Motorsport Week - GP2 & GP3 News http://www.motorsportweek.com Catch up on all GP2 & GP3 news, here at Motorsport Week RSS Feed! http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13535http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13535Campos Racing adds Julien Falchero to 2017 driver line-upFri, 13 Jan 2017 10:58:24 GMT<p><strong>Formula Renault 2.0&nbsp;driver Julien Falchero will race for Campos Racing in GP3 in 2017.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman competed in Formula Renault 2.0 last year for R-ace GP, finishing 13th in the final standings.</p> <p>More recently, he was part of Campos&#39; post-season testing programme at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>In a press release, he said&nbsp;&ldquo;This new challenge&nbsp;in GP3 Series with Campos Racing is an extraordinary opportunity.</p> <p>&quot;The tests in Abu Dhabi and the integration within the team in Valencia in Spain are a real treat for me.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m going to prepare for&nbsp;the&nbsp;season,&nbsp;and I have a great former F1 driver - Jean-Pierre Jarier - as a coach.&quot;</p> <p>Team boss Adri&aacute;n Campos spoke highly of his new signing, saying &ldquo;I&#39;m very happy to welcome Julien to our team. We really worked well together in Abu Dhabi and we were impressed by his maturity.&nbsp;I&#39;m sure we can have a good season.&rdquo;</p> <p>Falchero&#39;s team mates are yet to be decided.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13527http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13527Kevin Joerg to race for Trident in 2017 GP3 seasonWed, 11 Jan 2017 13:07:54 GMT<p><strong>The GP3 grid has started to take shape with the announcement of Kevin Joerg at Trident for the 2017 season.</strong></p> <p>The 21-year-old Swiss driver will remain in the GP3 series, switching from DAMS to Trident after showing flashes of speed in 2016.</p> <p>During his time with DAMS, he scored two top five finishes and five further top 10 results. He returns to Trident, a team he tested with at the end of 2015 in GP3.</p> <p>Following his stint karting, Joerg graduated to single-seaters in the Formula Abarth and Formula BMW championships, before stepping up to Formula Renault 2.0.</p> <p>He finished third in the Eurocup series in 2015, alongside finishing runner-up in the NEC championship, and then moved up to GP3. Joerg will be looking to build on the progress made during last year&rsquo;s maiden GP3 season.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m extremely satisfied to announce that I will enter the upcoming GP3 series season with the Trident team,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Working together with the Milan-based squad, the goal is to stay among the frontrunners and collect several podium finishes.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m absolutely confident that Trident will provide me with all what it takes to reach all the goals I have set for myself. I can&#39;t wait to get back on-track with my new team.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13492http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13492Lack of GP2 drivers graduating to F1 no concern - Bruno MichelFri, 30 Dec 2016 10:47:13 GMT<p><strong>GP2 Series boss Bruno Michel says he isn&#39;t concerned by the lack of GP2 champions&nbsp;immediately graduating to Formula 1.</strong></p> <p>The last feeder series champion to have stepped up to F1 the season following their GP2 crowning was Pastor Maldonado in 2010 after securing a Williams seat for the 2011 season.</p> <p>Meanwhile Jolyon Palmer is the only GP2 champion since Maldonado to graduate to F1, but his promotion to the top level wasn&#39;t immediate and saw him sitting on the sidelines for a season before joining Renault.</p> <p>Next year will see another GP2&nbsp;champion get a delayed promotion in McLaren&#39;s Stoffel Vandoorne, but Michel isn&#39;t concerned as long as they eventually make the step up to F1.</p> <p>&quot;You know, Stoffel was ready [to race in F1], we all knew that. But he had to wait one year,&quot; Michel told&nbsp;<em>Motorsport.</em></p> <p>&quot;It is always better when we get our [champion] driver to the grid [the following year], but&nbsp;look at what happened to Stoffel. You look at what happened to Jolyon.</p> <p>&quot;They did not get on the grid the following season, but they got on the grid eventually, and that&#39;s the most important thing for me.&quot;</p> <p>The most recent GP2 champion, Pierre Gasly, has also failed to secure an F1 seat for 2017 and will race in Japan for a year, but Michel is confident he will make the step up eventually.</p> <p>&quot;Pierre will not go to Toro Rosso, but the guy is ready for F1. I&#39;m sure Pierre will get to F1 at some point, but it is not happening next year.</p> <p>&quot;It would be better to see automatically guys going [to F1], but its not always like that. It&#39;s been the case, but it&#39;s not always like this.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13457http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13457Louis Deletraz signs for Racing Engineering for 2017 GP2 SeasonFri, 16 Dec 2016 13:37:14 GMT<p><strong>Formula V8 3.5 vice-champion Louis Deletraz will partner Gustav Malja at Racing Engineering during the 2017 GP2 season.</strong></p> <p>The Switzerland-born racer narrowly missed out on the FV8 3.5&nbsp;title this season, overpowered by Tom Dillmann at the final race of the season in Catalunya.</p> <p>With Formula V8 over at the start of November, he joined Carlin for the final two races of the 2016 GP2 campaign in Abu Dhabi, in place of Marvin Kirchhoefer.</p> <p>Post-season testing soon followed, and allowed Deletraz his first opportunity to step&nbsp;into Racing Engineering machinery. Malja also tested for the team, and it was&nbsp;announced last week that <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/13433">he&nbsp;would join the Spanish outfit</a>, making&nbsp;the switch from Rapax.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s the natural next step in my career,&quot; Deletraz said in a press release.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s the final category before reaching Formula 1,&nbsp;and getting to F1 is my primary goal. Racing Engineering are a good team and have produced some top results during the last five years.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ll have much to learn during the next season, so it&#39;s very important to gave a good team behind you so they can help you as a driver and work well together.&quot;</p> <p>Deletraz impressed over his three days of testing with the team at Yas Marina Circuit, finishing second-fastest in the morning session on the final day. He says the preparation will be key to success in the season ahead.</p> <p>&quot;To get the deal sorted before the 2017 season even begins is excellent. We worked very well together during the three-day test in Abu Dhabi, so I really think we can get some good results in 2017.&quot;</p> <p>His father, Jean-Denis Deletraz, participated in three Formula 1 Grands Prix in the nineties. He has the unique distinction of taking part in Larrousse&#39;s final ever race&nbsp;at the Australian Grand Prix&nbsp;in 1994, before completing&nbsp;a two-race stint with Pacific in 1995.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13433http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13433Gustav Malja joins Racing Engineering for 2017Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:23:18 GMT<p><strong>Gustav Malja has signed to race for Racing Engineering for the 2017 GP2 Series.</strong></p> <p>The Swedish racer&nbsp;tested for the team&nbsp;across the three-day&nbsp;post-season test in Abu Dhabi, where he set the fourth-best time on the final morning, and was officially announced as their driver the following week.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m excited to join Racing Engineering for the 2017 GP2 season,&quot; said Malja.</p> <p>&quot;We began getting to know each other in Abu Dhabi last week, and I immediately felt very much at home. It&rsquo;s a team with a long and successful history in GP2, and I&rsquo;m convinced it&rsquo;s the ideal place for my continued development as a driver.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m also very pleased to have everything in place at such an early stage &ndash; it will ease preparations this winter and give us all some peace of mind.&rdquo;</p> <p>Malja&#39;s GP2 career began in 2015, racing for Trident in Belgium, before&nbsp;switching to Rapax for the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi rounds.&nbsp;</p> <p>He was retained by Rapax for 2016, and it was with them that the Swede raced to 13th in the drivers&#39; standings, taking back-to-back podiums in the Belgian sprint&nbsp;and Italian feature races at Spa and Monza respectively.</p> <p>Racing Engineering finished second in last season&#39;s Teams&#39; championship, with a brace of wins each for drivers Norman Nato and Jordan King, but neither driver have yet been announced to partner Malja.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13402http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13402Nicholas Latifi ends GP2 test fastest for DAMSFri, 02 Dec 2016 18:27:53 GMT<p><strong>Nicholas Latifi finished the final day of the post-season GP2 test in Abu Dhabi fastest for DAMS.</strong></p> <p>With a time of 1:48.929, the Canadian also took the distinction of fastest lap over the three days of testing, just 0.008s faster than Raffaele Marciello&#39;s session-topping time on day 1.</p> <p>In the slower morning session, Jordan King&#39;s 1:49.880 effort was enough to secure top spot for MP Motorsport, followed by Indy Lights racer Louis Deletraz.</p> <p>GP2 regulars Johnny Cecotto Jr, Gustav Malja, Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov filled the next four positions, with new Prema signing Antonio Fuoco in seventh.</p> <p>European F3 racer Sergio Sette Camara was eighth-fastest, followed by Formula V8 3.5 racer Egor Orudzhev in ninth, and Philo Paz Armand in tenth.</p> <p>The afternoon session seemed to suit the cars better, with most drivers improving by half a second or more. It was then that Latifi was able to post his time of 1:48.929, only the second time over the three days that a sub-1:48 time was posted.</p> <p>Johnny Cecotto Jr was next, two tenths down on the DAMS man, with Joran King third for MP, concluding a strong day for the Brit.</p> <p>Compatriot Oliver Rowland was fourth, followed by Markelov, with 2017 Prema team mates Fuoco and&nbsp;Charles Leclerc sixth and seventh.</p> <p>Sean&nbsp;Galael finished eighth-fastest, with ART drivers&nbsp;Alexander Albon and Callum Ilott rounding out the top ten.</p> <p>GP2 Series will resume in the new year, with the 2017 season likely to commence in support of the Spanish Grand Prix on 12-14 May.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13401http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13401George Russell fastest overall on final day of GP3 testFri, 02 Dec 2016 17:50:19 GMT<p><strong>George Russell posted the fastest time for ART Grand Prix during the final day of the three-day post-season GP3 test in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>The Briton, who won two races on his way to third in the European F3 series this year with HitechGP, clocked a lap time of 1:55.364.</p> <p>The time, contrary to the best efforts posted thus far in the test was set in the earlier morning session, and as the test concluded on Friday, it went down as the quickest overall time of the three-day event.</p> <p>Russell was over half a second quicker than Haas F1 Team protege Santino Ferrucci, whose 1:55.907 effort for Trident was the only other lap to break the 1:56 barrier on day three.</p> <p>Behind him came day two&#39;s fastest man Alessio Lorandi for Jenzer Motorsport, followed by Arden pair Max Defourny and Leonardo Pulchini.</p> <p>Positions 6-9 were filled by GP3 regulars Jack Aitken, Arjun Maini, Steijn Schothorst and Kevin Joerg, with Italian F4 champion Marcos Siebert rounding out the top ten.</p> <p>The afternoon session got underway after the lunch break, and Russell was once again on top, some four tenths down on his earlier time.</p> <p>The pace stayed amongst many of the same drivers, with Lorandi, Pulchini, Maini and&nbsp;Ferrucci making up the top five, followed by Giuliano Alesi, Aitken, Robert Schwartzmann, Alex Palou and Bruno Baptista, who completed the top ten.</p> <p>GP3 Series will get back underway in 2017, and though no calendar has been formally announced, it is likely to begin with races in support of the Spanish Grand Prix on 13-14 May.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13392http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13392Alexander Albon tops second day of GP2 test for ARTThu, 01 Dec 2016 16:59:07 GMT<p><strong>GP3 vice-champion Alexander Albon topped the time sheets on the second day of GP2 post-season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>The Thai driver, who raced to second in this year&#39;s GP3 standings with ART, set a time of 1:49.062, marginally quicker than Trident&#39;s&nbsp;Raffaele Marciello, who was just 0.024s behind.</p> <p>The class of the GP3 runners shone through, with Albon&#39;s team mate and championship rival Charles Leclerc third on the timing screens at the end of the afternoon session in the colours of his new team for 2017, Prema.</p> <p>Much like the GP3 test sessions, which split running with GP2, most drivers found around half a second in the slightly warmer afternoon session, with Albon&#39;s time over six tenths faster than Oliver Rowland&#39;s morning session-topping effort of 1:49.675.</p> <p>As far as the afternoon session was concerned, Jordan King posted the fourth-fastest time for MP Motorsport, with Johnny Cecotto Jr fifth.</p> <p>Next came recent GP2 addition Louis Deletraz for Racing Engineering, with the DAMS pair of Oliver Rowland and Nicolas Latifi seventh and eighth.</p> <p>Antonio Fuoco settled into his new Prema machinery nicely in ninth, with Nyck de Vries - testing for Rapax - rounding out the top ten.</p> <p>European F3 drivers Callum Ilott and Sergio Sette Camara posted the 14th and 15th fastest times respectively, with Indy Lights driver Felix Serralles 19th for Carlin, Campos&#39;&nbsp;Daniel Juncadella in 20th, and Chris Hoher (who took part in the the British GP3 rounds for Campos in 2015)&nbsp;placed 22nd for Russian Time.</p> <p>The final day of testing will take place tomorrow on Friday 2 December.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13389http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13389Alessio Lorandi tops day two of testing for Jenzer MotorsportThu, 01 Dec 2016 14:27:54 GMT<p><strong>Jenzer Motorsport&#39;s Alessio Lorandi topped the time sheets on day two of the post-season GP3 test in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>With a time of 1:55.734, the Italian bested the time set by Arden&#39;s Niko Kari in the morning session by just over two tenths to top day two of the test.</p> <p>The afternoon provided quicker times than the cooler morning session, with most improving their times by around half a second; Lorandi bettering his early effort by six tenths.</p> <p>Kari set the pace in the earlier morning session, and the Finn was the only man to drop under the 1:56 mark.</p> <p>He repeated the feat in the afternoon session, but was fourth, behind Lorandi, Haas F1 development driver Santino Ferrucci, and Steijn Schothorst, all of whom also dipped into the 1 minute 55s.</p> <p>Antoine Hubert finished fifth-fastest for ART,&nbsp;followed by Korainen tester Raoul Hyman, Jack Aitken (who finished second in the morning session), British F3 champion Matheus Leist, Arjun Maini, and Kevin Joerg, who completed the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13386http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13386Mitch Evans confirms departure from GP2 in 2017Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:53:51 GMT<p><strong>Mitch Evans today confirmed via social media that he will not be participating in GP2 series in 2017.</strong></p> <p>The New Zealander notched&nbsp;18 podiums, including five wins, over the course of his GP2 career, but has decided to shift emphasis to his&nbsp;responsibilities with Panasonic Jaguar Racing.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ll now focus on my professional career in Formula E which I&#39;m really looking forward to.&quot; he said in a post on Facebook.</p> <p>Evans, and Jaguar team mate Adam Carroll,&nbsp;will be hoping to score the team&#39;s first points in&nbsp;at the Buenos Aires ePrix on February 18, 2017, when the 2016-17 Formula E season resumes.</p> <p>&quot;The time has come to close my&nbsp;GP2 Series&nbsp;chapter&quot; he said as he confirmed that 2016 would would be his last in the feeder series.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s been an extremely tough 4 years that has tested my limits on and off track. Even though I didn&#39;t achieve my goal of becoming champion, I&#39;m incredibly proud of what I&#39;ve achieved in this championship.&quot;</p> <p>Evans began his GP2 career in 2013, racing for Arden International after graduating from the team&#39;s GP3 team as champion the previous year.</p> <p>He took&nbsp;four podiums in his rookie year before moving to Russian Time for the next two seasons, where he enjoyed his&nbsp;most successful period in the series,&nbsp;finishing fourth and fifth in the championship in 2014 and 2015 respectively.</p> <p>His 2016 campaign bore less fruit with Campos Racing, with a win at the Red Bull Ring his sole trip to the podium, on the way to 12th place in the standings.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13384http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13384Raffaele Marciello fastest on day one of GP2 test in Abu DhabiWed, 30 Nov 2016 16:51:43 GMT<p><strong>Raffaele Marciello set the pace for Trident on the opening day of the post-season GP2 test in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>Having raced for Russian Time in 2016, Marciello returned to the team he competed with in 2015 for day one of GP2 testing at the Yas Marina Circuit.</p> <p>He was second fastest in the morning, before moving to the top of the timesheets late in the afternoon with a 1m48.937.</p> <p>With conditions improving throughout the day and GP3 cars also rubbering it in further during their sessions, the times tumbled in the afternoon.</p> <p>Nobuharu Matsushita finished second for ART Grand Prix, with DAMS runners Oliver Rowland and Nicholas Latifi third and fourth, a few tenths off first place.</p> <p>Johnny Cecotto Jr. was fifth for Rapax, following his return to GP2 for the 2016 finale in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>GP3 champion Charles Leclerc tested for 2016 GP2 teams&rsquo; champion Prema, with the Ferrari Driver Academy member in sixth.</p> <p>Jordan King joined Russian Time for the test and was seventh, ahead of test team-mate Artem Markelov &ndash; who brought the session to a close slightly early after stopping on track.</p> <p>Luca Ghiotto switched from his 2016 team Trident to Rapax and was ninth, with Sean Gelael testing for Arden and finishing 10<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi was 11<sup>th</sup> in the second Arden, while GP3 title contender Alexander Albon was 14<sup>th</sup>.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13381http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13381Fukuzumi leads ART 1-2-3 on opening day of Abu Dhabi GP3 testWed, 30 Nov 2016 15:32:34 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s three drivers running on the opening day of the GP3 Abu Dhabi post-season test finished at the top of the timesheets.</strong></p> <p>Honda prot&eacute;g&eacute; Nirei Fukuzumi led the way after a late 1m55.479s, finishing ahead of 2016 Arden driver and fellow ART GP runner Jack Aitken.</p> <p>Formula 3 racer George Russell also drove for the French outfit on day one of the GP3 test, finishing in third place to make it an ART GP clean-sweep.</p> <p>Trident&#39;s Arjun Maini was fourth quickest, with DAMS racer Santino Ferrucci fifth and Maini&rsquo;s testing team-mate Alessio Lorandi in sixth.</p> <p>Raoul Hyman in the second DAMS machine was seventh, with Jean Alesi&rsquo;s son Giuliano in eighth for Trident.</p> <p>DAMS&rsquo; Steijn Schothorst and Trident&rsquo;s Ryan Tveter, who raced in Formula 3 this year, rounded out the top 10.</p> <p>The vast majority of the quickest times on day one of the test were set in the afternoon session, as GP3 alternated running with GP2 at the Yas Marina Circuit.</p> <p>Two red flags interrupted the GP3 running, first for Maini stopping on track and then later on for debris.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13370http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13370Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco move up to GP2 with Prema for 2017Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:40:58 GMT<p><strong>GP3 champion Charles Leclerc and race winner Antonio Fuoco have been confirmed at Prema Racing for the 2017 GP2 season.</strong></p> <p>Prema debuted in GP2 this year, locking out the top two positions in the drivers&rsquo; championship with title winner Pierre Gasly and team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi.</p> <p>The Italian outfit also won the teams&rsquo; title too, but has gone for an all-new driver line-up for the 2017 season.</p> <p>Leclerc stormed to the GP3 championship this season, winning three races with ART Grand Prix. Meanwhile Fuoco finished third in the standings.