FORMULA 2

De VRIES CHARGES TO VICTORY IN LE CASTELLET SPRINT

Dutchman eases to first win of 2018 with large margin
Nyck de Vries was rampant in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Le Castellet, France, storming to his first championship win of 2018. Making a number of crucial overtakes at the beginning of the race, the PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing driver won by 9.6 seconds over second-placed Louis Delétraz, as Luca Ghiotto collected consecutive third place finishes.
Feature Race winner George Russell was immediately thrust out of contention having encountered technical difficulties, before a flurry of unfortunate events preceded the start – Nirei Fukuzumi was unable to pull away for the formation lap, in which Jack Aitken spun and was unable to get going. At the start, polesitter Tadasuke Makino was immediately swamped by the cars around him, falling to fifth as fellow front-row starter Nicholas Latifi assumed control of the lead, with Delétraz, de Vries and Ghiotto slotting in behind the Canadian driver.
Delétraz immediately displayed a pace advantage over Latifi, winding the lead to within DRS range as de Vries dropped back – giving the Swiss driver free reign to challenge into the Mistral chicane; a lap three attempt to pass served as a reconnaissance mission, with Delétraz taking advantage on the following tour of the circuit to breeze past Latifi for the lead. No sooner had the DAMS driver lost the lead, he had de Vries to contend with as Déletraz scampered up the road from the pair.
On the sixth lap, Latifi lost out once more at the same corner as de Vries made a successful play for second, immediately working on overturning Delétraz’s advantage – which now stood at 2.3s. Behind them, Makino was in danger of haemorrhaging further positions to the chasing Antonio Fuoco and Sergio Sette Camara, before a mechanical problem left the Japanese driver to retreat to the pitlane. The battle quickly returned to three contenders, as Lando Norris cleared Maximilian Gunther and subsequently charged up to the rear of Sette Camara.
At the midpoint of the race, de Vries had unlocked further pace from his PREMA car and started to close in on Delétraz with a clear speed advantage over the Charouz driver. Further down the field, Sette Camara was throwing the kitchen sink at Fuoco, who proved to be uncooperative in the Brazilian’s pursuit of progress through the pack. The action continued around the midway mark, Latifi falling further down the order after Ghiotto wrested control of third.
On lap 13, de Vries was immediately on the back of Delétraz, and the Dutchman forced his way through at turn 5 to seize control of the lead – quickly building a solid buffer to consolidate his position. Sette Camara’s efforts to pass Fuoco were less successful, allowing Norris to enter the frame and peeling his Carlin teammate’s attention away from the back of the Ferrari junior driver.
Norris then made a move on Sette Camara into the Mistral chicane and, although he faced resistance over the following corners, the British driver retained his position and wrested control of sixth. Meanwhile, de Vries was imperious in the lead, opening a heady advantage to Déletraz – who had begun to struggle, losing time to the chasing Ghiotto.
With the battle among the front three stagnating, Latifi’s regression through the field left him to fall victim to Fuoco, with Norris next to get the Force India reserve driver in his sights. Making a pass ahead of turn 1, Latifi attempted to regain the slipstream from Norris to switch back, but instead clipped his rear and locked up heavily with front-wing damage to fall down the order.

