongly to move up to seventh inside a lap. Whilst battling for fourth at the halfway stage, he was hit from behind and received a left-rear puncture. He dropped out of the points-paying positions and finished 13th.

Tatiana Calderon: “I was conservative at the start to save tyres and it paid off in the end. The result is great and I want to thank the team for their help this weekend, hopefully we will continue to score more points from now on.”

Bruno Baptista: “We had some really good fights throughout the race and the car was set-up nicely. It’s great to finish in the points again, but we still have areas to improve for the next one.”

Dan Ticktum: “The start went well and I did everything I could to keep my nose clean. The contact is frustrating, but that happens a lot in racing. Overall, I’m still pleased that I was fighting for fourth on my debut and everyone at DAMS was very helpful.”

François Sicard, Managing Director: “It was great to see Ticktum immediately on the pace having never driven this car before. He was very unlucky in the race, but after his pitstop he was lapping at the same pace as the leaders. He will be back with us to fight at Jerez and Abu Dhabi. We are very satisfied to see Calderon collect some points after a great comeback! She’s been showing very strong performances since Hungary and deserves this. We’re also delighted that Baptista scored his second point of the season and now the focus is on even better at the final two rounds.”

Round seven of the 2017 GP3 Series takes place at Jerez, Spain (6-8 October).

source: dams.fr


Wet tyres come out in Formula 2 while GP3 uses soft slicks in an interrupted weekend


Feature Race, the winner: For the second consecutive weekend, the first driver past the chequered flag wasn’t the race winner, with Prema’s Antonio Fuoco being handed victory after Russian Time’s Luca Ghiotto was penalised. The race was extremely lively with a safety car and several changes of lead in the slippery and wet conditions, which led to all the drivers using the full wet tyre from start to finish.

Luca Ghiotto: “In these conditions, also with the safety car, it wasn’t easy: it was a crazy race as is often the case when it’s wet and you really need to have the tyres and the brakes ready. In the end though I was still able to overtake.”

Feature Race, alternative strategy: Although there was no variation in the compounds used because of the wet conditions – with everyone staying on the wet tyres from lights to flag – there was still a lot of different thinking on the timings of the obligatory pit stop, in order to maximise track position and minimise traffic. Russian Time’s Artem Markelov was the first to make a scheduled stop on lap six, as soon as the pit stop window opened, while the leaders left it until lap 18.

Sprint Race, the winner: In dry conditions, Ghiotto made up for Saturday’s disappointment by winning the sprint race after charging through the field in a brilliantly controlled drive using the medium tyre. There were a variety of different strategies, with two drivers also changing to the soft tyre late in the 21-lap race.


Feature Race, the winner: The weather caused massive disruption to the GP3 schedule with both the qualifying session and Saturday’s race cancelled, because of the day running behind schedule. This meant that the only GP3 race of the weekend was on Sunday, using the times set in free practice on Friday to form the grid.

Feature Race, the winner: ART claimed a one-two-three to take the teams’ title at Monza, after a dramatic postponed feature race in the absence of polesitter Nirei Fukuzimi, who failed to start due to an electrical problem. The race was run exclusively on the soft tyre, with George Russell managing the compound perfectly to fight his way into the lead, after a race that was also interrupted by a safety car.


Pirelli’s head of car racing Mario Isola: “It was a difficult weekend at Monza, with mixed conditions on Friday, wet weather on Saturday and a totally dry track on Sunday, leading to the cancellation of several sessions. This meant that the drivers often had to race with extremely limited information on tyre behaviour, and adapt race strategies and driving styles accordingly. While the Formula 2 race on Saturday was dominated by the wet tyre, there were some interesting strategies on Sunday with both the medium and soft tyre seen in the sprint race. Finally, it was a great privilege to help unveil the new 2018 Formula 2 car in our fitting area on Thursday. Formula 2’s reputation for great racing and solid preparation for Formula 1 is assured again for the future. I’d also like to congratulate ART for winning the GP3 teams’ title this weekend at Monza.”

Formula 2 and GP3 now enjoy a stand-alone race, away from Formula 1 for the only time all year, at the Jerez circuit in Spain from October 6-8.

source: pirelli.com