</p> <p>The two Ferrari Driver Academy members will graduate to GP2 next year and drive for Prema at the post-season Abu Dhabi test.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am delighted to line-up for the 2017 GP2 series with Prema and with the Ferrari Driver Academy,&rdquo; Leclerc said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t wait to start preparations for this new and exciting challenge. After having completed my GP3 experience in the best possible way, I will continue to give my 100 percent to keep bringing home positive results.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am sure that the support of the reigning champion team, which also finished 1-2 in the 2016 driver standings, will prove crucial.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fuoco added: &ldquo;Entering the GP2 series in 2017 will be particularly exciting, and doing it with an Italian team which is also the reigning champion will provide some additional motivations for me to do well.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think that combining the potential of both the team and the Ferrari Driver Academy, we will definitely get some great satisfactions and continue in our personal and professional growth.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13363http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13363Sergio Sette Camara to race in GP2 with MP Motorsport in 2017Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:37:11 GMT<p><strong>Red Bull junior Sergio Sette Camara will move up to the GP2 series for the 2017 season with the MP Motorsport team.</strong></p> <p>The Brazilian driver has been racing in the European Formula 3 championship this year, finishing 11<sup>th</sup> in the standings and scoring a podium at the Macau Grand Prix.</p> <p>Following his Toro Rosso F1 drive at the Silverstone in-season test, he will move from F3 to GP2 next year with Dutch outfit MP Motorsport and test for the team in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am extremely happy to announce that next year I will be competing in the GP2 series,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a very competitive category with sensational cars. The teams are very professional, and all drivers are very fast and talented.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a big step in relation to F3 on a platform where I can learn a lot, I can&#39;t wait to sit in the car and start to push.</p> <p>&ldquo;I believe this whole experience will assist me in the quest for mileage and the results I expect.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am grateful for the opportunity to compete with the team and I hope soon I can get closer to my trajectory towards F1.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13354http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13354Alex Lynn victorious in Abu Dhabi as Pierre Gasly takes championshipSun, 27 Nov 2016 11:33:21 GMT<p><strong>Alex Lynn took his third win of the season in Sunday&#39;s GP2 sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, but the result paled in comparison to Pierre Gasly&#39;s championship win.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman gave himself the best possible chance of taking the crown with victory from pole position in Saturday&#39;s race giving him a 12-point advantage over team mate and rival Antonio Giovinazzi.</p> <p>Though Gasly finished outside the points on Sunday, Giovinazzi was not able to score enough points to make a difference, ending up sixth.</p> <p>Gasly started eighth after winning on Saturday, with Giovinazzi starting in fourth, but the latter dropped to sixth as the lights went out. A tough race for the Italian included a brush with Artem Markelov, and the two banged wheels towards the end of the race. Both continued, and Giovinazzi was able to maintain the advantage, holding on to four points.</p> <p>Gasly, who had remained eighth for the duration of the race, was usurped by Mitch Evans late on, missing out on scoring a point in the final race of the season.</p> <p>Amongst the championship permutations, the leaders of the race were somewhat forgotten, with Alex Lynn building a near-5 second lead over Johnny Cecotto Jr in second. Sergey Sirotkin completed the podium for ART.</p> <p>After the top three were Nobharu Matsushita, Norman Nato, Giovinazzi, Markelov, and Evans, who completed the points, with Gasly and Jordan King rounding out the top 10.</p> <p>The final points tally put Gasly on 219, with Giovinazzi just eight points in arrears on 211. It marks Gasly as the second French GP2 champion after Romain Grosjean in 2011.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13353http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13353Jake Hughes heads British 1-2 in final race of 2016Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:40:10 GMT<p><strong>DAMS driver Jake Hughes took victory in Sunday&#39;s GP3 sprint race, just ahead of compatriot Jack Aitken, bringing down the curtain on the seventh season of the junior category.</strong></p> <p>Hughes took the lead at the first corner, as reverse-grid pole-sitter Konstantin Tereschenko squabbled with Nirei Fukuzuki, and was able to control the pace thereafter.<strong> </strong></p> <p>With the title won by Charles Leclerc on Saturday, Sunday&#39;s race was a chance for the field to have one last bit of fun before the winter break.</p> <p>For 2016 runner-up Alexander Albon, however, that was not the case, as the ART driver crashed with Arden&#39;s Tatiana Calderon on the opening lap, prompting a safety car.</p> <p>After the restart on lap 3, Hughes set about building a gap, leading Aitken by just under two seconds at the chequered flag. It was the Briton&#39;s second win of the season, wth Aitken taking his sixth podium in eight races, a very strong end to the season.</p> <p>Nirei Fukuzumi completed the podium for ART, followed by fastest lap-setter Jake Dennis, then Alex Palou, Tereschenko and Steijn Schothorst, with Kevin Joerg completing the points in eighth.</p> <p>Series champion Charles Leclerc finished just outside the points in ninth after starting P17, meaning none of the three championship contenders scored a single point during races over the final weekend of the season; Leclerc&#39;s points for pole position the only change in the final tally. Giuliano Alesi rounded out the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13351http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13351GP2 title goes to the wire as Pierre Gasly takes dominant feature winSat, 26 Nov 2016 18:10:46 GMT<p><strong>The GP2 title will go down to the final race of the season on Sunday in Abu Dhabi as Pierre Gasly stormed to victory in Saturday&#39;s feature race, giving the Frenchman a 12-point lead over&nbsp;Antonio Giovinazzi.</strong></p> <p>The&nbsp;Prema driver took his fourth win of the season ahead of ART&#39;s Nobuharu Matsushita, whilst&nbsp;Russian Time&#39;s Artem Markelov completed the podium in third.</p> <p>The Red Bull junior led from pole position with fellow front-row starter Sergey Sirotkin slotting in behind him. However Sirotkin was soon under pressure from his team-mate Matsushita with Oliver Rowland not far behind the battle for second.</p> <p>That scrap allowed Gasly to open up an instant lead before his first stop on Lap 6.</p> <p>Meanwhile then-championship leader Giovinazzi was back in sixth and fell further down the field as he chose to stay out for another lap as those around stopped for fresh rubber. With his tyres falling apart, he finally stopped, but came out amidst a battle between Alex Lynn and Raffaele Marciello.</p> <p>Matsushita and Lynn, running the harder tyre, managed to stay out until Lap 26 before finally stopping. As they emerged from their stops, Matsushita rejoined in third and Lynn in P9.</p> <p>The Japanese racer set about hunting down Markelov, who had taken a lot out of his tyres in a bid hold onto P2, but it wasn&#39;t enough and Matsushita&#39;s fresher tyres allowed him to cruise by in the final laps.</p> <p>As the checkered flag came out, Gasly took a comfortable win and the championship lead, with it all to play for on Sunday.</p> <p>Matsushita was second ahead of Markelov, Sirotkin and Giovinazzi. Completing the top ten runners was Norman Nato, Johnny Cecotto, Lynn, Nicholas Latifi and Marciello.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13341http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13341De Vries wins in Abu Dhabi; Leclerc claims title as both contenders retireSat, 26 Nov 2016 09:36:55 GMT<p><strong>ART&#39;s Nyck de Vries won his second race of the season in Saturday&#39;s feature race in Abu Dhabi, but his victory was a mere subtitle as the championship was decided.</strong></p> <p>Both GP3 title contenders Charles Leclerc and Alexander Albon retired from the event in separate incidents, confirming Leclerc as drivers&#39; champion for 2016.</p> <p>With Albon on pole, the points differential was cut to 25, but with neither driver scoring and a maximum of 17 points available for the sprint race, the title was decided, making the Monaco-born ART man the seventh GP3 champion.</p> <p>Albon was controlling the race happily until a safety car appeared on Lap 8 to recover the car of&nbsp;Tatiana Calderon&nbsp;from Turn 1. Then, at the restart, the pole-sitter came under pressure from Jack Aitken.</p> <p>The Arden driver passed him for the lead&nbsp;whilst off-track, but any protests over track limits were swiftly forgotten when Albon hit&nbsp;the rear of Aitken&#39;s car, launching the ART into the air and breaking its suspension when it came back to earth, eliminating him from the race, and indeed the championship fight.</p> <p>Leclerc had been stuck behind Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci for the majority of the race, and with the demise of Albon and Aitken, their fight become one for third place.</p> <p>Eager to get on the podium and with the title in style, he went for a move around the outside of Ferrucci at Turn 10, but he found himself pushed wide by the American. Contact was made, his tyre was punctured, and Leclerc, too, was eliminated from the proceedings.</p> <p>The drama ensured Leclerc would have an insurmountable lead going into the final race of the season on Sunday, crowning him as drivers&#39; champion.</p> <p>The drama at the front left Nyck de Vries in the lead, and he coolly led home the remaining Arden pair of Jake Dennis and the recovering Aitken, who set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 2.</p> <p>Behind the podium finishers came Kevin Joerg, Nirei Fukuzumi, Steijn Schothorst, Jake Hughes, Konstantin Tereschenko, Ferrucci - who received a 10-second penalty for his clash with Leclerc - and Alex Palou, who rounded out the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13334http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13334Callum Ilott to test for ART in Abu DhabiFri, 25 Nov 2016 17:11:18 GMT<p><strong>European F3 driver Callum Ilott will take part in the GP2 post-season test for ART GP on December 1-2.</strong></p> <p>Ilott was this week confirmed as a Prema Powerteam driver for next season&nbsp;after an impressive 2016 campaign&nbsp;with Van Amersfoort Racing, with whom he finished sixth in the standings, scoring six podiums and two wins.</p> <p>However, he will participate in the season-ending&nbsp;test for ART GP, who currently sit fourth in the teams&#39; championship.</p> <p>&quot;The chance to test a GP2 car was something I just couldn&#39;t miss&quot; said Ilott of the opportunity.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s a category I will be looking to for the future, so a chance to get some decent seat time is something I jumped at.</p> <p>&quot;With my plans in place for 2017 already, I can just enjoy the experience.&quot;</p> <p>It will be the Briton&#39;s first taste of GP2 machinery, as well as the Yas Marina Circuit, two challenges he ianticipates.</p> <p>&ldquo;The GP2 car seems to be more physical to drive and it&rsquo;s a lot quicker on the straights, so the chance for some more power is always welcome.&quot;</p> <p>Ilott&#39;s new&nbsp;team for 2017, Prema, won the 2016 European F3 drivers&#39; championship with Canadian Lance Stroll,&nbsp;taking a dominant 14 wins out of 30 races.</p> <p>Prema will be looking to add another drivers&#39; title to their trophy cabinet on Sunday, with with GP2 team mates Antonio Giovinazzi and Pierre Gasly separated by just three points going into the final two races.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13333http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13333Pierre Gasly reduces gap to Antonio Giovinazzi with pole in Abu DhabiFri, 25 Nov 2016 16:37:48 GMT<p><strong>Prema Powerteam&#39;s Pierre Gasly has all-but evened up the points in the GP2 standings with pole position for the feature race in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman was over three tenths faster than next-best Sergey Sirotkin in the ART machine, posting a time of 1:47.476 to take pole in the final qualifying session of the year.</p> <p>This gives&nbsp;him four points, and reduces&nbsp;the gap to team mate and series points leader Antonio Giovinazzi - who qualified sixth - to just three points.</p> <p>Gasly waited for a clear track in the session, heading out later than everyone else and setting his pole time on a virtually empty Yas Marina Circuit.</p> <p>Behind Gasly and Sirotkin were&nbsp;Artem Markelov, McLaren protege Nobuharu Matsushita, and Oliver Rowland.</p> <p>Giovinazzi will line up ahead of&nbsp;Norman Nato, with Raffaele Marciello, who is still mathematically in the title fight, eighth on the grid for Russian Time.</p> <p>Alex Lynn and Mitch Evans round out the top ten, with series debutants Louis Deletraz and Emil Bernstorff 20th and 22nd respectively.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13331http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13331Alexander Albon takes pole for Abu Dhabi feature raceFri, 25 Nov 2016 12:04:19 GMT<p><strong>ART&#39;s Alexander Albon has taken pole position in the final GP3 qualifying session of the season in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>With a time of 1:55.274, Albon gives himself a fighting chance against Charles Leclerc for the title going into the last two races of the season, with the Monegasque driver down in fifth place.</p> <p>The Thai driver faced an uphill struggle in the final round of the season, with a 29-point gap to team mate and series points leader Leclerc looking near insurmountable.</p> <p>However, pole position gives Albon four points, narrowing the gap to 25, the going rate for a race win.</p> <p>It looked like Jake Dennis could be in contention to take pole position for Arden after a good run with only a few minutes to go, but Albon pipped him but just over two tenths.</p> <p>After Albon set provisional pole, he came into the pits, and Dennis and Leclerc attempted one final run after the chequered flag, but as expected, the tyres were not durable enough for two consecutive fast laps, and things stayed as they were, and Albon celebrated in Parc Ferme.</p> <p>DAMS&#39; Jake Hughes endured a tough session, with his engine seemingly overheating late in the session after a cooling fan was left in his left sidepod, causing smoke to pour from the exhaust. The Briton ended the session in 20th place, ahead only of Matevos Isaakyan, and Alessio Lorandi, who did not set a time.</p> <p>Behind Albon at the top finished Dennis and Jack Aitken for Arden, followed by ART pair Nyck de Vries and Leclerc. Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci will line up sixth, ahead of Arjun Maini, Kevin Joerg, Steijn Schothorst, and the fourth and final ART of Nirei Fukuzumi, who completed the top ten.</p> <p>Trident&#39;s Antonio Fuoco, who needed absolute maximum points in all sessions&nbsp;to take the title this weekend, finished the session 11th and is now eliminated from the title fight as a result of not taking pole position, making it a two-way team mate fight for the championship.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13316http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13316Hilmer confirms plans for GP2 return in 2017Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:46:33 GMT<p><strong>Hilmer Motorsport has announced its intensions to return to the GP2 series in 2017, having last raced in the series at Monza in 2015.</strong></p> <p>The German team joined GP2 in 2013, having replaced Ocean Racing Technology, and scored four wins thanks to Robin Frijns, Jon Lancaster and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.</p> <p>Having partnered up with the Force India F1 team and being signed as one of the teams for the 2014-2016 GP2 seasons, Hilmer suffered a tough second year in the feeder championship.</p> <p>Hilmer failed to put a full season together in 2015 and raced for the final time at Monza, ending the year at the bottom of the teams&rsquo; championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to return to the podium as quickly as possible,&quot; said team boss Franz Hilmer. &ldquo;Talks with drivers who are keen on winning and who want to succeed together with us have begun.</p> <p>&ldquo;The GP2 is the benchmark for everyone who is fighting for a factory contract in the professional motorsport business.&rdquo;</p> <p>It has also partnered up with businessman Maik Schiede, who will help Hilmer in running the team.</p> <p>He explained: &ldquo;I think that we can put together a strong and young team under the aspect of diligence and meticulous work for success.</p> <p>&ldquo;The challenges in GP2 in 2017 and especially beyond require it; we will gear ourselves up for it.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13298http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13298Emil Bernstorff to make GP2 debut in Abu Dhabi with ArdenSat, 19 Nov 2016 10:47:50 GMT<p><strong>Emil Bernstorff will make his GP2 Series debut at the 2016 season finale in Abu Dhabi next weekend, joining Arden International for the round at Yas Marina.</strong></p> <p>Bernstorff, 23, spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons racing in GP3, finishing his sophomore year fourth in the championship for Arden with two wins to his name.</p> <p>The Briton will now make the step up to GP2 for Abu Dhabi, having previously tested for Arden at Yas Marina at the end of 2015.</p> <p>&quot;First of all I would like to thank Arden for this opportunity,&quot; Bernstorff said.</p> <p>&quot;It will be a steep learning curve but I&#39;m really looking forward to the challenge and to working with the team again.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;We are pleased to give Emil the opportunity to race with us at the final race weekend at Abu Dhabi, and are confident that he will equip himself well, in spite of the fact that he has had limited track time in a GP2 car,&quot; Arden&#39;s Gary Horner added.</p> <p>Bernstorff will replace Jimmy Eriksson for the weekend, partnering Nabil Jeffri.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13293http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13293Louis Deletraz joins Carlin for GP2 debut at season finaleFri, 18 Nov 2016 13:13:48 GMT<p><strong>Formula V8 3.5 runner-up Louis Deletraz will make his GP2 debut at the season finale next weekend in Abu Dhabi, the Carlin team have confirmed.</strong></p> <p>The Swiss racer will replace Marvin Kirchhofer, teaming up with Sergio Canamasas for the race.</p> <p>Deletraz, whose father Jean-Denis made three Formula 1 appearances with Larrousse and Pacific in the &#39;90s, is currently a Renault Sport Academy driver and won the&nbsp;Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship in 2015 with nine victories.</p> <p>Carlin described the race as a &quot;weekend of learning&quot; as the 19-year-old has never driven a GP2 car, raced at Abu Dhabi or used Pirelli tyres.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;re pleased to have Louis on board for the final round of the season at Abu Dhabi,&quot; commented racing director Trevor Carlin. &quot;We&rsquo;ve watched Louis over the course of the season and he has impressed us with his ability to be challenging for the Formula V8 3.5 title in only his rookie season.</p> <p>&quot;Abu Dhabi will be a learning curve for him and no doubt he will take on a lot from the experience of racing in the GP2 car but we&rsquo;re excited to have him in the cockpit and look forward to working with him in Abu Dhabi.&quot;</p> <p>Deletraz added: &quot;GP2 is the championship that I want to race in next season so it&rsquo;s great that I have the opportunity to contest the final race of the season with Carlin. They are a very experienced team and have been successful in GP2 after finishing second in the 2014 championship. That&rsquo;s something that will benefit me as I start to learn about a completely new racing formula.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s going to be a big challenge at Yas Marina because I have no previous GP2 experience. I&rsquo;ll be learning a new car, a different kind of tyre, a new track and working with a new team. I&rsquo;m definitely excited by the opportunity to make my GP2 debut and test myself in a new category. It will be interesting to see what the performance is like in Abu Dhabi.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13225http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13225Charles Leclerc set to enter GP2 in 2017Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:45:29 GMT<p><strong>Ferrari and Haas junior driver Charles Leclerc is poised to move into GP2 next year&nbsp;despite being linked with a Formula 1 drive for the 2017 season.