GP3

BOCCOLACCI WOWS HOME CROWD WITH LE CASTELLET VICTORY

French driver converts pole position into a commanding win
Dorian Boccolacci enjoyed a dream GP3 Series Race 1 at Le Castellet, France, converting pole position into an emphatic drive to victory in front of his home fans. The MP Motorsport driver finished ahead of compatriot Anthoine Hubert, who beat ART Grand Prix teammate Nikita Mazepin to second.
Unlike the preceding sessions at the Circuit Paul Ricard, the first race took place under overcast conditions, and Boccolacci’s spirits were almost dampened on the formation lap having struggled to get off the line; he recovered in time to reassume pole position at the lights. His getaway at the race start was more auspicious, retaining his lead ahead of Hubert and Giuliano Alesi into the first corner.
Boccolacci soon found a buffer over the pair, with Alesi soon coming under fire from Mazepin in the early stages of the race. Behind them, Niko Kari and Leonardo Pulcini battled hard for fifth place – the Finnish driver winning out to put Mazepin under pressure. Boccolacci and Hubert were soon scampering up the road, the former holding a second’s lead by the end of lap 2.
Alesi then fell victim to Mazepin on the fourth lap, as the Russian squeezed past the Trident driver into the Mistral chicane to leave his counterpart in the clutches of Kari. Meanwhile, Boccolacci took care to remain out of DRS range from Hubert, building a gap of over two seconds before DRS was disabled for the remainder of the race.
With passing opportunities now at a premium, Alesi continued to frustrate Kari’s overtures for fourth, while Hubert used the gap in front of him to set a new fastest lap – eating into Boccolacci’s lead. With the action stagnant towards the front, Boccolacci responding to Hubert with a new benchmark time after the midpoint, the battle for ninth place was hotly contested – Joey Mawson clinging onto the position having come under fire from ART pair Callum Ilott and Jake Hughes.
Pushing hard to recoup some lost time, Hubert suffered a small off moment on his 13th lap, going wide at T12 as Boccolacci continued to set fastest laps – building a lead of almost three seconds going into the final five tours of the circuit. Hubert then hit back, eclipsing Boccolacci’s pace to take chunks out of his countryman’s advantage – ultimately setting the best lap of the race in the process. Meanwhile, Mawson’s stern defense of ninth place invited Jenzer Motorsport driver Tatiana Calderon and Juan Manuel Correa into the fight, and Calderon’s later attempted pass on Hughes left the two teammates to collide at the Mistral chicane on the penultimate lap.
Hubert continued to chisel away at Boccolacci’s advantage down to the final lap, but the local hero’s well-executed race left Hubert without enough time to make a play for the lead. With the gap at just 0.6 seconds, Boccolacci secured MP Motorsport’s maiden GP3 victory ahead of Hubert, who claims his third consecutive second-place finish this season.
Mazepin enjoyed an otherwise-lonely race to scoop the final podium placing, with Alesi warding off Kari throughout the race to clinch fourth. Italian pair Pulcini and Alessio Lorandi were seventh and eighth, as Mawson managed to bat away a series of late moves from Ilott to score his first GP3 points in ninth, as Ilott held on from Hughes and Correa at the final corner for the last point.

GOODWOOD

WILLIAMS HERITAGE ANNOUNCES GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED LINE UP

Williams Heritage is delighted to confirm its attendance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on 12-15th July. Karun Chandhok will return to the famous Goodwood hill in the Williams-BMW FW26, meanwhile the team’s six-wheeled FW08B will be on static display.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates its Silver Jubilee anniversary and reflects on the best moments from the past quarter of a century. The four-day festival is set to look back on the Goodwood’s nostalgic journey since its inception in June 1993, to today’s iconic event that enjoys phenomenal popularity and is televised worldwide.
Designed by Sir Patrick Head, Gavin Fisher and Antonia Terzi, the FW26 was driven by Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher in the 2004 Formula One World Championship, delivering a race victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Marc Gene and Antonia Pizzonia also drove six races between them that season replacing Ralf after he was injured during the United States Grand Prix. The FW26 with its V10 engine was known to be one of the most attention-grabbing cars of the season. It is also well known for holding the record for the fastest qualifying lap in the history of Formula One at that time. Juan Pablo Montoya lapped Monza at an average speed of 262.242 km/h (162.9 mph) in 2004.
Jonathan Williams commented: “Williams Heritage is looking forward to celebrating the momentous occasion of the Silver Jubilee anniversary of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed. The festival is a special event which I thoroughly look forward to each year, and this year is no exception. It will be a spectacle for the crowd to see Karun take the FW26 up the hill this year.”
Williams Reserve and Development Driver, Robert Kubica, will also make his return to the Festival of Speed this year with Martini Racing as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

F1Weekly podcast # 760

FERNANDO FEVER IS SWEEPING THE F1WEEKLY PALATIAL STUDIOS AND WITH THE GRAND PIX DE FRANCE NEXT THE HOST IS BESIDES HIMSELF! TO CELEBRATE WE BRING BACK AN INTERVIEW WITH LE MANS GREAT HENRI PESCAROLO!!

Pescarolo began his career in 1965 with a Lotus Seven. He was successful enough to be offered a third car in the MatraFormula 3 team for 1966, but the car was not ready until mid-season.[3] However, in 1967 he won the European Championship with Matra and was promoted to Formula 2 for 1968. That season he was team-mate to Jean-Pierre Beltoise and achieved several second places and a win at Albi, which led to him being given a drive in Matra’s Formula One team for the last three races of 1968.

His career suffered a setback, in 1969, when he crashed on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans whilst testing the Matra sports car. Pescarolo was badly burned and did not compete again until mid-season. He returned at the German GP where he drove a Formula 2 Matra into fifth place winning the small capacity class, in his only Grand Prix race that season.

