Red Bull Junior drivers sign with MW Arden for GP3 Championship
Abu Dhabi to host GP3 season finale in 2013
GP3 Series™ organisers have today unveiled the provisional 2013 calendar which will be made of eight rounds in total. Seven rounds have been confirmed for the season which will run alongside the Formula 1™ World Championship, with an eighth standalone race weekend mid-June (venue to be announced at a later date). The calendar features an exciting new venue for GP3 with Abu Dhabi hosting the final race of the season.
Sauber’s new reserve driver Robin Frijns could split his formula one role next year with the German touring car series DTM.
MW Arden’s David Fumanelli ends Portuguese test on top
Italian David Fumanelli finished as fastest overall on day two in a rain affected test at Estoril, Portugal. The MW Arden driver’s best lap achieved in the morning was a 1:30.261 which set a new GP3 circuit record as he also went on to claim top spot in the wet afternoon session.
MW Arden rookie Daniil Kvyat edges out Ellinas on day one
Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat set the pace on day one after posting the quickest laptime overall with a 1:30.902. Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas was fastest in the morning session and second in the afternoon, a tenth behind the MW Arden driver.
Change of plans for the Auto GP World Series
The fifth round of the Series has been moved from Estoril to Portimão, without any change concerning the date of the event, that remains scheduled for the 2-3 June weekend. The decision, that involves the whole WTCC package, is supported by logistical reasons and has already been approved by the FIA World Council.
Lotus GP’s Aaro Vainio quickest in day two of testing in Portugal.
Finnish driver Aaro Vainio ended the first official GP3 Series pre-season Test as fastest man on day two in Estoril. His best laptime was one second quicker than the benchmark set by Nico Muller yesterday. Vainio had been within the top four quickest drivers on day one and continued his good form into the second day. After heading the morning timesheets, Vanio remained unchallenged for the rest of the day.
“I’m really happy to be in the Championship with Campos Racing” -Max Snegirev
After a fruitful day of testing in Estoril last Sunday, with all their three cars on track, Campos Racing confirmed their complete line-up for the 2012 Auto GP World Series. The team managed by former F1 driver Adrian Campos confirmed that Facundo Regalia, announced back in December, will be joined by Russian Max Snegirev and Italian Giuseppe Cipriani.
With the start of the Championship getting closer and closer the teams keep working hard to get ready for the 2012 Auto GP World Series.
While waiting for the first day of collective testing, scheduled for 2 March in Monza, some teams have decided to organize their own private sessions, a valuable help to arrive at the season opener in the best possible shape.
Portugal hosts first official GP3 test session of 2012
The long wait is finally over! GP3 seriesTM is back on track in 2012 with the first official test session in Portugal. Testing takes place over two days – 21-22 February at the Estoril circuit and gives teams and drivers their first opportunity to get a feel with the car – the GP3 10 and to integrate within their squad.
2012 intercontinental calendar is confirmed
Auto GP keeps growing steadily: entering its third year, the Championship has changed its name to become Auto GP World Series. Not a big change in terms of wording, but an important update that reflects the intercontinental evolution that the Series undertook for 2012, as the Organization confirmed the expansion plan announced last September.
Auto GP will hold the first Official Test of its 2012 season in Monza, on the 2nd of March.
After that some of the Series teams made the most of the winter time to organize some private sessions, going from the warm temperatures of Valencia and Estoril to the cold ones of Misano, the Italian track will host the first collective session of the year.
Formula one needs to accept the steady move away from its traditional European homeland.
That is the claim of Spanish test driver Pedro de la Rosa, whose employer McLaren is based in the UK close to seven other formula one teams. The other four teams are based elsewhere in Europe but, next year for example, no fewer than 12 of the 20 scheduled races will take place on other continents.
Round 3: Portuguese GP – Race
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa took victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix today with a dominant performance that saw him take the lead on lap 25 and never look back. The Spaniard tailed fellow countryman Jorge Lorenzo for much of the race before making his move four laps from the end.
Round 3: Portuguese GP – Free Practice One & Two
Whilst the weather forecast predicted rain all day, Estoril demonstrated how unpredictable its climate is and both MotoGP free practice sessions remained dry, although the rain came the moment the flag dropped on the premier class this afternoon. Overnight rain left the tarmac dirty and slippery however.
The third round of the MotoGP World Championship takes the teams to the Estoril circuit for the Portuguese Grand Prix on 1 May. This year the date of the race has been brought forward from the October slot it has inhabited for the last two years and the teams and riders will be hoping for better weather after last year was hit heavily by rain.
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