</strong></p> <p>Leclerc,&nbsp;19, joined the Ferrari Driver Academy at the beginning of the season after impressing through 2015 in FIA Formula 3, before being planted at Haas by virtue of the technical partnership between the two teams.</p> <p>Leclerc has taken part in three F1 practice sessions so far this season with Haas, as well as racing in GP3, where he leads the championship by 29 points ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>The Monegasque racer had been linked with a possible move up to F1 for 2017 with Haas should the team opt to change its existing driver line-up of Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez.</p> <p>However, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has confirmed that Leclerc is set to move into GP2 for 2017 ahead of his next FP1 appearance in Brazil this Friday.</p> <p>&quot;Charles has done a good job for the team. He always did his programme and he performed what we asked of him,&quot; Steiner said.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s always difficult when a driver is only in for FP1, but he&rsquo;s very professional and has provided good feedback. We&rsquo;ve been very happy with his contributions.</p> <p>&quot;He&rsquo;s in GP3 at the moment and can win the title in Abu Dhabi. He&rsquo;s got a season of GP2 coming up and we will see how far he can get.</p> <p>&quot;If he wins GP2 or is in the top-three in his first year of GP2, he will have a good future in front of him.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13005http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13005GP3 series to introduce DRS for 2017 seasonWed, 05 Oct 2016 13:09:40 GMT<p><strong>GP3 will adopt a drag reduction system (DRS) for the 2017 season, bringing it in line with both GP2 and Formula 1.</strong></p> <p>The system, which reduces drag by opening a small flap on the rear-wing, was introduced to F1 in 2011 and GP2 in 2015, with the aim of increasing the amount of overtaking.</p> <p>GP2 and GP3 series CEO, Bruno Michel, says it&#39;s only natural that the junior series follows in the footsteps of GP2 and F1 to prepare its drivers for future graduation, whilst also&nbsp;improving the quality of the racing.</p> <p>&quot;We introduced a new car in GP3 this year and it has given us 100 per cent&nbsp;satisfaction in terms of reliability so we decided to add another layer to the drivers&rsquo; apprenticeship with the addition of DRS in order to prepare them for GP2,&quot; he told <em>Insider magazine.</em></p> <p>&quot;Of course, it will also spice up the GP3 races which have been a little bit too quiet at the beginning of the season, but they have started to become extremely enjoyable in recent rounds.</p> <p>&quot;DRS will also attract drivers to the series because they are always looking for anything that will help them prepare for the future.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12980http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12980Luca Ghiotto holds off Raffaele Marciello to take maiden GP2 win in MalaysiaSun, 02 Oct 2016 05:40:05 GMT<p><strong>Trident&#39;s Luca Ghiotto held off a late charge from Russian Time&#39;s Raffaele Marciello to take his first ever GP2 series win in Malaysia.</strong></p> <p>The Italian driver&#39;s win makes him the 10th different driver to take victory during the 2016 season, doing so after resisting immense pressure from&nbsp;compatriot Marciello.</p> <p>Prema&#39;s two title-contending drivers&nbsp;recovered from mid-field&nbsp;grid positions&nbsp;to score strong points from the 22-lap race, with Gasly rising from 11th on the grid to third place come the finish, and Antonio GIovinazzi moving from eighth to fourth.</p> <p>Rapax&#39;s Gustav Malja looked like he would take the bottom step on the rostrum, but a mistake at the very end of the race allowed both Prema racers to progress.</p> <p>There were a number of retirements during the race, the most noteable of which was for Racing Engineering&#39;s Norman Nato, who was clumsily hit by team mate Jordan King at Turn 2 on the second lap.</p> <p>Though King claimed that the Frenchman turned in on him, King was handed a ten-second time penalty for his efforts, while Nato retired on the spot.</p> <p>The Safety Car was required for one lap to clear the stricken Racing Engineering machinery, but when it came back in Ghiotto gauged his restart perfectly, and was able to defend his lead until the chequered flag.</p> <p>Behind him finished title contenders&nbsp;Marciello, Gasly and&nbsp;Giovinazzi, with Malja having to settle for fifth after his lock-up cost him a podium.</p> <p>Mitch Evans was unable to capitalise on his reverse-grid pole, eventually finishing sixth after being passed by Marciello at the restart and then encountering problems with balance on the harder tyre.</p> <p>Nobuharu Matsushita and Oliver Rowland completed the points, with Gasly taking two points for the fastest lap.</p> <p>Marciello&#39;s&nbsp;runner-up spot puts him on 158 points and gives him an outside chance at the championship in Abu Dhabi, but it will be no small feat&nbsp;to catch up to main contenders Giovinazzi &nbsp;(197 Pts)&nbsp;and Gasly (190 Pts).</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12979http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12979Jake Dennis takes second race win while Charles Leclerc increases championship leadSun, 02 Oct 2016 03:59:13 GMT<p><strong>Jake Dennis took his second GP3 victory for Arden in&nbsp;Sunday&#39;s Malaysia sprint race, while series points leader Charles Leclerc put himself on the precipice of the title behind in fifth place.</strong></p> <p>Starting in third, Dennis held a tight line at the first corner as poleman Antonio Fuoco and second-placed starter Nirei Fukuzumi&nbsp;locked up, allowing Dennis to take the lead.</p> <p>Fuoco did nothing to help his cause by bouncing over kerbs at the first corner, and quickly dropped back, coming within the&nbsp;reach of title rival Charles Leclerc by lap 5.</p> <p>Leclerc, who had started sixth, tried a daring move around the outside of the Trident driver through sweeping&nbsp;Turns 5 and 6, and though unsuccessful, he got the move done at the more conventional overtaking spot of Turn 1 at the start of Lap 6.</p> <p>After a promising start, Fuoco struggled with pace throughout the race, locking up several times. Though non-mandatory in GP3, the Italian came in for a pit stop on Lap 9, but&nbsp;eventually retired.</p> <p>Alexander Albon&#39;s feature race win on Saturday meant he started down in eighth place, and he found himself on the periphery of the points all race, scrapping with Steijn Schothorst and&nbsp;GP3 new boy Alessio Lorandi over the course of the 14 laps.</p> <p>The positions swapped several times, but with just two laps to go, Albon had the final say in the matter, passing Schothorst for eigith position at the newly re-profiled final corner, despite a little bit of contact.</p> <p>At the front, Dennis took victory over Fukuzimi (who notched his best-ever GP3 finishing position)&nbsp;by three-and-a-half seconds, with the winner&#39;s Arden team mate Jack Aitken in third making it a double podium for the British outfit.</p> <p>Matthew Parry had a quiet race to fourth place, chased all the way to the line by Leclerc, who was in turn closely followed by ART team mate Nyck de Vries, with whom he made contact in Saturday&#39;s feature race.</p> <p>Arjun Maini finished seventh, with Albon closing out the points in eighth ensuring that all four ART cars scored. Debutant Lorandi again finished just one place outside the points in ninth, with Schothorst completing the top 10.</p> <p>Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci nearly missed the start with an electrical fault in his DAMS car, and though the team did brilliantly to get him out to the pit lane for the start of the race, he retired after five laps.</p> <p>Leclerc&#39;s fifth place means he stretches his lead over Albon to 29 points, with Fuoco now a very very distant hope in third, some 45 points down on the Monegasque.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12973http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12973Janosz handed grid penalty for GP3 race two in MalaysiaSat, 01 Oct 2016 12:14:30 GMT<p><strong>Trident driver Artur Janosz has been handed a grid penalty for the second GP3 race of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.</strong></p> <p>Janosz collided with Jake Hughes&rsquo; DAMS car on the opening lap of race one on Saturday morning, taking both drivers out of the race.</p> <p>The stewards looked into the incident and have now given Janosz a three-place grid penalty for Sunday&rsquo;s second GP3 race.</p> <p>However, because he did not finish the race and will start from the back of the grid anyway, he will start the race from the Sepang International Circuit pitlane.</p> <p>Race one in Malaysia was won by ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Alexander Albon, beating Jack Aitken and Charles Leclerc.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12969http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12969Antonio Giovinazzi scorches to Malaysia feature race victorySat, 01 Oct 2016 08:03:55 GMT<p><strong>Prema Racing&#39;s Antonio Giovinazzi capitalised on a shocking start for team mate Pierre Gasly to win ihis fifth race of the season n Malaysia.</strong></p> <p>Gasly dropped well down the order and was easily displaced by his Prema colleague, Sergey Sirotkin, and around half the pack on the run down to the first corner.</p> <p>The Italian played a long game with strategy and initially looked to have made a mistake, but things came back to him as the race went on, with tyre degradation much more severe than first thought.</p> <p>Sirotkin opted to pit as early as possible from second place on Lap 7 to swap his softer medium-compound tyres for the harder choice.</p> <p>Giovinazzi followed suit four laps later, and when he emerged a second behind the Russian, it looked like he and Prema had made a mistake.</p> <p>However, come the end of the race, Sirotkin ran out of grip,&nbsp;enabling&nbsp;the Italian to catch up to and pass him with a gutsy overtake around the outside of the first two corners.</p> <p>Further back, one of the hardest-fought positions was fourth place, where British pair Olive Rowland and Alex Lynn squabbled over the first non-podium place. Lynn forced his way through as it was clear that those who stopped very early on - Lynn being one such man - had very little grip left at the end of the race.</p> <p>This was personified best by Rowland, who after losing fourth, fifth and sixth to Lynn, Rafaelle Marciello and&nbsp;Jordan King respectively, had a huge spin out of seventh place on the last lap of the race, dropping out of the points.</p> <p>There was no such issue for Giovinazzi though, whose tyres were in great shape at the end of the race, and he finished nearly six seconds head of Sirotkin, with Racing Engineering&#39;s Norman Nato third.</p> <p>Then it was Lynn, King, Marciello and&nbsp;Luca Ghiotto, with Mitch Evans in eighth place taking reverse grid pole. Gustav Malja and Sergio Canamasas rounded out the points, with Gasly finishing point-less in&nbsp;11th after an uncharacteristically poor afternoon.</p> <p>Nobuharu Matsishita and Artem Markelov were the only non-finishers, with Markelov grinding to a halt on the formation lap. His Russian Time car took a while to be cleared, and so two additional parade laps were necessary to move the stricken vehicle, reducing the race&#39;s distance to 29 laps.</p> <p>Giovinazzi not taked the lead of the championship from team mate Gasly, going into Sunday&#39;s sprint race with an 11-point lead.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12968http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12968Albon wins in Malaysia as team-mates Leclerc and de Vries make contactSat, 01 Oct 2016 04:40:41 GMT<p><strong>ART GP&#39;s Alexander Albon pounced at the start on team mate Charles Leclerc to take victory in GP3&#39;s very first race in&nbsp;Malaysia.</strong></p> <p>Taking his fourth win of the season, Albon has thrown himself right back into contention for the GP3 title race, comfortably leading every lap of the race after taking the lead at the start.</p> <p>The Thai driver got ahead of Leclerc as the lights went out, passing him on the run down to the first corner.</p> <p>However, it was a battle between Leclerc and another ART driver - Nyck de Vries - that really impacted the result of the race. The Dutchman looked to go down the inside of the series points leader&#39;s car at Turn 4, but with little room, contact was made.</p> <p>De Vries spun and dropped down the field to 18th, while Leclerc was able to continue, albeit in fourth place. He recovered third shortly after, passing Arjun Maini around the outside of Turn 6, and for the rest of the race,&nbsp;set about reeling in second-placed Jack Aitken.</p> <p>The gap at the end of the race was just under a second, but ultimately Haas development driver Leclerc ran out of laps. They stayed as they were, with Albon over six seconds in the lead ahead of Aitken and Leclerc.</p> <p>Behind the front three were Arjun Maini, Steijn Schothorst, Jake Dennis, Nirei Fukuzumi, Antonio Fuoco, Matthew Parry, and Sandy Stuvik, who completed the top 10.</p> <p>De Vries recovered to ninth on the road, but was handed a five-second time penalty for the collision with Leclerc, and was classified in 13th.</p> <p>Jenzer Motorsport debutant Alessio Lorandi finished a frustrating but encouraging 11th in his first race in the series, while home driver Akash Nandy&nbsp;did not finish the race, along with Santino Ferrucci, Tatiana Calderon, Artur Janosz, and Jake Hughes.</p> <p>The result means that Leclerc still leads the title fight, and is in fact still 24 points ahead, but the nearest&nbsp;challenger is now Albon, with former second place man Fuoco qualifying poorly and only picking up four points in the race.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12965http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12965Alex Palou excluded from Malaysia qualifying for illegal underfloorFri, 30 Sep 2016 17:32:15 GMT<p><strong>Campos Racing&#39;s Alex Palou has been disqualified from Friday&#39;s&nbsp;GP3 qualifying session after a technical infringement on his car was discovered by the stewards.</strong></p> <p>The car was found to be &quot;in breach&nbsp;of articles 4.3.12 and 4.1 of the GP3 Series regulations&quot;, specifying that&nbsp;the underfloor has to be a certain height, and was subsequently stripped of his third-row start.</p> <p>The Spaniard had posted an impressive fifth-fastest time during the half-hour session, but will now start from the back of the grid, behind Artur Janosz.</p> <p>Everyone behind Palou moves up a place, meaning current series runner-up on points Antonio Fuoco moves inside the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12963http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12963Charles Leclerc heads ART team mates Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries in Malaysia qualifyingFri, 30 Sep 2016 11:55:55 GMT<p><strong>ART GP driver and Haas F1 protege Charles Leclerc took pole in Friday&#39;s qualifying session ahead of the Malaysia feature race, taking pole ahead of ART team mates Alexander Albon and&nbsp;Nyck de Vries.</strong></p> <p>It was a fantastic afternoon for the French outfit, with Nirei Fukuzmi completing their programme in eighth&nbsp;place.</p> <p>Albon and de Vries took turns trading fastest lap times initially. Alex Palou held on to provisional pole briefly, but Leclerc stormed through to break the 1 minute 50 barrier.</p> <p>Leclerc&#39;s third consecutive pole position solidifes his claim on the GP3 title this year, and the Monegasque driver was the only to improve on a lap time of 1:50, posting a pole time of 1:49.861.</p> <p>Behind the front three was Arden man Jack Aitken, then&nbsp;Palou, Arjun Maini,&nbsp;Fukuzumi, Sandy&nbsp;Stuvik, Jake Dennis, and the Campos car of Steijn Schothorst completed the top 10.</p> <p>GP3&#39;s first ever qualifying session in&nbsp;Malaysia proved a routine one, with no incidents of note taking place during the session.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12962http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12962Pierre Gasly takes pole for Malaysia feature race, Mitch Evans crashes outFri, 30 Sep 2016 10:14:58 GMT<p><strong>Prema Racing&#39;s Pierre Gasly took pole position for Saturday&#39;s GP2 feature race in Malaysia ahead of team mate Antonio GIovinazzi.</strong></p> <p>Gasly shaded his team mate by just under a tenth with his time of 1:42.181, and the Red Bull protege was over three&nbsp;tenths clear of third-best Raffaele Marciello, with high tyre degradation meaning most only completed a handful of laps at a time on the newly-resurfaced track.</p> <p>Early on in the session it was the ART drivers who looked set to take the top spots, with Sergey Sirotkin and then team mate Nobuharu Matsushita going fastest of all, until Gasly improved.</p> <p>A crash late on in the session for Mitch Evans halted proceedings, and with just two and a half minutes left on the clock, nobody was able to improve due to tyres not reaching optimal temperatures. Giovinazzi looked like he might buck this trend and threaten his team mate&#39;s time, but a yellow flag for a spinning Matsushita at the penultimate corner scuppered those chances.</p> <p>Behind the front three was the ART duo of Sirotkin and Matsushita, followed by Alex Lynn, Racing Engineering pair Norman Nato and Jordan King,&nbsp;with Oliver Rowland,&nbsp;and Artem Markelov&nbsp;completing the top 10. Local driver Nabil Jeffri put his arden 17th on the grid.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12940http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12940Jimmy Eriksson opts against competing in final two rounds of GP2 SeriesTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:00:27 GMT<p><strong>Jimmy Eriksson has confirmed he&nbsp;will not contest the remainder of the 2016 GP2 season, calling time on his rookie campaign with two rounds to go.</strong></p> <p>The Swedish driver stepped up to GP2 from GP3 this year with Arden, but having scored just one points finish so far this season at Spielberg where he finished fifth back in July, he has chosen to abandon the remaining races in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>&quot;This is obviously not the way we were hoping for things to develop, but it has been a very difficult season and we haven&#39;t been able to make any significant progress,&quot;&nbsp;said Eriksson.</p> <p>&quot;The results have been disappointing and&nbsp;unfortunately I can&#39;t see any signs of improvement for the final two rounds.</p> <p>&quot;This is the first time I&#39;ve&nbsp;prematurely&nbsp;called time on a season and it&#39;s a great shame, but it&#39;s&nbsp;the decision we&#39;ve ultimately come to.&quot;</p> <p>Arden have yet to confirm if they will field a replacement alongside regular&nbsp;Nabil Jeffri.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12927http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12927Lorandi switches from F3 to GP3 with JenzerSat, 24 Sep 2016 12:28:44 GMT<p><strong>Formula 3 driver Alessio Lorandi has joined the Jenzer Motorsport team for the final two GP3 races of the 2016 season.</strong></p> <p>The Italian driver has been racing for Carlin in the FIA Formula E European Championship but has opted to switch to GP3 for the remainder of the year.</p> <p>The 18-year-old won the Pau Grand Prix earlier this year but called a halt on his F3 season after the Spa-Francorchamps round.</p> <p>He has now switched to Jenzer in GP3 for the final two races in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi, with practice at the Sepang circuit being his first taste of the car.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to have a race winner from the FIA F3 Euroseries in our team,&rdquo; said Andreas Jenzer.</p> <p>&ldquo;Alessio has done the maximum preparation possible in the simulator and with our engineers and we are looking forward to see him in our car.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12841http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12841GP2 and GP3 post-season test dates confirmedFri, 09 Sep 2016 11:22:27 GMT<p><strong>The GP2 and GP3 championships will each run one post-season 2016 test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>The two tests will take place after the conclusion of the current campaign in Abu Dhabi, with the tests lasting for three days.</p> <p>GP2 and GP3 cars will hit the track on November 30, December 1 and December 2. Like in previous seasons, running will be split between the two series throughout the test days.</p> <p>The 2016 season concludes for both F1 feeder championships at the Yas Marina Circuit from the 25-27 November.</p> <p>Post-season tests in GP2 and GP3 usually feature a host of new drivers, as teams evaluate potential candidates for race seats.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12805http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12805Artem Markelov, Nicholas Latifi lose Monza GP2 sprint race pointsSun, 04 Sep 2016 15:44:59 GMT<p><strong>Artem Markelov and Nicholas Latifi have been handed penalties after the GP2 sprint race at the Monza circuit.</strong></p> <p>Both drivers failed to slow down sufficiently for the Virtual Safety Car, which was deployed after several collisions on the first lap.