For 1970 Pescarolo was signed full-time by Matra for their Formula One team and once again as team-mate to Beltoise, put in a solid season with a third place at the Monaco Grand Prix being the high point. He also won the Paris 1000 km and Buenos Aires 1000 km sports car races partnered with Beltoise. Pescarolo was not retained by Matra, and in 1971, 1972, and 1973 with Motul sponsorship, he drove for the fledgling Formula One team run by the young Frank Williams, but with little success. In 1974, Pescarolo drove for BRM, again with Motul backing, but the team’s best days were gone and a ninth place in Argentina was his best result in a season with many retirements.

Pescarolo did not compete in Formula One in 1975 but returned to the championship in 1976 with a Surtees privately entered by BS Fabrications. Although neither car nor driver was considered to be competitive, failing to qualify for 2 of 9 Grands Prix entered, Pescarolo did begin to show speed in the final 5 races, even scoring a season’s best finish of 9th at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix

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FORMULA 1

RED BULL POWERED BY HONDA

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing is proud to announce that it has reached an agreement with Honda Motor Co Ltd to race with the Japanese manufacturer’s power units for the 2019 and 2020 Formula 1 seasons.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said: “This multi-year agreement with Honda signals the start of an exciting new phase in Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s efforts to compete not just for grand prix wins but for what is always our goal – championship titles.
“We have always taken decisions such as this dispassionately and with only one criteria in mind – do we believe the outcome will allow us to compete at a higher level. After careful consideration and evaluation we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the Team.” He added: “We have been impressed by Honda’s commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, and by the scope of their ambition, which matches our own. We look forward to working with Honda in the coming years and to racing together in pursuit of F1’s biggest prizes.”
The Team will continue to race under the name of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.
Takahiro Hachigo, President & Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said: “Having established a good relationship with Scuderia Toro Rosso, we have decided to extend our Formula 1 involvement to the other team in the Red Bull family, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, as from the 2019 season. Having two teams means we can access twice as much data as previously. We believe that working with both Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing will allow us to get closer to our goal of winning races and championships, building two strong partnerships. Discussions proceeded very quickly, thanks to Red Bull’s open and respectful attitude towards Honda, leading to a deal that is fair and equitable for all parties.”
The Team’s partnership with Honda deepens Red Bull’s collaboration with the Japanese manufacturer, which in 2018 entered into a partnership with Scuderia Toro Rosso. Red Bull and Honda have already enjoyed success together in motorsport on both four and two wheels.
“Honda’s alignment with both Red Bull Formula 1 teams provides enormous potential,” Christian Horner said. “Honda will have access to a wealth of data from both outfits, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing leading the way, and the opportunities for faster, more effective and more competitive development are doubled.”
With this announcement, the 2018 season brings to an end the Team’s 12-year relationship with current power unit supplier Renault.
The team first used Renault power in 2007 and during F1’s V8 engine era the partnership yielded 47 grand prix victories and eight world championship titles (four Drivers’ and four Constructors’) between 2010 and 2013, and a further ten grand prix victories since then.
Commenting on the team’s time with Renault, Christian Horner added: “We would like to thank Renault for the past 12 years, a period during which we experienced some incredible moments together. We have sometimes had our differences but Renault has always worked tirelessly and to the best of its ability to provide us with a competitive power unit. That is still the case today and we would like to thank the Renault team, and particularly the guys in our garage at every race, for their unstinting commitment and we look forward to ending our partnership on a high come the end of this season. Our focus for the rest of this year is still very much on delivering the best results possible in the 2018 Championship and we wish Renault Sport all the best for the future.”

LE MANS

EL MAS MACHO DEL MUNDO FERNANDO ALONSO WINS AT LE MANS

The 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most challenging endurance race, finally was Toyota’s time to shine. Qualifying results placed the pair of Toyota TS050 Hybrids on the pole and No. 2 starting positions for the race, which began Saturday at 9 a.m. ET (3 p.m. in France) and ended Sunday at the same time with the same two cars atop the field.

In both of the last two years in the LMP1 class, Porsche had stolen victory from Toyota, which had experienced differing issues. Both TS050 Hybrid’s were able to avoid issues this year on their way to a 1-2 finish. This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans featured perhaps the strongest group of Toyota drivers ever. Among those who drove for the winning No. 8 team was two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso; he was joined by Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi.

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