Monthly Archive: July 2011
“I’m over the moon right now” – John Hopkins
Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) rocked the WSBK establishment with the Tissot-Superpole win at Silverstone. The American rider, a regular in BSB this season, took a new track best of 2’04.041 in the last of the three superpole contests.
Revised drivers’ standings
Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas has inherited the lead of the GP3 Series™ drivers’ standings after Alexander Sims was excluded from the Budapest Race 1 results.
Series leader pockets fifth win after Marcus Ericsson gets a drive through
Dams driver Romain Grosjean has claimed a fifth victory this season in today’s feature race at Hungaroring. The Frenchman took the lead after race-long leader Marcus Ericsson was handed a drive through penalty in the closing stages. Charles Pic and Luiz Razia complete the podium.
Finn takes lights-to-flag victory at Hungaroring
Today rookie Valtteri Bottas became the first GP3 driver to win more than one race this season, and showed he is ‘in it to win it’ in the battle to become the 2011 GP3 Series™ champion. The Lotus ART driver took a lights-to-flag victory at Hungaroring to finish 0.9 seconds ahead of Michael Christensen.
“It was an almost perfect weekend.” – Roberto Merhi
Having already won the first FIA Formula 3 International Trophy race at the 7.004 kilometres long Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) was also unbeatable in the second race. At the finish, he had a margin of over 23 seconds over Marco Wittmann (Signature). Laurens Vanthoor (Signature) ended up fourth behind William Buller (Fortec Motorsport).
Red Bull’s “joker” put Sebastian Vettel right back on track at the Hungaroring.
Each team can break the mechanics’ late-night paddock curfew four times before a penalty applies, and Red Bull used one of theirs overnight to apply major setup changes to the RB7 after a difficult Friday in Budapest.
Nico Hulkenberg says he would rather leave formula one than spend another season as test driver.
“I don’t want to sit around all weekend; I love racing too much,” said the young German, who became Force India’s ‘Friday’ driver this year after being ousted by Williams after a promising 2010 debut.
Lotus ART dominate in Hungary
Valtteri Bottas took his first GP3 pole position for Lotus ART after leading the rest of the field for most of the thirty minutes session at Hungaroring today, and confirming he is on fine form following his success last week at Nurburgring. The Series race winner was 0.330 seconds ahead of his teammate James Calado to lock out the front row of the grid for the French team.
A delayed US grand prix next year could be a sigh of relief for more than one reason
Officially, it is believed the organisers requested the date change from June to November to avoid Austin’s hot summer. But there might be more to it, amid speculation a deadline for the first race payment to Bernie Ecclestone will shortly pass while the Texas comptroller continues to review the application for state funding.
Fernando Alonso thinks Sebastian Vettel should not be nervous about his championship chances
McLaren and Alonso’s Ferrari team appear to have caught up with the earlier dominant Red Bull, but Vettel maintains a 77 point advantage with nine races to go.
Although Thesan Capital recently bought HRT
The Spanish team could be set for yet another change of ownership in the very near future. AS and El Economista newspapers say the buyer is Pau Gasol, a famous Spanish basketball player for the famous NBA team Los Angeles Lakers.
Fears Barcelona could be dropped from the 2012 calendar have been eased by the circulation of a new provisional schedule in Hungary
It was rumoured the Spanish venue might have to alternatively share a single annual calendar spot with Valencia, but both destinations are showing on the latest unofficial schedule.
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