</p> <p>The stewards found they both took more than four seconds to completely remove the pressure from the throttle pedals of their cars.</p> <p>Markelov finished the race in fifth place but was awarded a drive-through penalty for the rules breach, resulting in a 20-second penalty.</p> <p>This drops him from fifth to 10th, while Latifi crossed the line eighth and falls to 15th&nbsp;due to the same penalty.</p> <p>This promotes Alex Lynn to fifth, Nobuhari Matsushita to sixth, Gustav Malja to seventh and Marvin Kirchhofer to the final point in eighth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12802http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12802Fukuzumi given Sepang grid drop for Monza race two collisionSun, 04 Sep 2016 12:43:15 GMT<p><strong>Nirei Fukuzumi has been handed a grid penalty for the next GP3 round in Sepang after a collision with his ART Grand Prix team-mate Charles Leclerc at Monza.</strong></p> <p>The Japanese driver squeezed championship leader Leclerc on the run to the first Lesmo corner in the early stages of the second race.</p> <p>The two ART cars collided, with both drivers retiring from the race in the gravel at the Lesmo turn. Tatiana Calderon&rsquo;s Arden was also caught up in the contact.</p> <p>The stewards deemed Fukuzumi was at fault, having not left enough room for Leclerc on the inside line.</p> <p>He has been given a three-place grid penalty, which will be applied for the first race at Sepang.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12799http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12799Nato dominates to win GP2 sprint race at MonzaSun, 04 Sep 2016 10:19:21 GMT<p><strong>Racing Engineering&rsquo;s Norman Nato dominated the GP2 sprint race at Monza after storming into the lead on the opening lap.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman lined up fourth on the grid but a great launch from the start line saw him snatch first place away from his team-mate Jordan King into the first chicane.</p> <p>From there, Nato controlled the field and opened up a good-sized lead over the chasing pack. He proved to be unchallenged as those behind him battled for position.</p> <p>Nato crossed the line 4.3 seconds clear of his nearest rival, with championship leader Pierre Gasly in second place &ndash; making up for his disappointment on Saturday.</p> <p>His Prema Racing team-mate and title rival Antonio Giovinazzi went from eighth to third after a good start and some strong overtaking moves, passing King late on.</p> <p>King lost out to Gustav Malja on the final lap but the Rapax driver was handed a 10-second time penalty for tagging Mitch Evans into the gravel on lap one.</p> <p>He fell to ninth place and just outside the points, promoting Artem Markelov to fifth. Alex Lynn just beat Nobuharu Matsushita to sixth, with the ART Grand Prix driver settling for seventh.</p> <p>His team-mate Sergey Sirotkin suffered another hit to his title challenge with a retirement in the middle of the race with a problem.</p> <p>Nicholas Latifi picked up the final point in eighth, with Malja dropping to ninth and Marvin Kirchhofer completing the top 10.</p> <p>Raffaele Marciello showed strong pace but he stalled on the formation lap, started from the pits and finished 16<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Luca Ghiotto started third for Trident but a messy first lap saw him pitched into a spin on lap one by Oliver Rowland and he failed to finish.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12798http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12798De Vries takes race two Monza win, Leclerc fails to finishSun, 04 Sep 2016 09:24:24 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Nyck de Vries stormed to his maiden victory in the GP3 series in race two at Monza, but his team-mate and championship leader Charles Leclerc failed to finish.</strong></p> <p>Antonio Fuoco lined up on pole position and led the way in the early stages, with Alexander Albon getting ahead of fellow ART GP driver de Vries at the start.</p> <p>Albon passed Fuoco before the safety car was deployed, after Leclerc was hit off by team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi on the run to the first Lesmo.</p> <p>Fukuzumi moved across on Leclerc after the second chicane, with both then going off into the gravel at the new corner. Tatiana Calderon also got caught up in the incident.</p> <p>On the restart de Vries followed Albon passed Fuoco and then moved ahead of his team-mate soon after, before establishing a small lead.</p> <p>He went on to win his first GP3 race and make up for a mixed second race for ART GP, with Albon holding off Fuoco to finish second and the Trident driver rounding out the podium.</p> <p>Race one winner Jake Dennis just held off his Arden team-mate Jack Aitken to finish fourth and fifth, ahead of Arjun Maini and Alex Palou.</p> <p>Artur Janosz rounded out the top eight, with Ralph Boschung and Jake Hughes next up &ndash; the race one podium finisher had a slow start and had to recover ground after getting caught up in a first lap incident.</p> <p>Leclerc&rsquo;s lead in the standings has now been cut to 24 points over Fuoco, after his incident with Fukuzumi. However, ART GP did secure the teams&rsquo; title on Saturday. &nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12795http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12795Pic, Eriksson and Gelael handed GP2 feature race penaltiesSat, 03 Sep 2016 21:00:05 GMT<p><strong>Three GP2 drivers have been handed penalties by the stewards for incidents during the feature race at the Monza circuit.</strong></p> <p>Arthur Pic was given a three-place grid penalty for Sunday&rsquo;s sprint race for causing a collision with Sergio Canamasas at the second Lesmo corner.</p> <p>The French driver hit the inside kerb and ran wide into Canamasas&rsquo;s Carlin, as the Spaniard was trying to overtake. His car was pitched into a roll.</p> <p>The stewards deemed Pic was at fault for the contact. Both drivers were OK but Pic has been given a three-place grid drop.</p> <p>Jimmy Eriksson was awarded a five-second time penalty for forcing Marvin Kirchhofer off track during the race at the first corner.</p> <p>He finished the race in 14<sup>th</sup> place and the time penalty drops him behind Kirchhofer to 18<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Finally, Sean Gelael picked up a 10-secon stop/go penalty for failing to slow for double waves yellow flags, having set his best sector times under safety car.</p> <p>He passed the pitlane more than twice and failed to serve the penalty within the required time frame, so he was shown the black flag on the last lap.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12788http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12788Jake Dennis secures first GP3 win in Monza race oneSat, 03 Sep 2016 17:08:30 GMT<p><strong>Jake Dennis beat Arden team-mate Jack Aitken to secure his first victory in the GP3 series in race one at the Monza circuit.</strong></p> <p>The British driver lined up in second place but, after an early safety car period for the stopped Kevin Joerg, was all over the back of pole-sitter Charles Leclerc.</p> <p>He made a move on lap five into the first chicane and made it stick, scampering off into the distance as Leclerc dropped behind Aitken on the next tour.</p> <p>From there the two Arden cars moved ahead of the chasing ART Grand Prix driver and Dennis crossed the line 1.9 seconds ahead of Aitken.</p> <p>Jake Hughes made it an all-British podium by charging from eighth on the grid to third, having lost grid positions due to a penalty for causing a collision in Spa.</p> <p>The DAMS racer had a slow start to the race but quickly started to make progress through the order, eventually rising to third.</p> <p>Leclerc led home an ART 4-5-6-7, with team-mates Nirei Fukuzumi, Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries next up. It meant the team was able to secure the teams&rsquo; title.</p> <p>Antonio Fuoco was eighth, ahead of Koiranen&rsquo;s Matt Parry and the third Arden car of Tatiana Calderon.</p> <p>Alex Palou, Sandy Stuvik, Steijn Schothorst, Arjun Maini and Akash Nandy were next up. Ralph Boschung fell to 18<sup>th</sup> due to a 10-second time penalty for colliding with Matevos Isaakyan.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12786http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12786Giovinazzi comes from 21st to win GP2 feature race at MonzaSat, 03 Sep 2016 15:51:39 GMT<p><strong>Prema Racing&rsquo;s Antonio Giovinazzi took a surprise victory in the GP2 feature race at Monza after starting from 21<sup>st</sup> in the grid.</strong></p> <p>The Italian was excluded from qualifying for incorrect tyre pressures, having set the second fastest time in the session.</p> <p>He started on the medium tyre from 21<sup>st</sup> on the grid and made steady progress in the early stages, staying out when those on the softs pitted prior to the half-way mark.</p> <p>Giovinazzi found himself running in third place behind Raffaele Marciello and Gustav Malja when they pitted for the softer tyre compound just after the deployment of the safety car.</p> <p>The race was briefly paused due to a crash between Arthur Pic and Sergio Canamasas, which resulted in the Carlin of Canamasas flipping over at the second Lesmo.</p> <p>The well-timed pitstop advanced Marciello, Malja and Giovinazzi to the top three positions, displacing early leader and Giovinazzi&rsquo;s team-mate Pierre Gasly.</p> <p>However the safety car was out for longer than expected after it picked up Gasly, resulting in the majority of the field having to pass it and catch back up to the pack.</p> <p>When the race resumed, it was a sprint to the flag, with Giovinazzi quickly displacing Malja and then passing Marciello on the final lap with the help of DRS.</p> <p>He went on to win his fourth race of the season, finishing ahead of countryman Marciello and Rapax driver Malja, who completed the podium.</p> <p>Gasly lined up on pole position but lost out in the pitstops and with the safety car, having to settle for fourth after a run to the flag for third.</p> <p>Norman Nato enjoyed a feisty start to the race and made some strong moves, eventually finishing fifth. Luca Ghiotto was next up, ahead of Jordan King and Mitch Evans, who had a poor start.</p> <p>Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov, who suffered a messy race and cut several chicanes, completed the points. Markelov even made light contact with Gasly at the first corner after locing up on lap one.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12782http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12782Artur Janosz picks up grid penalty for GP3 qualifying collisionSat, 03 Sep 2016 12:32:38 GMT<p><strong>Artur Janosz has been handed a grid penalty by the GP3 stewards after a collision during qualifying at the Monza circuit.</strong></p> <p>The Trident driver was deemed to have caused the contact with Jenzer&rsquo;s Arjun Maini during the closing stages of the GP3 session.</p> <p>Janosz weaved across the circuit several times on the run to the Parabolica, causing Maini to run into the back of his car and lose his front wing.</p> <p>Maini&rsquo;s car was briefly pitched into the air with the contact and the stewards deemed Janosz had not looked in his mirrors when warming up his tyres.</p> <p>Janosz qualified down in 21st&nbsp;place and the three-place grid penalty will mean he will start the first GP3 race at Monza from the pitlane. &nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12776http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12776Charles Leclerc beats Arden duo to Monza GP3 pole positionSat, 03 Sep 2016 09:41:25 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc extended his lead in the GP3 championship after storming to pole position for the first race at Monza.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman was placed near the front of the field after the opening runs in qualifying but a late flier saw Leclerc put in a 1m38.546 to go quickest.</p> <p>His time proved to be unbeatable, with the Arden duo of Jake Dennis and Jack Aitken just two tenths further back in second and third.</p> <p>Alexander Albon was fourth, with Jake Hughes fifth &ndash; although he has a three-place grid penalty for contact at Spa-Francorchamps.</p> <p>Kevin Joerg, Nirei Fukuzumi and championship contender Antonio Fuoco were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries was at the front of the pack early in qualifying but fell to ninth, with Ralph Boschung rounding out the top 10.</p> <p>It was an eventful session, featuring a red flag for Giuliano Alesi&rsquo;s Trident stopping on the track on the run to the first chicane with just a handful of minutes to go.</p> <p>There was also contact between Artur Janosz and Arjun Maini on the run to Parabolica after the Trident car&rsquo;s weaving, which briefly launched Maini&rsquo;s Jenzer into the air.</p> <p>They qualified 19th&nbsp;and 21st. Elsewhere, Alex Palou, Sandy Stuvik and Matevos Isaakyan were 11th, 12th&nbsp;and 13.</p> <p>Arden&rsquo;s Tatiana Calderon could only manage 15th&nbsp;and Matt Parry was down in 17, behind Alesi.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12772http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12772Antonio Giovinazzi excluded from GP2 qualifying, loses Monza front row startFri, 02 Sep 2016 21:07:11 GMT<p><strong>Prema Racing&rsquo;s Antonio Giovinazzi has lost his front row start for the GP2 feature race at the Monza circuit after being excluded from qualifying.</strong></p> <p>Following the session in Italy his car was found to have had insufficient tyre pressures, breaching the GP2 technical regulations.</p> <p>Giovinazzi qualified just 0.054 seconds behind his Prema team-mate Pierre Gasly to complete the front row of the grid.</p> <p>He will drop to the very back of the grid, promoting Russian Time&rsquo;s Artem Markelov to second place for the GP2 feature race start.</p> <p>Arden&rsquo;s Nabil Jeffri was also excluded from qualifying for the same reason, having set the eighth fastest time in the session.</p> <p>He will also start from the back of the grid after stewards deemed his tyre pressures did not meet the GP2 regulations.</p> <p>Gasly will start ahead of Markelov and Rapax driver Arthur Pic for the GP2 feature race, which takes place on Saturday afternoon.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12765http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12765Pierre Gasly beats Antonio Giovinazzi to GP2 pole position at MonzaFri, 02 Sep 2016 15:40:25 GMT<p><strong>Pierre Gasly has clinched pole position for the GP2 feature race at Monza, beating Prema Racing team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman set the pace in practice and put in a 1m31.199 to take GP2 pole. Giovinazzi just missed out by 0.054 seconds but made it a Prema 1-2 for the team&rsquo;s home race.</p> <p>Artem Markelov backed up his practice pace with third for Russian Time. Arthur Pic and Mitch Evans were fourth and fifth for Rapax and Campos Racing.</p> <p>Jordan King and Alex Lynn were sixth and seventh for Racing Engineering and DAMS respectively, ahead of Nabil Jeffri and Sergey Sirotkin.</p> <p>Norman Nato completed the top 10. Luca Ghiotto was 11th&nbsp;for Trident and Oliver Rowland was 12th, completing the sixth row of the grid.</p> <p>Raffaele Marciello could only manage the 13th&nbsp;quickest time for his home race, ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita, Marvin Kirchhofer and Nicolas Latifi.</p> <p>Sergio Canamasas, Gustav Malja, Sean Gelael and Daniel de Jong rounded out the top 20. Philo Paz Armand and Jimmy Eriksson completed the qualifying results.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12728http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12728Seven GP2 drivers handed 10-second time penaltiesSun, 28 Aug 2016 22:59:19 GMT<p><strong>Race stewards&nbsp;have&nbsp;confirmed that seven GP2 Series drivers have been handed 10-second time penalties for using&nbsp;DRS too early during Sunday&#39;s Belgian Sprint Race.</strong></p> <p>Sergey Sirotkin, Jordan King, Alex Lynn, Arthur Pic, Daniel de Jong, Nabil Jeffri and Jimmy Eriksson were found to have used DRS on the opening lap of the race, which isn&#39;t permitted.</p> <p>All have had 10 seconds added to their race times, though only two of the drivers&nbsp;penalised, Lynn and King,&nbsp;finished in the points. They both&nbsp;drop out of the top eight as a result of the time addition and lose their points.</p> <p>Oliver Rowland moves up to&nbsp;sixth,&nbsp;Sergio Canamasas to seventh&nbsp;and Norman Nato to eighth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12722http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12722Hughes and Maini handed penalties after GP3 race twoSun, 28 Aug 2016 15:30:07 GMT<p><strong>Jake Hughes and Arjun Maini have been handed penalties after incidents during the second GP3 race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.</strong></p> <p>Hughes has picked up a three-place grid drop for the next round (Monza, race one) after hitting Matt Parry&rsquo;s Koiranen GP car at Turn 6.</p> <p>The incident took place on the opening lap and saw both DAMS driver Hughes and Parry retire from the race as a result.</p> <p>Jenzer racer Maini was involved in a collision during the closing stages of the race, after locking up at Turn 8.</p> <p>He collided with Alexander Albon&rsquo;s ART car, later clipping Albon again and pitching his car into the air at the final chicane.</p> <p>The Indian driver was given a 10-second time penalty, which was added to his race time. He had finished 12th&nbsp;but falls to 16th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12721http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12721Sirotkin handed time penalty for Markelov GP2 sprint race collisionSun, 28 Aug 2016 15:17:53 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Sergey Sirotkin has been handed a 10-second time penalty for colliding with Artem Markelov during the GP2 sprint race.</strong></p> <p>The Russian driver was looking to make a move up the inside of Oliver Rowland on the last lap at Spa-Francorchamps, under braking for the final chicane.</p> <p>But he braked too late and crashed into Markelov, who was holding onto the final point at the time.</p> <p>Rowland took advantage to claim eighth, with Sirotkin crossing the line with a damaged front wing in ninth.</p> <p>However, the stewards deemed he was at fault for the collision and gave him a 10-second time penalty.</p> <p>This means with the penalty added to his race time that he falls from ninth place to 15th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12716http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12716Antonio Giovinazzi storms to clear win in Spa GP2 sprint raceSun, 28 Aug 2016 10:25:42 GMT<p><strong>Prema&rsquo;s Antonio Giovinazzi took a clear third victory of the 2016 GP2 season after a controlled sprint race drive at Spa-Francorchamps.</strong></p> <p>He started from third on the grid but moved ahead of his countryman Luca Ghiotto on the opening lap, before closing on pole-sitter Gustav Malja in the early stages.</p> <p>Just prior to the half-way stage, Giovinazzi made his move on the Kemmel Straight to snatch the lead, before pulling out a comfortable advantage at the front of the field.</p> <p>He went on to win the relatively calm GP2 sprint race by 2.3 seconds, with Malja holding onto second to claim his first podium in the feeder series.</p> <p>Ghiotto completed the podium in third for the Trident team. Championship leader Pierre Gasly dropped to ninth after a poor star and lost part of his front wing when he hit Oliver Rowland.</p> <p>But the Frenchman put in an impressive recovery drive to claim fourth, including a move on Rowland at Eau Rouge.</p> <p>Raffaele Marciello couldn&rsquo;t match his Spa result from 2015 and had to settle for fifth, with Alex Lynn and Jordan King next up.</p> <p>Artem Markelov looked set to score the final point and was running eighth with one lap to go, but it wasn&rsquo;t meant to be.</p> <p>The chasing Sergey Sirotkin braked late into the Bus Stop Chicane for the final time, as he tried to pass Rowland, but he ended up slamming into the back of Markelov&rsquo;s car.</p> <p>Rowland picked up the pieces to claim eighth, with Sirotkin ninth and Sergio Canamasas completing the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12715http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12715Jack Aitken takes maiden GP3 victory in eventful race twoSun, 28 Aug 2016 09:44:51 GMT<p><strong>Renault junior driver Jack Aitken controlled the second GP3 race of the Spa-Francorchamps to claim his maiden victory in the F1 feeder series.</strong></p> <p>The Arden racer had to deal with several safety car periods for on-track incidents, after an eventful race two in Belgium.</p> <p>He started from fourth on the grid but moved up to third at the first corner, before passing Santino Ferrucci&rsquo;s DAMS on the Kemmel Straight.</p> <p>Aitken followed pole-man Matevos Isaakyan but soon moved ahead and into the lead on the next lap on the run to Les Combes.</p> <p>Incidents for Konstantin Tereschenko, contact between Matt Parry and Jake Hughes and a collision for Nirei Fukuzumi and Kevin Joerg brought out safety cars but Aitken kept his cool and retained the lead.</p> <p>He went on to finish well clear of Antonio Fuoco and Ferrucci, who completed the podium. Isaakyan was fourth, ahead of Jake Dennis and championship leader Charles Leclerc.</p> <p>Steijn Schothorst and Nyck de Vries completed the points, with Artur Janosz and Alex Albon just missing out in ninth and 10th.