GP3 – Daly triumphant in Valencia Race 1

gp3-carlogoConor Daly leads home Facu Regalia to ART Grand Prix 1-2 in Spain

What a dream weekend for American Conor Daly. Pole position yesterday and a lights-to-flag win for the ART Grand Prix driver. It was made extra special for his French squad ART Grand Prix with Daly’s teammate Facu Regalia finishing in P2 just one second back. Koiranen GP rookie Kevin Korjus completed the podium. Read more of this post

GP3 – Daly dashes to maiden pole in Valencia

gp3-carlogoART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly fastest in Spanish qualifying

American Conor Daly was all smiles after securing his debut pole position in GP3 for Round 2 of the season in Valencia with a laptime of 1:22.329. The ART Grand Prix ace will be joined on the front row by MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat and Carlin’s Nick Yelloly. Read more of this post

GP3 – Korjus sets the early pace in Valencia Free Practice

gp3-carlogoKoiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus quickest in opening session in Spain

Rookie Korjus took first blood in Valencia by recording the best lap in Free Practice which was two tenths faster than Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser. Korjus’ laptime was 4.3s quicker than the fastest time set at the circuit in 2012 with the previous generation car. Read more of this post

GP3 – GP3 Series adds Valencia to the 2013 calendar

gp3-carlogoSpanish track will host second round of the season

GP3 Series organisers are pleased to announce Round 2 of the 2013 season will be held in Valencia at the Circuit de Ricardo Tormo on 15-16 June. This will be a standalone event for GP3 in a season which features eight rounds in total, seven of which will run alongside Formula 1, with the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Read more of this post

F1 – Q & A with Mark Gillan, Williams F1 Team Chief Operations Engineer

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer, Williams F1 Team

26 June 2012

The European Grand Prix was a frustrating race for Williams F1. Bruno Senna came away with one world championship point, but many more were on offer until Pastor Maldonado’s challenge came to a premature end. Our Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan gives us his thoughts.

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:
Q: The European Grand Prix promised much for the Williams F1 Team, but ultimately delivered only one point. How would you summarise the competitiveness of the Williams-Renault FW34 this weekend?

MG: We are obviously disappointed not to have capitalised on the pace shown throughout the weekend but we have learnt a great deal at Valencia, especially relating to tyre management.

Q: Your qualifying pace has not quite matched your strong race pace this season. Was Pastor’s third place grid position a sign that this is changing?
MG: Our qualifying pace has improved and Pastor’s pole position in Spain and subsequent third position in qualifying in Valencia is testament to that fact.

Q: Pastor received a penalty following a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap, what was your opinion on this?
MG: Obviously the team were disappointed to see one of our cars sustain damage so close to the end of the race when we were showing good pace, but we respect the decision taken by the stewards.  Both Pastor and the team have moved on and the focus is now on achieving a good result at Silverstone.

Q: The FW34 was very fast all weekend. Was there a particular aspect of the Valencia Street Circuit that suited the car?
MG: No, not really, as the car seems well suited to most circuits.  We have a good base package and with the excellent feedback that our drivers are giving us we are able to selectively develop the car to improve any deficiencies whilst also working on our strengths.

Q: How did the high track temperatures affect tyre wear, particularly for the one-stopping Bruno Senna?
MG: The tyres are sensitive to track temperature so tyre management is of first order importance. In conjunction with his engineers Bruno did a very good job in managing the tyres though the race.

Q: The team’s home race, the British Grand Prix, comes next. What can we expect from the Williams-Renault FW34 at Silverstone?
MG: As per all races the whole team are pushing hard to maximise our performance and deliver a good result, which of course would be extra special given that it is our home grand prix.

F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results – FIA Press Conference

European GP – Conference 4

24/06/2012 Read more of this post

F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results


Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 1:44:16.649 11 25
2 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 57 +6.4 secs 5 18
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 57 +12.6 secs 12 15
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 +13.6 secs 19 12
5 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +19.9 secs 8 10
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 +21.1 secs 6 8
7 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 +22.8 secs 10 6
8 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 57 +24.6 secs 9 4
9 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 57 +27.7 secs 15 2
10 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 57 +35.9 secs 14 1
11 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 57 +37.0 secs 17
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 57 +54.6 secs 3
13 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 57 +75.8 secs 20
14 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 57 +94.6 secs 16
15 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 57 +96.5 secs 23
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 13
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 21
18 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 22
19 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 Accident 2
Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 40 +17 Laps 4
Ret 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 33 +24 Laps 1
Ret 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 33 Accident damage 7
Ret 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 26 Accident damage 18
DNS 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth DNS

Note – Glock did not take part due to a stomach bug. Maldonado originally finished 10th, but had 20s added to his race time for causing a collision

F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results – Ferrari

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

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F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results – Williams F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado, Williams F1 Team

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F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results – Red Bull Racing

Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing

Sunday 24 June 2012

“A CRAZY DAY TODAY… “ Read more of this post

F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results – Mercedes AMG Petronas

Michael Schumacher (GER, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team)

At the end of an exciting European Grand Prix in Valencia, Michael Schumacher finished in third place today, taking the 155th podium finish of his career, with team-mate Nico Rosberg finishing in sixth place. Read more of this post

F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results – Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus F1 Team

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F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results – Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenburg, Sahara Force India F1 Team

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F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results – Pirelli

Pirelli Tyre options

Alonso becomes first two-time race winner of 2012 with Pirelli Read more of this post

F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results – Marussia F1 Team

Charles Pic, Marussia F1 Team


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