</p> <p>Albon survived a considerable hit with Arjun Maini at the final chicane to finish 10th, the contact sending his car into the air.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12712http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12712Charles Leclerc eases to third GP3 victory to extend championship leadSat, 27 Aug 2016 20:38:19 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc claimed his third GP3 victory in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday, taking a lights to flag victory in effortless style.</strong></p> <p>The Ferrari Academy driver went unchallenged as he finished 2.3 seconds ahead of&nbsp;Arden International&rsquo;s Jake Dennis, the Briton&nbsp;storming&nbsp;through the field to take second in the final laps after starting from P13.</p> <p>McLaren protege&nbsp;Nyck de Vries was third, 15&nbsp;seconds adrift of the lead for ART.</p> <p>Trident&#39;s Antonio Fuocco was fourth ahead of Jack Aitken,&nbsp;Steijn Schothorst, Santino Ferrucci and Matevos Isaakyan.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">The race saw one&nbsp;Safety Car following an incident involving Jake Hughes,&nbsp;Matthew Parry and Arjun Maini: the trio all retired with damage as did Nirei Fukuzumi who was caught up in the accident.</span></p> <p>The race remained under SC conditions for four laps before resuming, with several drivers making up positions, including Alex Albon. The ART driver going from P17 to P12. He eventually finished ninth.</p> <p>Trident&rsquo;s Giuliano Alesi, who had started P19, was up to an impressive P8 by lap two and was in the mix of a mammoth battle of drivers eager to grab reverse pole and take the final points on offer. He went on to secure his first points finish in tenth.</p> <p>Leclerc went on to post&nbsp;the fastest lap and has scored the maximum points available so far this weekend. Therefore&nbsp;extending&nbsp;his championship&nbsp;lead to 30 points. His nearest rival is now Fuoco with Albon, two points adrift of the Italian.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12711http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12711Pierre Gasly takes Spa GP2 feature race win with dominant driveSat, 27 Aug 2016 16:48:27 GMT<p><strong>Pierre Gasly secured his third victory of the year, passing the race leader on lap four to claim the lead of the&nbsp;GP2 Series&nbsp;feature race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.</strong></p> <p>Prema team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi bogged down from pole, which saw him drop down the field to eventually finish sixth, whilst&nbsp;a storming start from third gave Gustav Malja the lead from Gasly, Norman Nato and&nbsp;Jordan King.</p> <p>It took Gasly a couple of laps to close up and get himself in a position to challenge Malja for the lead, which he eventually did on lap four as he&nbsp;mugged the Rapax driver&nbsp;at the end of the Kemmel straight.</p> <p>Nato followed his countryman through one lap later and then King managed to get past during the pit stop to claim third.</p> <p>When Gasly stopped, he remerged in P8, 18 seconds adrift of the leaders, who had yet to stop, but began his charge to reclaim the lead, starting with some brilliant overtakes to dispatch&nbsp;Dani&euml;l de Jong at Blanchimont, Mitch Evans at the bus stop and Jimmy Eriksson at Les Combes.</p> <p>Nato handed second to King when his&nbsp;car died at the exit to the bus stop, prompting a VSC period and denying the Frenchman an almost certain podium finish.</p> <p>Gasly easily contained the restart and eased away to an 11 second lead at the flag over King, with Lynn fighting his way up to P3 with a strong early stint after his stop.</p> <p>Raffaele Marciello just held off his flying team-mate Artem Markelov for 4th, with Giovinazzi holding on for P6 despite racing with a broken front-wing.</p> <p>Luca Ghiotto showed once again what he can do after claiming 7th from 14th on the grid, while Malja held on for&nbsp;Sunday&#39;s reverse pole as behind him Oliver Rowland and Sergio Canamasas collided on the final corner, handing P9 to a delighted Sirotkin.</p> <p>Gasly eased away from Sirotkin in the drivers&rsquo; standings, 138 points to 115, ahead of Marciello on 114, Giovinazzi on 112, Rowland on 100 points and King on 98.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12704http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12704Charles Leclerc takes second GP3 pole as title rival Alex Albon slips backSat, 27 Aug 2016 09:50:34 GMT<p><strong>Charles Leclerc will start from pole for Saturday&#39;s GP3 race after securing the top spot by three-tenths from DAMS driver Jake Hughes.</strong></p> <p>Leclerc starts 16 places ahead of nearest championship rival and ART team-mate Alex Albon, as the Thai racer could only manage P17 after he made an error at&nbsp;Fagnes, as he clipped the gravel trap on the exit and came very close to finishing his session in the barriers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nyck de Vries, who had provisional pole secured following the opening runs, dropped down to third as he fell a&nbsp;tenth&nbsp;short of making the front row, despite posting a second improvement between his first and final flyer.</p> <p>Meanwhile title contender Antonio Fuoco, who currently sits third in the standings just 11 points shy of the lead, starts fourth as the Trident driver&nbsp;managed to post a best time of 2m05.448. He starts ahead of DAMS&#39;&nbsp;Kevin Jorg in fifth.</p> <p>Matt Parry (Koiranen), Arjun Maini (Jenzer)&nbsp;and Sandy Stuvik (Trident),&nbsp;Santino Ferrucci (DAMS) and Alex Palou (Campos) completed the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12700http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12700Antonio Giovinazzi pips Prema team-mate Pierre Gasly to Spa pole positionFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:02:02 GMT<p><strong>Antonio Giovinazzi will start the GP2 Series race one from pole position in Belgium after pipping Prema team-mate Pierre Gasly to the top spot on Friday afternoon.</strong></p> <p>Meanwhile championship leader Sergey Sirotkin could only manage P13 following a difficult session for the Russian driver.</p> <p>Rookie Giovinazzi secured pole in the closing seconds as he bettered Gasly&#39;s best time of 1m56.607s by just over a tenth, and with too little time left on the clock for Gasly to go out for another&nbsp;run, he had to settle for second behind the Italian.</p> <p>Lining up in third is Rapax&#39;s Gutav Malja followed by the Racing Engineering duo of Norman Nato and Jordan King in fourth anf fifth respectively.</p> <p>Arthur Pic claimed sixth ahead of&nbsp;Raffaele Marcielloa and&nbsp;DAMS driver Alex Lynn in eighth, more than a second off the pace.</p> <p>ART&#39;s Nobuharu Matsushita and Carlin&#39;s Marvin Kirchhofer completed the top ten.</p> <p>Sirotkin will start well down the field in 13th after a mistake on his first flying lap carried through to his second. He failed to recover during the second stint too, the pressure getting the better of the ART driver.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12597http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12597Ralph Boschung picks up grid drop for Spa after Hockenheim collisionSun, 31 Jul 2016 18:27:41 GMT<p><strong>Koiranen GP&rsquo;s Ralph Boschung has been given a grid penalty for the first race at Spa-Francorchamps after a collision in the second Hockenheimring race.</strong></p> <p>Boschung made contact with Trident&rsquo;s Artur Janosz at the sixth corner on the opening lap of race two in Germany.</p> <p>Both drivers were taken out of the race due to damage sustained in the incident, with the stewards deeming Boschung was at fault.</p> <p>He was handed a three-place grid penalty after the race in Hockenheim, which will be applied at the first race at Spa in Belgium.</p> <p>Sunday&rsquo;s GP3 race in Germany was won by DAMS racer Jake Hughes, finishing ahead of Arden&rsquo;s Jack Aitken and ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12595http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12595Nabil Jeffri handed grid penalty for Spa after Norman Nato contactSun, 31 Jul 2016 17:55:54 GMT<p><strong>Arden&rsquo;s Nabil Jeffri has been handed a penalty for causing a collision with Racing Engineering&rsquo;s Norman Nato during the Hockenheimring sprint race.</strong></p> <p>The two drivers collided in the early stages of the race at Turn 8, after Nato was squeezed onto the kerbs while attempting an overtake.</p> <p>Nato&rsquo;s car hit the kerb and briefly launched into the air, coming back onto the track and collecting Jeffri.</p> <p>Following the collision, Jeffri was forced to retire but Nato continued with damage and finished 18<sup>th</sup> in the results.</p> <p>Jeffri has now been given a three-place grid penalty for the Spa-Francorchamps feature race at the end of August.</p> <p>The stewards deemed he had not given Nato enough room during the on-track battle and this caused the collision between them.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12589http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12589Alex Lynn takes sprint race win as title fight intensifies behindSun, 31 Jul 2016 10:44:50 GMT<p><strong>Alex Lynn took his second win of the season on Sunday with a win in the GP2 sprint race at&nbsp;Hockenheim Circuit.</strong></p> <p>The Brit took the lead at the start of the race as reverse-grid pole man Antonio Giovinazzi dropped to third, with Oliver Rowland occupying the gap in between.</p> <p>Lynn kept the lead for the entirety of the race thereafter, troubled only by Oliver Rowland edging slightly closer to him during the first of the race&#39;s two&nbsp;Virtual Safety Car periods.</p> <p>The VSC in question was triggerd by a coming together between Nabil Jeffri and Norrman Nato. The Frenchman attempted to pass at turn 8, but Jeffri was judged to have closed the door too soon, and the Racing Engineering driver&nbsp;hit the side of the Arden, taking Jeffri out of the race and dropping Nato to the back of the field.</p> <p>As the Virtual Safety Car period ended, Lynn maintained his advantage, but behind him, Rowland&#39;s tyres began to fade. As he defended from Antonio Giovinazzi, the latter hit the back of him in an uncharacteristic error, losing part of his front wing and collecting a puncture that beached him in the gravel.</p> <p>Sirotkin made plenty of places after winning Sunday&#39;s feature race to put himself in contention for a podium, and when then-third places Gystav Malja began losing grip, the Russian pounced and took third, before passing Rowland for second.</p> <p>The positions swapped around many times in the last few laps, with Arthur Pic and Luca Ghiotto finding pace late on in the race to move forwards. The same could be said of Pierre Gasly, who after starting last due to a penalty in Saturday&#39;s race, found himslef in the points.</p> <p>Rowland took victory ahead of Sirotkin, with Arthur Pic taking his first podium for Rapax in third. Then came Ghiotto, Rowland, Gasly, Raffaele Marciello, and in eighth place on the road was Artem Markelov. However, Markelov received a 5-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane. This gave Gustav Malja eighth place and the final point, but Markelov notched two points for the fastest lap.</p> <p>The results put Sergey Sirotkin in the lead of the championship, a monumental achievement considering that the Russian was in eighth place coming into the weekend.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12588http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12588Jake Hughes holds his nerve to take maiden victorySun, 31 Jul 2016 09:13:56 GMT<p><strong>Jake Hughes took his first GP3 series race win on Sunday at the Hockenheimring after a well-timed overtake gave him the advantage during a Virtual Safety Car period.</strong></p> <p>The DAMS driver passed Arjun Maini just as the Virtual Safety Car was deployed for a collision between Ralph Boschung and Arthur Janosz, with the latter driver crashing out at the stadium section. With Hughes and Maini side-by-side as the VSC began, the Brit made the move for the lead.</p> <p>He was under investigation for allegedly overtaking under the VSC, but was cleared of any wrongdoing when it was shown that there was no indication of caution in the part of the track where the move was made.</p> <p>Maini looked like he might have had the pace to challenge for the lead, but a disastrous restart dropped the Indian down to sixth after his third front-row start in as many GP3 sprint races.</p> <p>After that, Hughes was able to control the gap to second place. The second step on the rostrum, much like in Saturday&#39;s feature race, was decided late on in the race, and again it was Charles Leclerc who looked set to take it. However, a penultimate lap move by Jack Aitken relegated the ART driver to third, and made it a British 1-2.</p> <p>Hughes, Aitken and Leclerc were chased by Haas test driver Santino Ferrucci, the recovering Maini, Jake Dennis, Matt Parry, and Nyck de Vries, who picked up the final point. Tatiana Calderon finished ninth, just three tenths away from repeating the feat of Saturday&#39;s race where she took her first ever point in the series, and Kevin Joerg rounded out the top 10.</p> <p>Janosz and Boschung were joined on the sidelines by former series leader Alexander Albon. With the Thai driver scoring no points, Charles Leclerc now leads the championship.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12587http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12587Pierre Gasly excluded from GP2 feature race in HockenheimSat, 30 Jul 2016 21:05:19 GMT<p><strong>Prema Racing&rsquo;s Pierre Gasly has been excluded from the GP2 feature race at the Hockenheimring, losing his third place.</strong></p> <p>The French driver recovered from a poor start to beat Raffaele Marciello to the final podium spot by just 0.030 seconds, after a sprint to the finish line.</p> <p>During the early stages of the race smoke appeared from the cockpit of Gasly&rsquo;s GP2 car, with a later inspection finding it came from the fire extinguisher.</p> <p>The extinguisher was empty at the chequered flag, with stewards deeming it did not comply with the safety equipment regulations.</p> <p>He was excluded from the final feature race results, losing third place and dropping to the back of the grid for Sunday&rsquo;s sprint event.</p> <p>The decision from the stewards means Gasly&#39;s lead in the GP2 championship over ART Grand Prix&#39;s Sergey Sirotkin drops from 21 to six points.</p> <p>Daniel de Jong and Artem Markelov were <a href="http://grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12585">also handed post-race penalties</a>, after incidents during the feature race.</p> <p>Gasly&rsquo;s team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi will start the race from reverse grid pole position, ahead of Alex Lynn and Gustav Malja.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12585http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12585Artem Markelov and Daniel de Jong hit with grid penalties for sprint raceSat, 30 Jul 2016 19:36:36 GMT<p><strong>Russian Time&#39;s Artem Markelov and MP Motorsport&#39;s Daniel de Jong will start Sunday&#39;s&nbsp;GP2 sprint race from the pitlane after causing collisions during Saturday&#39;s feature race.</strong></p> <p>Markelov hit the back of Jordan King&#39;s Racing Engineering car at the Turn 6 hairpin early in the race, causing his own retirement, and damage to King&#39;s car. King would eventually go on to finish 16th after contact with Luca Ghiotto gave him a puncture.</p> <p>Again at Turn 6, Daniel de Jong attempted to pass Arthur Pic, but mis-judged his braking, and sailed right past Pic into the side of Sean Gelael, eliminating both cars on the spot, and bringing out the Virtual Safety Car.</p> <p>Both drivers were issued with a five-place grid penalty for the incidents. However, with grid positions for the sprint race determined by feature race finishing positions, and neither driver having finished the race, both will start from the pitlane.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12579http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12579Antonio Fuoco takes the initiative to win Germany feature raceSat, 30 Jul 2016 17:27:10 GMT<p>Trident driver Antonio Fuoco won Saturday&#39;s GP3 series feature race after capitalising on a tardy restart for&nbsp;series leader Alexander Albon, as the race&#39;s one and only Virtual Safety Car ended.</p> <p>Fuoco&#39;s second win of the season - and sixth podium - was largely decided when a collision between&nbsp;Steijn Schothorst and Ralph Boschung caused the latter to slow on track. Boschung&#39;s Koiranen GP&nbsp;team mate Matevos Isaakysan appeared not to see him, and hit the back of his car, effectively eliminating both drivers from the race.</p> <p>On the restart, the Virtual Safety Car ended just as the top five exited the final corner, and Fuoco caught Albon and ART team mate Nyck de Vries napping, scorching past into the lead.</p> <p>Fuoco sauntered off into the distance, but Albon went wide at the first corner, dropping down to fifth. That left Nyck de Vries in second, with Matt Parry third. The pair collided at the hairpin, letting Leclerc through into second.</p> <p>As the final lap began, Ferrari development driver Leclerd looked set to finish second, but he made exactly the same mistake as Albon earlier in the race, going well wide of turn 1, handing second place to de Vries.</p> <p>Fuoco won the race from de Vries, with Matt Parry completing the podium after getting past Albon (P4) and the ailing Leclerc (P5)&nbsp;on the final lap.</p> <p>Sixth was Jack Aitken, then Arjun Maini, reverse-grid pole winner Jake Hughes, Santino Ferrucci in ninth, and Tatiana Calderon took the final point; her first in the series; one which makes her&nbsp;only the second female race to score in the series after Alice&nbsp;Powell in 2012.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12577http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12577Sergey Sirotkin overcomes second pit stop deficit to win Hockenheim race oneSat, 30 Jul 2016 16:02:41 GMT<p><strong>ART GP driver Sergey Sirotkin overcame the disadvantage of having to pit twice in Saturday&#39;s feature race, re-gaining the lead of the race with five laps to go.</strong></p> <p>Sirotkin made an opportunistic pit stop from the lead early&nbsp;on in the race after a&nbsp;Virtual Safety Car for contact between Jordan King and Artem Markelov.</p> <p>The Russian took on new tyres, but as the stop was made during the VSC period, it was not counted as his mandatory stop, and he had to complete another, which he made with eleven laps to go.</p> <p>So great was the ART man&#39;s pace on the fresh rubber, that he negated&nbsp;race leader Raffaele Marciello&#39;s six-second advantage in just three laps, getting the move done in front of the huge crowds in the stadium at Sachskurve.</p> <p>Sirotkin&#39;s fall and rise was not the only intriguing story of the race, as fellow front-row starter Pierre Gasly overcame his own adversity during the race.</p> <p>The Prema racer, who currently leads the championship, had a woeful start, dropping down to twelfth position. He battled back through the field, and found himself fourth on the final lap, but took bottom step on te rostrum after getting better traction off the final corner than Marciello, pipping the Russian Time driver at the line by the narrowest of margins.</p> <p>The race was one punctuated by incidents, with three Virtual Safety Car periods breaking up the racing. The final of these three was between Oliver Rowland and Nroman Nato, as the former tagged the latter, spinning him out of the race and landing himself a 10-second penalty.</p> <p>Behind Sirotkin was rookie Luca Ghiotto, picking up only his second&nbsp;GP2 series podium in the process. Then came the resurgent Gasly, Marciello, Arthur Pic, Rowland, Gustav Malja, Antonio Giovinazzi, Nobuharu Matsushita, and Lynn.</p> <p>Lynn finished eighth on the road and would have inherited reverse-grid pole for tomorrow&#39;s sprint race, but his ten-second penalty for hitting Nato demoted him to tenth, giving Giovinazzi pole for Sunday&#39;s event.</p> <p>Sirotkin took full honours, taking Pole yesterday, and fastest lap and the win during the race. This massive haul of 31 points means he moves from eighth to second in the standings, 21 points behind Prema&#39;s Pierre&nbsp;Gasly.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12574http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12574Charles Leclerc picks up three-place grid penalty for GP3 race oneSat, 30 Jul 2016 12:31:16 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc has been given a grid penalty for the first GP3 race of the Hockenheimring weekend.</strong></p> <p>The French driver, who competed in Formula 1 first practice for the German Grand Prix for the Haas team on Friday, was found to have impeded Giuliano Alesi&rsquo;s Trident during qualifying.</p> <p>The incident took place during the session at the 16th&nbsp;and 17th&nbsp;corners of the Hockenheim track.</p> <p>Leclerc had originally qualified in second place but will drop to fifth on the race one grid after the stewards handed him a three-place penalty.</p> <p>Meanwhile in GP2 Prema Racing&rsquo;s Antonio Giovinazzi has been demoted to the back of the grid for the feature race in Germany.</p> <p>His car was found to have not complied with the height dimensions of the undertray and he was excluded from the results of qualifying. He will start P22.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12571http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12571Alexander Albon takes pips team-mate to Hockenheim pole positionSat, 30 Jul 2016 11:15:46 GMT<p><strong>Alexander Albon took his second pole position of the season to&nbsp;extend&nbsp;his GP3 Series championship lead by pocketing the four bonus points available during qualifying.</strong></p> <p>The ART Grand Prix driver clocked a best laptime of 1:28.431 which was 0.078s ahead of his team-mate and closest title rival Charles Leclerc.</p> <p>Arden International&rsquo;s Jake Dennis achieved his best qualifying result of his debut season to start third on the grid.</p> <p>The 30-minute session got going under glorious sunshine at the&nbsp;Hockenheimring for Round 5 of the 2016 season, with&nbsp;DAMS driver Santino Ferrucci the first to lap under the 1m30&nbsp;mark before Leclerc lapped half a second quicker to go top.</p> <p>Albon bettered his team-mate&rsquo;s time by 0.063s to take P1 with Jack Aitken second in the early stages. Koiranen GP&rsquo;s Ralph Boschung was also on a flier and lapped a mere 0.004s slower than Albon to take over&nbsp;P2.</p> <p>With most drivers returning to the pitlane for new Pirelli rubber, the track was almost clear which Matthew Parry took full advantage of. The Briton posted the fastest lap, to take provisional pole, 0.035s ahead of Albon at the midway point.</p> <p>Campos Racing&rsquo;s Steijn Schothorst flew to the top of the timesheet and was first to set a laptime in the 1m28&rsquo;s before Dennis and then Albon lapped quicker to demote the Dutchman to third. Leclerc was outside of the top ten and on one of his last runs; he ran wide and had a small trip through the gravel but was able to continue.</p> <p>With a few minutes remaining Albon led the pack over Dennis and De Vries but the Monegasque driver found some more pace to rise up the order to grab second position in the dying moments.</p> <p>At the chequered flag, Albon held on to take his second pole of the campaign ahead of his fierce rival Leclerc. Dennis, De Vries, Antonio Fuoco, Parry, Nirei Fukuzumi, Alex Palou, Schothorst and Aitken completed the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12565http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12565Sergey Sirotkin grabs pole from Pierre Gasly by just 0.016 in HockenheimFri, 29 Jul 2016 16:11:23 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&#39;s Sergey Sirotkin will start race one of the Hockenheim&nbsp;round of the GP2 Series from pole position - his third of the season - after narrowly beating Prema&#39;s Pierre Gasly by just 0.016s.</strong></p> <p>With the threat of rain during the qualifying session, a steady stream of cars circulated in the opening minutes with&nbsp;Sirotkin, Antonio Giovinazzi and Raffaele Marciello trading quickest times before Gasly&#39;s attempt put him top.</p> <p>It had looked as though Gasly had done enough as he climbed out of his car with just a few minutes left on the clock, but Sirotkin sprung a surprise on his final lap to go quickest, with Gasly unable to respond as the clock ticked down to zero.</p> <p>The Russian failed to set fastest sectors during his final attempt, but three personal best sectors meant&nbsp;it was good enough to secure him pole by the smallest of margins.</p> <p>Marciello held onto third to start beside Giovinazzi with Oliver&nbsp;Rowland leading Alex Lynn, Norman Nato, Nicholas Latifi, Jordan King and Marvin Kirchh&ouml;fer in tenth, all of which&nbsp;were within 0.6s of pole.</p> <p>In fact,&nbsp;the top 14 drivers were all within a second of the top spot: suggesting Saturday&#39;s race could offer up some excitement.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12551http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12551Rene Binder joins Carlin for Hockenheimring GP2 roundThu, 28 Jul 2016 17:29:54 GMT<p><strong>Austrian driver Rene Binder will return to the GP2 series for this weekend&rsquo;s round at the Hockenheimring, joining the Carlin team.</strong></p> <p>Binder will replace Sergio Canamasas in the No.18 car for the seventh round of the 2016 GP2 season, having tested for Carlin earlier in the year.</p> <p>He previously competed in three full seasons of GP2, as well as making a few appearances 2012 and competing for ART Grand Prix at the Austrian race weekend this month.</p> <p>Binder&rsquo;s best result in GP2 so far has been sixth place in the 2013 Monaco sprint race. His focus this year has been mainly on the Formula V8 3.5 series.</p> <p>He joins Carlin for the German GP2 round to partner Marvin Kirchhofer, who will be competing on home soil.</p> <p>&ldquo;Hockenheim has always been one of my favourite circuits so I want to thank Trevor Carlin for this great opportunity to race his car in Germany this weekend,&rdquo; Binder said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I look forward to racing and hope that we can get some good points together.</p> <p>&ldquo;Looking back to my last guest GP2 start in Spielberg I have unfinished business however all in all my season so far is going well, given the four podiums that I have achieved in Formula V8 3.5.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel in good shape and just want to make the best of it.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12520http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12520Arden's Jack Aitken drops to sixth after sprint race penaltySun, 24 Jul 2016 12:11:28 GMT<p><strong>Arden International&#39;s Jack Aitken has dropped from fourth to sixth in the sprint race results from Hungary after receiving a five-second penalty for causing a collision with Ralph Boschung.</strong></p> <p>As the drivers restarted the race on lap 5 following a Safety Car, Ralph Boschung caught up to&nbsp;third-placed Charles Leclerc, and tagged the ART driver&#39;s rear end. As a consequence, Boschung fell back slightly, and was himself hit by Aitken.</p> <p>Boschung received a drive-through penalty for his contact with Leclerc and dropped to 22nd position, but Aitken avoided the wrath of the Stewards until now.</p> <p>The Arden driver finished in fourth place on the road, but now drops to sixth, promoting ART&#39;s Nirei Fukizumi and Koiranen&#39;s Matthew Parry to fourth and fifth respectively.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12518http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12518Sergey Sirotkin dethrones Jordan King to take honours in HungarySun, 24 Jul 2016 10:35:50 GMT<p><strong>Sergey Sirotkin took his first win of the 2016 GP2 season on Sunday, with victory in the Sprint race at the Hungaroring.</strong></p> <p>The ART driver pulled a daring move on reverse grid pole man&nbsp;Jordan King on lap&nbsp;5, just after a Safety Car restart for a multi-car incident on lap 1.</p> <p>The crash in question included four cars, all of whom were&nbsp;eliminated at the second corner in&nbsp;a melee triggered by Arthur Pic. The Frenchman&nbsp;spun his Rapax car right in the path of Alex Lynn, and the pair were eliminated on the spot.</p> <p>Nobuharu Matsushita and Luca Ghiotto got caught up in the incident as well, and the carnage took four long laps to be cleared.</p> <p>It was after this that Sirotkin and King went wheel-to-wheel through the first three corners of the lap, before King made a mistake at turn 3, giving Sirotkin the optimal line for turn 4 at the top of the hill.</p> <p>He scythed past on the inside, making&nbsp;it Sirotkin&#39;s chance to control the race, and that he did, maintaining a gap to King.</p> <p>The Russian has had a dry spell since his maiden victory in last year&#39;s Silverstone Feature race, but after a trying first few races of 2016, he has now recovered some lost ground.</p> <p>Fellow Russian Artem Markelov also featured well, chasing Norman Nato&nbsp;for the final podium step.</p> <p>He would run out of laps, however, and the top three of Sirotkin, King and Nato finished as they were, trailed by Markelov, Mitch Evans, Oliver Rowland, fastest la--setter Pierre Gasly, and Raffaele Marciello.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12517http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12517Alexander Albon controls the field to win in HungarySun, 24 Jul 2016 09:01:21 GMT<p><strong>ART GP&#39;s Alexander Albon had the measure of his contemporaries at the Hungaroring on Sunday, when&nbsp;he led the GP3 Sprint race from start to finish.</strong></p> <p>The Thai driver led every one of the race&#39;s 17 laps after starting from the front row alongside recent addition to the series&nbsp;Arjun Maini, whom he passed on the run down to&nbsp;turn 1.</p> <p>Charles Leclerc tried his best to make it an ART 1-2, but the Monegasque driver had to settle for third, with&nbsp;Maini taking second in just his fourth race in the series.</p> <p>The first corner of the race was marred by a huge crash for Jenzer driver Akash Nandy, who tagged the front of Nyck de Vries&#39; car with his rear wheel. The Malaysian&nbsp;driver hit the barrier and flipped upside down, immediately necessitating&nbsp;the Safety Car.</p> <p>The driver was unhurt, but it took four laps for the racing to resume. Ralph Boschung was overzealous on the restart, first hitting the back of Charles Leclerc as they rounded the penultimate corner, and then beind hit by Jack Aitken. Boschung&nbsp;was given a drive-through penalty, which relegated him to last place.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries was on a charge after starting in 20th position&nbsp;and flew through the field, but was only rewarded with 13th for his efforts.</p> <p>Behind Albon, Maini and Leclerc was the ever-impressive Jack Aitken, who finished fourth after starting down in P9. Then came Nirei Fukuzuki, Feature race winner&nbsp;Matthew Parry, Jake Dennis, and Matevos Isaakyan took the final point.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12512http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12512Koiranen's Matt Parry dominates first GP3 race in HungarySat, 23 Jul 2016 18:00:23 GMT<p><strong>Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry dominated the first GP3 race of the weekend at the Hungaroring, after taking over pole position from Nyck de Vries.</strong></p> <p>Lining up for the start, de Vries stalled his ART Grand Prix car and was forced to line up at the end of the pitlane. Parry led the way into Turn 1, with Antonio Fuoco taking over second place.</p> <p>Parry was able to quickly establish a clear lead and was unchallenged right to the chequered flag, during a largely uninterrupted and unusually calm GP3 race.</p> <p>It was the British driver&rsquo;s first victory in the feeder series and he became the fifth driver to stand on the top step of the podium in 2016.</p> <p>Jake Dennis and Nirei Fukuzimi spent the majority of the race close together on the track, with the Arden driver beating the ART racer to the final podium.</p> <p>Ralph Boschung put in a stunning overtake on Charles Leclerc around the outside at Turn 4 in the early laps to snatch fifth, with Leclerc having to settle for sixth and Silverstone victor Alexander Albon finishing seventh.</p> <p>Arjun Maini was eighth, with Jack Aitken in ninth and Kevin Joerg completing the top 10 despite a warning late on for exceeding track limits.</p> <p>Alex Palou was 11th, ahead of Matevos Isaakyan, Richard Gonda, Artur Janosz. All 23 drivers finished despite a first lap incident between Tatiana Calderon and Jake Hughes at Turn 7.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12509http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12509Pierre Gasly leads Prema Racing 1-2 in Hungary GP2 feature raceSat, 23 Jul 2016 16:40:55 GMT<p><strong>Pierre Gasly stormed to his second victory of the 2016 GP2 season in the Hungaroring feature race, leading home a Prema Racing 1-2 in Hungary.</strong></p> <p>The Red Bull junior lined up on pole position after dominating qualifying and quickly opened up a comfortable gap on the chasing pack.</p> <p>He made his mandatory pitstop on lap 11 and emerged in the midfield pack, picking his way back up the order and making up ground as those on alternative strategies stopped.</p> <p>Gasly crossed the line seconds clear of his team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi to pick up his second feature race win in a row, bouncing back from some lost results and disappointment earlier in the year.</p> <p>Giovinazzi made a strong start and jumped up to second place, holding onto the position despite coming under pressure from ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Sergey Sirotkin.</p> <p>The Russian lost ground at the start and dropped down to fifth at one point, before moving ahead of his team-mate Nobuharu Matsushita on the opening lap.</p> <p>He made up ground through the pitstops after staying out later than others to move up to third, with Raffaele Marciello starting on the hard tyre, going long and pitting late on.</p> <p>The riskier strategy paid off and he finished fourth, with Arthur Pic and Matsushita finishing fifth and sixth respectively.</p> <p>Norman Nato held onto third place early on but a lack of race pace saw him fall to seventh, with Jordan King just beating Artem Markelov to eighth and reverse grid pole for the sprint race.</p> <p>Arden&rsquo;s Jimmy Eriksson had looked set to score points and possibly start on pole, he led late in the race before his pitstop but a problem saw him pull off on the last lap and stop his car.</p> <p>Markelov finished ninth, with Mitch Evans completing the top 10 for Campos. Oliver Rowland tried a similar strategy to Eriksson and was 11th, ahead of fellow Brit Alex Lynn and Gustav Malja.</p> <p>Marvin Kirchhofer, Daniel de Jong, Nicolas Latifi and Luca Ghiotto &ndash; who made a stunning save on the main straight &ndash; were next up. Sergio Canamasas and Sean Gelael were two drivers to pick up time penalties for exceeding track limits and finished well down the order.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12502http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12502Nyck de Vries takes GP3 pole position in HungarySat, 23 Jul 2016 09:48:49 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Nyck de Vries has secured his first GP3 pole position for the opening race of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.</strong></p> <p>The Dutch driver and McLaren prot&eacute;g&eacute; put in a 1m32.979 late in the session to move up the order, beating Koiranen GP&rsquo;s Matt Parry &ndash; who set the pace in practice - by almost five tenths of a second.</p> <p>Trident&rsquo;s Antonio Fuoco, one of the race winners last time out at Silverstone, has qualified in third place on the grid, with Arden&rsquo;s Jake Dennis and de Vries&rsquo; team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi next up.</p> <p>Following his Haas F1 FP1 outing on Friday Charles Leclerc was sixth, with Jack Aitken improving from his practice position to qualify seventh and Silverstone race victor Alex Albon eighth.</p> <p>Arjun Maini and Ralph Boschung completed the top 10, with Kevin Joerg and Alex Palou in 11th&nbsp;and 12th. Matevos Isaakyan and Artur Janosz were next up.</p> <p>Richard Gonda, Giuliano Alesi and Tatiana Calderon will start 15th, 16th&nbsp;and 17th&nbsp;respectively, with Konstantin Tereschenko and Jake Hughes down in 18th&nbsp;and 19th.</p> <p>The grid will be rounded out by Akash Nandy, Sandy Stuvik, Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci and Steijn Schothorst.</p> <p>A number of lap times were deleted due to drivers running wide at Turns 4 and 11, having gained an advantage by going off track.</p> <p>These corners are where sensors have been positioned in the kerbs.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12496http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12496Pierre Gasly storms to Hungary feature race pole by half a secondFri, 22 Jul 2016 16:43:47 GMT<p><strong>PREMA&#39;s Pierre Gasly stormed to a clear pole position on Friday for Saturday&#39;s Hungarian feature race, putting in a brilliant 1:25.612 to go more than half a second clear of ART&#39;s Sergey Sirotkin in second.</strong></p> <p>The Red Bull test driver&#39;s previous lap would have been good enough for pole, be he found an improvement on his next lap to go further clear at the top of the timing screens.</p> <p>The Frenchman&#39;s team-mate,&nbsp;Antonio Giovinazzi, starts third having only been able to manage a lap eight-tenths slower than Gasly.</p> <p>The session started under hot and humid conditions with the majority of the field heading out to take advantage of the rubber laid down by the Formula 1 cars during first and second practice. However the two PREMA cars remained in their respective garages.</p> <p>The times at the top tumbled as the session progressed with several drivers taking over the top spot. Firstly&nbsp;Oliver Rowland then Alex Lynn then Nobuharu Matsushita and finally Sirotkin. However with the majority heading back to the pits,&nbsp;Gasly and Giovinazzi emerged, handing the pair a largely clean circuit with which to work.</p> <p>That prompted the DAMS drivers to head back out, only to finish P11 for Alex Lynn and P12 for Nicholas Latifi. Had Lynn&#39;s lap been a clean one, he may have been higher up the order.</p> <p>The remainder of the field emerged for a final flying lap, but it seemed as though the best of the conditions had been and gone, leaving Gasly on pole.<br /> <br /> Behind the top three Matsushita leads Norman Nato, Luca Ghiotto, Arthur Pic, Raffaele Marciello, Jordan King and Marvin Kirchhofer completing the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12437http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12437Giuliano Alesi handed grid penalty for Hungary after Silverstone GP3 contactSun, 10 Jul 2016 19:19:01 GMT<p><strong>Trident driver Giuliano Alesi has been given a grid penalty for the next GP3 round in Hungary after contact at Silverstone.</strong></p> <p>The French driver collided with DAMS racer Jake Hughes during the second race of the British GP3 round.</p> <p>The stewards deemed Alesi, who is the son of F1 race winner Jean, hit the brakes too late at Turn 15.</p> <p>The mistake caused the Trident car to collide with Hughes. Alesi failed to finish the race while Hughes crossed the line in 17<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>The three-place grid drop for Alesi will be applied for race one of the next GP3 round, which takes place in Hungary later this month.</p> <p>His team-mate Antonio Fuoco went on to win the second GP3 race at Silverstone.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12427http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12427Jordan King reigns in Silverstone Sprint race with lights to flag victorySun, 10 Jul 2016 10:38:44 GMT<p><strong>Jordan King reigned in the rain in Silverstone on Sunday, winning the GP2 Sprint race from lights to flag with Luca Ghiotto claiming his first GP2 podium behind.</strong></p> <p>The Briton had to hold on for dear life as heavy rain pelted the circuit with just a handful of laps remaining, tip-toing around on slicks.</p> <p>After a great start, the Manor development driver had things his own way for the better part of 15 laps, until&nbsp;a late surge from Trident&#39;s Luca Ghiotto threatened to depose him.</p> <p>The rain started to come down hard with just a few laps remaining, and Racing Engineering team mate Norman Nato soon overstepped the limit of adhesion,&nbsp;spinning off into the gravel at Brooklands.</p> <p>Despite the late deluge, it was a well-behaved performance from most during&nbsp;the race, with Artem Marvelov and Sergey Sirotkin&#39;s minor collision - resulting in the latter&#39;s spin - the only contact of note.</p> <p>Pierre Gasly had a woeful start from eighth on the grid and found himself well outside the points and frustrated behind Sergio Canamasas, but his patience paid off when he got past the Spaniard on Lap 6. He then set about demoting Nicolas Latifi and Marvin Kirchhoefer, before gaining another place thanks to Nato&#39;s pin, and&nbsp;stealing seventh&nbsp;from Mitch Evans as the rain fell.</p> <p>Oliver Rowland also impressed, cutting through the pack form sixth to score another third place finish; his second of the weekend, and his third podium in a row.</p> <p>Rowland&#39;s consistency means he now leads the standings from Raffaele Marciello by a single point, despite not having yet won a race.</p> <p>King led home Ghiotto, Rowland, Antonio&nbsp;Giovinazzi, Nobuharu Matsushita, Marciello, Gasly, and Kirchhoefer completed the points, with Canamasas and Latifi rounding out&nbsp;the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12425http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12425Antonio Fuoco fights past Alex Palou to seal confusing first winSun, 10 Jul 2016 09:26:03 GMT<p><strong>Trident&#39;s Antonio Fuoco took the first win of his GP3 career with a win in the Silverstone Sprint race on Sunday.</strong></p> <p>The Italian tore past Alex Palou -&nbsp;who led the majority of the race after starting tenth -&nbsp;with just a couple of laps to go. However, behind them confusion reigned, as the Chequered flag was shown a lap early.</p> <p>Two Virtual Safety Car periods shortened the race from its original 15-lap length to a 30 minute event. When this time limit expires, the rules state that one additional lap is raced, but the chequered flag was waved before this was completed.</p> <p>This meant that Palou&nbsp;- who was passed by Leclerc on&nbsp;the eventually anullified final lap - finished second,&nbsp;rather than behind the ART driver.</p> <p>Extremely dull conditions met the drivers as the racing got underway, and slightly damp tarmac resulted in many drivers going wide at the start.</p> <p>GP3 debutant Arjun Maini started the race on reverse grid pole, but slight contact with Matt Parry on the opening lap resulted in a puncture for the former, and a broken front wing, black and orange flag,&nbsp;and five-second penalty for the latter.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries was also handed a penalty after contact with Ralph Boschung earlier in the race, meaning the Dutchman&#39;s eventual finishing position of fourth was dropped to eighth.</p> <p>Sandy Stuvik started the race from second, but fell rapidly through the order, with Palou, Leclerc and Fuoco demoting him in the first few laps. His fortune did not improve later in the race, and&nbsp;he slowed significantly with just a handful of laps remaining, retiring from sixth place.</p> <p>Behind Fuoco, Palou and Leclerc was Santino Ferrucci, Steijn Schothorst, Jack Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi, and de Vries, who completed the points.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12423http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12423Albon holds off Leclerc to win Silverstone GP3 race oneSat, 09 Jul 2016 17:12:37 GMT<p><strong>Alexander Albon held off his ART Grand Prix team-mate Charles Leclerc to win the first GP3 race of the weekend at Silverstone.</strong></p> <p>He started from pole position and eked out a comfortable advantage in the early stages, while his closest rivals battled for position further back.</p> <p>But once Leclerc moved up to second place, he started to close in on Albon and was under a second behind his team-mate with a handful of laps remaining.</p> <p>However, he couldn&rsquo;t get close enough to make a move and ultimately ran out of time, finishing 1.6 seconds behind.</p> <p>Albon clinched his second win in the GP3 series, with Leclerc second after a great start and final part of the race, giving ART GP a 1-2 finish. Albon also takes over the lead of the championship with the result.</p> <p>Antonio Fuoco made up ground on lap one and held off Matt Parry to complete the podium. Parry made good progress and pulled off some great overtakes to finish fourth.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries recovered from an early collision with team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi to finish fifth, although he was given a five-place penalty for the contact.</p> <p>Ralph Boschung made late progress to finish sixth, with Arthur Janosz and Jake Dennis next up. Dennis claimed reverse grid pole for race two after a final lap pass on the struggling Sandy Stuvik.</p> <p>Arjun Maini completed the top 10 on his GP3 debut, despite a strong starting position. Alex Palou and Fukuzumi were next up, ahead of Jack Aitken, who struggled for Arden.</p> <p>Matevos Isaakyan raced well within the top 10 before being shown the black and orange flag for a loose wing mirror, causing him to pit.</p> <p>Jake Hughes also looked set for a strong top five result until his rear wing failed on the run to Copse, causing him to retire in the pits after also being shown the same flag.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12420http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12420Pierre Gasly clinches maiden GP2 victory in Silverstone feature raceSat, 09 Jul 2016 15:46:54 GMT<p><strong>Prema Powerteam&rsquo;s Pierre Gasly stormed to his maiden victory in GP2 at the Silverstone feature race, moving his way through the field and hitting the front after an early pitstop.</strong></p> <p>It was the Frenchman&rsquo;s first win in a racing series since 2013, when he was competing in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship.</p> <p>Gasly lined up second but was one of the drivers to stop early to switch from the soft to the hard compound Pirelli tyres.</p> <p>On fresh rubber, he quickly made up ground and stormed into the lead when his rivals pitted to ditch the hard tyre for softs late on.</p> <p>He went on to finish almost 10 seconds clear of Antonio Giovinazzi, who made it a Prema 1-2 finish after a stunning overtake around the outside of Oliver Rowland on the final lap.</p> <p>Having been overtaken at Luffield, Rowland had to settle for third place at his home event, with Mitch Evans recovering to fourth after being one of the drivers to pit late on.</p> <p>Strategy proved to play a big part in the race and Luca Ghiotto, who stopped early on, proved this by rising from 21<sup>st</sup> and last on the grid to an eventual fifth, losing a few places in the closing stages.</p> <p>Nobuharu Matsushita was sixth on his GP2 return after his Austria ban, with polesitter Norman Nato falling to seventh when he pitted.</p> <p>Jordan King was eighth in the second Racing Engineering car, ahead of Raffaele Marciello and Artem Markelov, with the two Russian Time drivers completing the top 10.</p> <p>Markelov was on a charge in the final stages of the race, completing a staggering stint on the hard tyres before a slow pitstop late on caused him to lose ground.</p> <p>Nicholas Latifi was 11<sup>th</sup> after starting at the front of the field, ahead of Marvin Kirchhofer, Sergio Canamasas, Arthur Pic and Jimmy Eriksson.</p> <p>Sergey Sirotkin missed the qualifying weighbridge and started from the pits, but only recovered to 18<sup>th</sup>. Sean Gelael and Gustav Malja were both one lap down after colliding on the opening lap.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12414http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12414Santino Ferrucci handed grid penalty for GP3 qualifying collision with Charles LeclercSat, 09 Jul 2016 11:26:53 GMT<p><strong>DAMS driver Santino Ferrucci has been given a grid penalty for the first GP3 race at Silverstone after an incident during qualifying.</strong></p> <p>The American rookie made contact with ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc during the qualifying session.</p> <p>The collision at Turns 16/17 damaged Leclerc&rsquo;s front wing and caused Ferrucci to stop on track with a puncture.</p> <p>Stewards deemed Ferrucci was at fault and have handed him a five-place grid drop for the opening GP3 race at Silverstone.</p> <p>Ferrucci qualified in 17th&nbsp;place for race one and will therefore drop to the back of the grid with the penalty.</p> <p>Leclerc&rsquo;s ART GP team-mate Alexander Albon will start the opening Silverstone GP3 race from pole position.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12411http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12411Alexander Albon claims maiden GP3 pole during eventful British qualifyingSat, 09 Jul 2016 09:45:40 GMT<p><strong>Alexander Albon will start the British round of the&nbsp;GP3 Series Feature Race from pole position, a first for the ART Grand Prix driver.</strong></p> <p>The eventful session began under drizzly conditions at Silverstone with an early red flag caused by Dams&#39; Kevin Joerg after he went into the barriers on a greasy circuit. The session quickly resumed with Konstantin Tereschenko heading the times.</p> <p>The rain caught several others out including Antonio Fuoco who took a trip through the gravel and Nirei Fukuzumi who span before recovering and continuing.</p> <p>With the rain abating, the switch to slicks beckoned and the times began to fall with the pole sitter changing regularly.</p> <p>A second red flag was caused by Haas junior Santino Ferrucci who made light contact with Charles Leclerc, damaging the ART driver&#39;s front-wing whilst puncturing Ferrucci&#39;s tyre, causing him to stop on track.</p> <p>Before that, Albon had set the quickest time and as the session restarted, the rain began to fall heavier, guaranteeing Albon&#39;s maiden pole.</p> <p>He qualified ahead of <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12354">Leclerc who will drop to seventh with a five-place penalty</a>, therefore handing Sandy Stuvik a front-row slot ahead of Arjun Maini on his debut and Matevos Isaakyan in fourth.</p> <p>Jake Hughes starts fifth ahead of Fuoco, Leclerc, Fukuzumi,&nbsp;Ralph Boschung and Giuliani Alesi.</p> <p>Akash Nandy qualified eighth, but <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12354">starts 13th with his grid penalty</a>.</p> <p>A number of drivers had their quickest times deleted due to a &quot;zero tolerance&quot; to track limits.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12406http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12406Norman Nato takes provisional pole position in disrupted qualifying sessionFri, 08 Jul 2016 17:02:31 GMT<p><strong>Racing Engineering driver Norman Nato&nbsp;took provisional pole position for Saturday&#39;s GP2 Feature Race at Silverstone International Circuit.</strong></p> <p>His time of 1:38.216&nbsp;was set in somewhat controversial fashion, in that it was set almost exactly as the red flag&nbsp;came out for the stopped car of Oliver Rowland, and it was sent to a Stewards&#39; investigation.</p> <p>The Frenchman crossed the line within tenths of seconds of track-side light boards turning red, but replays showed that the lap was completed just before the lights turned red, meaning that he may yet keep the time, amounting to&nbsp;his first ever Pole position in the series.</p> <p>If he keeps the time, Pierre Gasly will join him on the front row of the grid to make it an all-French affair.</p> <p>Sergey Sirotkin set the fifth-quickest time of the afternoon session, but could face a penalty and exlcusion from the results after failing to come to the weighbridge when summoned.</p> <p>It was a highly disrupted session, with&nbsp;Luca Ghiotto pulling&nbsp;off in his Trident car after 2 minutes of the session, failing to&nbsp;set a time.</p> <p>Nabil Jeffri also stopped around half-way into the session, bringing out the first of two red flag periods. He&nbsp;managed to set a time, but only good enough for 20th on the grid.</p> <p>Oliver Rowland also set a lap time before his on-track stoppage with five minutes of the session to go, placing his car tenth on the grid.</p> <p>Sergio Canamasas put his car 14th on the grid, but <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12400">his penalty for impeding Rowland</a> in Free Practice means he will drop three places.</p> <p>Nato and Gasly will lead the field, with Nicolas Latifi and series points leader Raffaele Marciello behind. Next is the under-investigation Sirotkin, Antonio GIovinazzi, Mitch Evans, Jordan King, Arthur Pic, and Oliver Rowland, who completes the top 10.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12400http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12400Sergio Canamasas gets three-place grid penalty after practiceFri, 08 Jul 2016 15:30:00 GMT<p><strong>Carlin driver Sergio&nbsp;Canamasas has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the fifth round on&nbsp;the GP2 Series calendar at Silverstone for &quot;unsporting behaviour&quot;.</strong></p> <p>The Spaniard &quot;was found guilty of showing unsporting behavior towards Oliver Rowland [MP Motorsport] after the chequered flag. This continued during the slow-down lap and following the practice starts,&quot; confirmed a statement from race control.</p> <p>Canamasas will therefore start Saturday&#39;s&nbsp;Feature Race three places lower than he qualifies.</p> <p>Pierre Gasly ended practice quickest ahead of&nbsp;Sergey Sirotkin and Arthur Pic.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12385http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12385Arjun Maini to replace Oscar Tunjo at Jenzer for Silverstone roundWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:03:06 GMT<p><strong>Arjun Maini will replace&nbsp;Oscar Tunjo at&nbsp;Jenzer Motorsport for the upcoming Silverstone round of the GP3 Series Championship.</strong></p> <p>The 18-year-old will make his debut in the series this weekend, currently with&nbsp;plans in place for him to&nbsp;compete in the British round only, but that could be extended according to the team, which said Maini is&nbsp;&quot;keeping his options open&quot;.</p> <p>The Indian-born driver has most recently competed in&nbsp;Formula 3, but pulled out of the most recent round at the Norisring after struggling with the package on offer.</p> <p>It appears Tunjo will be left without a seat, despite having scored all of Jenzer&#39;s points so far this season which has included a podium in Barcelona.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12354http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12354Charles Leclerc and Akash Nandy receive 5-place grid penalties for SilverstoneSun, 03 Jul 2016 13:39:10 GMT<p><strong>ART&#39;s Charles Leclerc and Akash Nandy of Jenzer Motorsport have each been handed a five-place grid penalty for the GP3 Feature race in Silverstone.</strong></p> <p>Leclerc was found to be &quot;not driving in accordance to the wet conditions&quot; by the race Stewards, following his collision with Tatiana Calderon on Lap 14.</p> <p>After seizing Pole position for the Feature race, he found himself down the order during Sunday&#39;s Sprint race. Under braking for Turn 2, the Monaco-born racer hit the back of Tatiana Calderon&#39;s car, sending her into the wall. Leclerc&#39;s ART then continue sliding, and hit the back of Calderon&#39;s team mate Jake Dennis, effectively causing an Arden double-retirement.</p> <p>Leclerc&nbsp;has been fairly&nbsp;dominant thus far, winning the Feature race in Spain,&nbsp;topping both days&nbsp;of the proceeding test, then claiming pole and Feature race win in Austria. However, this reversal of fortune means he will have plenty of work to do if he is maintain his slender five-point advantage over ART team mate Alexander Albon.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Akash Nandy was found to have exceeded the pit lane speed limit in his Jenzer car, and will receive the same punishment.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12349http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12349Jordan King heads all-British podium in tricky conditionsSun, 03 Jul 2016 10:43:00 GMT<p><strong>Jordan King took his first GP2 win on Sunday, with Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn finishing second and third to make it an all-British podium.</strong></p> <p>King started the race - which began under the Safety Car -&nbsp;from reverse-grid Pole, and was not challenged for the lead all race. Once the Safety Car pulled in to the pits, the Racing Engineering driver was able to pull out a gap of around four seconds over team mate Norman Nato.</p> <p>Nato, though, struggled on his wet tyres as the track began to dry, and fell rapidly through the pack. Rowland was the first to demote him on Lap 8, followed swiftly by Rafaele Marciello.</p> <p>Alex Lynn, Nicolas Latifi and Mitch Evans soon followed suit, with Lynn also putting a move on Mitch Evans for fifth place, and later, Luca Ghiotto for fourth.</p> <p>The Brit was in fine fettle during Sunday&#39;s race, climbing from eleventh on the grid to third when the chequered flag fell, making the most of his wet tyres.</p> <p>The action was halted for one lap when Lafiti spun his DAMS on the exit of turn 2, bringing out the Safety Car on Lap 21, and bunching up the field.</p> <p>A few backmarkers opted to pit for slick tyres, but&nbsp;as the Safety Car pulled in, Artem Markelov, Norman Nato, Rene Binder, Arthur Pic, Gustav Malja, Marvin Kirchhoefer and Daniel de Jong found it far too slippery still.</p> <p>On the restart, Lynn seized the final podium spot from Marciello, but was too far back to challenge Rowland of King. Luca Ghiotto looked set to finish in fifth place, but a spin on the very last corner of the race dropped him out of the points.</p> <p>King won from Rowland, Lynn, Marciello, Antonio Giovinazzi, Sergei Sirotkin, Pierre Gasly, and Evans took the final points. Ghiotto and Sergio Canamasas rounded out the top ten, with Markelov in eleventh the highest-placed slick runner.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12348http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12348Ralph Boschung takes maiden win in Soaking SpielbergSun, 03 Jul 2016 09:23:28 GMT<p><strong>Ralph Boschung took his first ever GP3 series win on Sunday for&nbsp;Koiranen GP in sodden conditions at the Red Bull Ring.</strong></p> <p>Barely three laps were completed under racing conditions, with the first nine laps completed under the Safety Car, as well as&nbsp;two subsequent periods for incidents.</p> <p>Two drivers were lost in the initial Safety Car period; Nirei Fukuzumi stopped on-track in his ART car, and though he was able to get the car going again, he retired in the pit line at the end of the lap. Richard Gonda also stopped part way round the track on lap 7.</p> <p>The action got under way properly on Lap 10, when the Safety Car pulled in to the pits, but would return just two laps later.</p> <p>Jake Hughes resumed the race on Lap 10 in the lead, but&nbsp;was tagged by Matthew Parry behind him. This sent&nbsp;Hughes wide and dropped Parry down the order,&nbsp;promoting Boschung to the lead. Konstantin Tereschenko also went off, but retired in the gravel trap.</p> <p>With the Russian off the track, the Safety Car was deployed on Lap 12,&nbsp;coming back in on Lap 14. However, this green flag period lasted barely the distance of the first sector.</p> <p>Charles Leclerc&nbsp;hit&nbsp;the back of Tatiana Calderon on the way up to Turn 2, then clipped the back of Jake Dennis,effectively ending the race of both Arden drivers, with Calderon retiring on the spot and Dennis crawling back to the pits. Leclerc also retired; a huge reversal of fortune from his race victory on Saturday.</p> <p>That was the last piece of racing action, and Boschung closed the race behind the Safety Car. He was joined on the podium by Alex Albon and Antonio Fuoco. Then it was Nyck de Vries, Jack Aitken, Hughes, Parry, and Sandy Sturvik completed the points.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12346http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12346Charles Leclerc wins first Austria race despite late rain shower scareSat, 02 Jul 2016 18:40:14 GMT<p><strong>GP3 Series championship leader Charles Leclerc took his second category victory on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring, despite a late rain shower threatening his lead.</strong></p> <p>The Monegasque driver led an all ART Grand Prix podium as team-mates Alexander Albon and Nick de Vries came in second and third respectively.</p> <p>Leclerc lost the lead at the start, dropping to third as&nbsp;Albon took the lead, followed by Koiranen GP&#39;s&nbsp;Ralph Boschung, but that order didn&#39;t stand for long as Leclerc quickly got past the pair to relclaim the lead, where he would remain until the checkered flag.</p> <p>It wasn&#39;t however straightforward after that as rain arrived, shrinking Leclerc&#39;s lead, but he managed to hold on despite a quick Albon closing down.</p> <p>It was an unfortunate race for&nbsp;Oscar Tunjo after he wa shown a&nbsp;black-and-orange flag when a rearview mirror fell off his car, costing him fourth place.</p> <p>That position went to&nbsp;Boschung instead, with Antonio Fuoco fifth, followed by&nbsp;Nirei Fukuzumi,&nbsp;Jake Hughes,&nbsp;Jack Aitken and Sandy Stuvik to complete the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12340http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12340Mitch Evans takes surprise victory in frenetic GP2 feature race in AustriaSat, 02 Jul 2016 16:34:31 GMT<p><strong>Mitch Evans has taken a surprise victory in an utterly frenetic feature race in Austria, coming home ahead of Campos Racing team-mate Sean Gelael.</strong></p> <p>The 40-lap race featured a whole host of obstacles, including a handful of safety car periods and even a red flag delay for a significant amount of time.</p> <p>Early race leader Antonio Giovinazzi failed to even finish the race after stalling in the pits on two occasions in quick succession once the race was resumed under safety car conditions after the red flag delay.</p> <p>During the opening few laps Giovinazzi fought for the lead along with Prema Racing team-mate Pierre Gasly, however when heavy rain hit Turns 2 and 3 on Lap 18 the Frenchman spun into the gravel and into retirement after beaching his car.</p> <p>The first rainstorm resulted in treacherous conditions in the first sector of the track, however many drivers remained on the dry tyre compound with the remainder of the track remaining relatively dry.</p> <p>However the rain returned with vengeance several laps later, dousing more of the track and creating even trickier conditions.</p> <p>With Giovinazzi now fighting for the lead with Raffaele Marciello, Marvin Kirchhofer spun at Turn 2 and stalled.</p> <p>This left the German&rsquo;s car stuck in the middle of the track, with the leading drivers all miraculously managing to avoid making contact with the Carlin racer.</p> <p>This caused the second safety car period of the race, and saw many drivers including the leaders pit for their mandatory stop.</p> <p>However, upon exiting the pits Artem Markelov accelerated too hard and speared straight into the barrier and came to a halt in the middle of the pit exit.</p> <p>This led to a lengthy red flag delay, with all manner of freneticism occurring up and down the field with Philo Paz Armand overtaking a handful of cars and even the safety car as the field returned to the pits.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eventually the race was resumed under the safety car, before Evans assumed control at the front and completed a succession of fastest laps to take a memorable victory.</p> <p>Marciello managed to end the race in third, despite leading for several laps before the red flag delay.</p> <p>Luca Ghiotto came home fourth after a strong race from the Italian, finishing ahead of late chargers Jimmy Eriksson and Oliver Rowland.</p> <p>Championship contender Norman Nato came home seventh for Racing Engineering, ahead of initial pole man Sergey Sirotkin.</p> <p>Meanwhile Gustav Malja and Jordan King rounded out the top ten.</p> <p>Prior to the rain intervention and the subsequent spills and thrills, Sergio Canamasas became the first retirement after struggling to brake in time and&nbsp;slamming into the rear of Malja and Nabil Jeffri.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12331http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12331Charles Leclerc storms to dominant Austrian GP3 poleSat, 02 Jul 2016 09:28:44 GMT<p><strong>Charles Leclerc has stormed to an exceptionally dominant pole position for the opening Austrian GP3 race around the Red Bull Ring, ending the session half a second faster than ART Grand Prix team-mate Alexander Albon.</strong></p> <p>It was an ART Grand Prix one-two-three at the top, with Dutch racer Nick de Vries set to start from third on the grid, despite running wide on his final timed lap in the session.</p> <p>Ralph Boschung managed to break the ART Grand Prix monopoly at the front, qualifying fourth ahead of Nirei Fukuzumi who set the initial pace for the French outfit around the fast-flowing Austrian circuit.</p> <p>As ever the GP3 qualifying session was a closely fought affair, with the entire field separated by only +1.6 seconds.</p> <p>Matt Parry ended proceedings as the fastest British racer for Koiranen GP, ahead of Oscar Tunjo. The Colombian racer was the latest to suffer damage to his car after running over the kerbs lining the Red Bull Ring, losing his left wing mirror on the exit of Turn 8.</p> <p>Meanwhile British duo Jake Dennis and Jake Hughes came home eighth and ninth for Arden International and DAMS respectively, with Haas F1 development driver Santiago Ferrucci rounding out the top ten for DAMS.</p> <p>The session ran completely incident free, with only a handful of drivers making minor mistakes and running wide throughout the session and ruining their individual lap times.</p> <p>The GP3 field will be one car short for the remainder of the weekend, after Giuliano Alesi was advised not to participate after enduring an almighty shunt at Turn 1 during practice on Friday.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12327http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12327ART's Sergey Sirotkin snatches pole by just 0.006s to Antonio GiovinazziFri, 01 Jul 2016 18:19:49 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix driver Sergey Sirotkin snatched pole position for the GP2 Series round in Austria&nbsp;from Prema&#39;s&nbsp;Antonio Giovinazzi by the closest of margins on Friday, with just 0.006s splitting the two.</strong></p> <p>Sirotkin took his second pole position of the season in today&rsquo;s qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring. The Russian driver set the fastest laptime, a&nbsp;1m13.663s denying Giovinazzi, with&nbsp;Pierre Gasly completing&nbsp;the top three, a tenth back.</p> <p>The drivers fed onto the track eager to put their Supersoft Pirelli tyres to good use. Sirotkin was quick to set the early pace but Gasly was the first man to dip under 1m14s, lapping the Austrian track in a 1m13.974s to claim&nbsp;the provisional pole.</p> <p>Halfway through the session, the cars returned to the pits for fresh rubber. With ten minutes left on the clock, Alex Lynn led the final charge.</p> <p>On a busy track, Sirotkin found a clear lap to clock in a laptime of 1m13.663s - almost a second better than last year&rsquo;s pole, and went top.</p> <p>Giovinazzi meanwhile went quickest in sector one, but went too wide in the final corner and lost time. The Italian driver had to settle for P2 ahead of team-mate Gasly who also improved but not enough to start from the front row.</p> <p>On his final attempt, rookie Luca Ghiotto found some extra pace to move up to P4; his best qualifying result this season. The session ended under yellow flags after Jimmy Eriksson stopped at Turn 7.</p> <p>At the chequered flag, behind the top three, Ghiotto, Artem Markelov, Raffaele Marciello, Oliver Rowland, Lynn, Norman Nato and Mitch Evans rounded up the top ten.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12309http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12309Rene Binder to fill in for banned Nobuharu Matsushita at ART in AustriaWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:41:20 GMT<p><strong>Rene&nbsp;Binder will replace Nobuharu Matsushita at ART GP for the GP2 races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria this weekend.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12256">Matsishita was given a one-race</a> ban for &#39;driving in an erratic manner&#39; in Baku during two separate Safety Car periods, which included overtaking the Safety Car before the line, and braking and accelerating in a way that caused those behind to make contact with one another.</p> <p>Binder, who currently races in Formula V8 3.5, enjoyed four years in the series between 2012 and 2015, scoring 16points over four seasons for Lazarus, Arden, Trident and MP Motorsport.</p> <p>He currently lies fourth in the Formula V8 3.5 standings after taking his second podium of the season at the CIrcuit Paul Ricard.</p> <p>Hailing from Austria, Binder will be the only home racer at the Red Bull ring in Spielberg, and will be hoping to improve on his twelfth-place finish from two years ago.</p> <p>&ldquo;I like GP2 but I still have some unfinished business with it&quot; He said.</p> <p>&quot;I always said that if there was a chance to get a drive with a top team,&nbsp;I would not hesitate to take the challenge. It will take a few laps to get the feeling for the car and for the Pirelli tyres again.</p> <p>&quot;However, I am sure that I will get the best possible support from the team who is, without any doubt, amoung the most successful race teams in Europe.&nbsp;I want to thank ART Grand Prix for this great opportunity to drive their car at my home race in Spielberg.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12262http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12262Jimmy Eriksson handed Austria grid drop for Jordan King collisionSun, 19 Jun 2016 18:59:33 GMT<p><strong>Arden driver Jimmy Eriksson has been handed a grid penalty for the next GP2 round in Austria.</strong></p> <p>The Swedish driver was an early retirement from the Baku sprint race on Sunday morning&nbsp; after contact with Racing Engineering&#39;s Jordan King at Turn 1 on lap eight.</p> <p>King was able to continue and went on to finish fourth, while Eriksson retired on the spot due to damage.</p> <p>The stewards investigated the contact after the second race around the Baku City Circuit, deeming Eriksson was at fault.<br /> Eriksson was given a three-place grid penalty for the Austria feature race at the Red Bull Ring.</p> <p>ART Grand Prix&#39;s Nobuharu Matsushita picked up a one-round ban after his erratic driving on the restarts during the sprint race.</p> <p>Prema Racing&#39;s Antonio Giovinazzi doubled up and took a clean sweep of GP2 wins in Baku, finishing first in both the feature and sprint races.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12256http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12256ART's Nobuharu Matsushita handed Austria race ban for dangerous drivingSun, 19 Jun 2016 15:18:01 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&#39;s&nbsp;Nobuharu Matsushita has been handed a race ban for the next round on&nbsp;the GP2 Series calendar.</strong></p> <p>The Japanese driver was handed the penalty by Baku race stewards after he was found guilty of &quot;driving in an erratic manner, causing danger to other drivers,&quot; during Sunday&#39;s sprint race.</p> <p>At the end of the first safety car&nbsp;period, Matsushita overtook the safety car&nbsp;before the white&nbsp;line which indicates when cars can overtake and then&nbsp;drove in an erratic manner.</p> <p>At the end of the second period, Matsushita was also found guilty of driving in an erratic manner, accelerating and braking, again causing danger to other competitors and &quot;causing several collisions to cars following him&quot;.</p> <p>He will therefore sit out the next round at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12252http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12252Antonio Giovinazzi does the double with sprint GP2 race win in BakuSun, 19 Jun 2016 12:14:24 GMT<p><strong>Prema Racing&#39;s Antonio Giovinazzi was at one point last in the GP2 sprint race at the Baku City Circuit but avoided the chaos to claim victory.</strong></p> <p>The Italian driver did the double, having won the feature race on Saturday, and made a last-lap move on team-mate Pierre Gasly to move into the lead.</p> <p>Gasly ran deep into Turn 1, opening the door for Giovinazzi to snatch the lead on the final tour in Azerbaijan. The two were separated by just 1.7 seconds at the flag.</p> <p>Behind the Prema 1-2 finish, Sergey Sirotkin was third for ART Grand Prix, with Jordan King and Arten Markelov next up.<br /> Sergio Canamasas, Nabil Jeffri, Arthur Pic, Alex Lynn and Marvin Kirchhofer benefitted from the last safety car mayhem to complete the top 10.</p> <p>The opening eight laps were fairly tame by GP2 standards but contact between Jimmy Eriksson and King at the first corner saw the safety car deployed.</p> <p>Giovinazzi and Gasly moved into the mix at the next restart, where leader Nobuharu Matsushita braked after the safety car line, as other drivers behind were accelerating.</p> <p>Several drivers made contact, with Gustav Malja losing his front wing and then taking out Oliver Rowland and Sean Gelael at Turn 1. Mitch Evans and Canamasas also picked up damage.</p> <p>The safety car was redeployed again and on the restart, a late move and lock-up saw Raffaele Marciello and Matsushita collide, with the former continuing on to finish 11th and the latter retiring.</p> <p>The restarts will now be investigated by the FIA stewards. The chaotic final stage of the race enabled Giovinazzi and Gasly to move up the order to claim a double podium.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12250http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12250Arthur Pic hit with grid penalty after feature race crash with Artem MarkelovSat, 18 Jun 2016 19:14:34 GMT<p><strong>Rapax driver Arthur Pic will start Sunday&#39;s GP2 sprint race from 20th position after picking up a penalty for colliding with Artem Markelov during Saturday&#39;s feature race.</strong></p> <p>Pic attempted to pass Markelov at Turn 4 on lap seven of the race, but squeezed the Russian Time driver against the wall in the process.</p> <p>Pic was out on the spot and while Markelov continued, his steering failed and he crashed into a barrier. Following a meeting by the stewards, Pic was awarded a five-place grid penalty and will start 20th.</p> <p>It was just one of many collisions during the chaotic first ever race on the Baku City Circuit and both drivers were eliminated from the running.</p> <p>They joined ten other drivers on the sidelines and just a further ten drivers completed the full race distance, following four safety car periods due to incidents.</p> <p>Daniel de Jong will start the sprint race from reverse-grid pole, after finishing eighth in the feature race.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12239http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12239Antonio Giovinazzi claims maiden GP2 win in Baku feature raceSat, 18 Jun 2016 10:19:48 GMT<p><strong>Prema Racing&rsquo;s Antonio Giovinazzi claimed his first ever victory in GP2 after a dramatic feature race around the new Baku City Circuit.</strong></p> <p>The Italian driver took pole position in the postponed GP2 qualifying session in Azerbaijan but a slow start and poor pitstop caused him to lose ground.</p> <p>He slowly recovered and passed countryman Raffaele Marciello for the lead on lap 18, before a late safety car period to clear Norman Nato&rsquo;s damaged car, after the Racing Engineering driver crashed into his team-mate Jordan King.</p> <p>There were four safety car periods during the race, first for a multi-car crash on the opening lap at Turn 1 that eliminated both DAMS machines, Pierre Gasly, Sergio Canamasas and Marvin Kirchhofer.</p> <p>Philo Paz Armand crashed a few laps after the restart, causing the racing action to be paused once again. Arthur Pic and Artem Markelov then collided, with the latter then crashing out.</p> <p>The long final safety car for Nato&rsquo;s car meant there was a two-lap dash to the flag, with Giovinazzi holding onto the lead to claim both his and Prema&rsquo;s first win in GP2.</p> <p>Sergey Sirotkin bounced back from his errors at the last few rounds to pip Marciello for second on the line, with the Russian Time driver in third.</p> <p>Oliver Rowland, Mitch Evans, Nobuharu Matsushita, Sean Geleal and Daniel de Jong were next up. Luca Ghiotto and Gustav Malja completed the top 10.</p> <p>They were also the final runners on the lead lap, with Jimmy Eriksson and Jordan King colliding on the restart. The drivers were classified two laps down.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12237http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12237Antonio Giovinazzi takes maiden pole in delayed GP2 qualifyingFri, 17 Jun 2016 19:49:28 GMT<p><strong>Prema Racing&#39;s Antonio Giovinazzi took his maiden pole position on Saturday in a delayed qualifying session around Baku&#39;s City Circuit in the heart of Azerbaijan.</strong></p> <p>The session, which was supposed to follow Formula 1&#39;s first practice, was delayed after concerns were raised about the kerbs, several of which appeared to come loose. It finally took place after F1&#39;s FP2 session.</p> <p>Giovinazzi set a blazing laptime of 1m51.752s denying ART&#39;s Nobuharu Matsushita by 0.08s in the dying minutes of the session.</p> <p>ART&#39;s second driver,&nbsp;Sergey Sirotkin, took P3, seven-tenths down on pole&nbsp;followed by Italian duo Raffaele Marciello (Russian Time) and Luca Ghiotto (Trident) to complete the top five.</p> <p>The session saw a red flag when&nbsp;both Daniel De Jong and Philo Paz&nbsp;Armand ran off at Turn 3, with&nbsp;the latter failing&nbsp;to get going again.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> # </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> Driver </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> Team </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> Time </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> Laps </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>1.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Antonio Giovinazzi</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>PREMA Racing</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:51.752</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>12</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>2.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Nobuharu Matsushita</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>ART Grand Prix</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:51.841</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>10</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>3.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Sergey Sirotkin</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>ART Grand Prix</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:52.532</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>11</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>4.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Raffaele Marciello</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>RUSSIAN TIME</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:52.555</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>11</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>5.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Luca Ghiotto</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Trident</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:52.691</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>13</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>6.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Oliver Rowland</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>MP Motorsport</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:52.739</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>11</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>7.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Marvin Kirchh&ouml;fer</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Carlin</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:52.756</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>11</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>8.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Pierre Gasly</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>PREMA Racing</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:52.760</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>11</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>9.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Norman Nato</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Racing Engineering</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:52.929</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>13</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>10.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Sergio Canamasas</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Carlin</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:52.962</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>11</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>11.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Jordan King</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Racing Engineering</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:52.962</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>11</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>12.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Artem Markelov</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>RUSSIAN TIME</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:53.040</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>13</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>13.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Alex Lynn</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>DAMS</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:53.092</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>10</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>14.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Nicholas Latifi</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>DAMS</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:53.226</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>11</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>15.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Mitch Evans</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Pertamina Campos Racing</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:53.401</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>13</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>16.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Arthur Pic</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Rapax</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:53.702</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>12</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>17.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Dani&euml;l de Jong</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>MP Motorsport</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:54.000</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>12</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>18.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Jimmy Eriksson</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Arden International</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:54.034</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>12</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>19</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Gustav Malja</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Rapax</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:54.213</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>12</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>20.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Sean Gelael</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Pertamina Campos Racing</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:54.717</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>11</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>21.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Nabil Jeffri</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Arden International</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:55.333</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>14</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="46"> <p>22.</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="207"> <p>Philo Paz Armand</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="256"> <p>Trident</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="118"> <p>1:57.692</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="78"> <p>4</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>