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“F1: Rosberg takes dominant pole in Belgium”

Nico Rosberg took his fourth consecutive Formula One pole position at Spa-Francorchamps today.

In wet, but drying conditions, the German racer had some three-tenths in hand over championship rival and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

It was not just a dominant lap for Rosberg – even his second quickest tour, the son of the 1982 champion would have headed the times.

Lewis Hamilton did improve with his final run; however the Briton’s Q3 stint was peppered with errors on a tricky surface.

Sebastian Vettel led the Red Bull charge, albeit over two seconds adrift of the pole time. The reigning champion may have lost some time as he was the first driver to complete the final run, leaving others to improve after he had finished.

Fernando Alonso brought his Ferrari to 4th, just two-tenths ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who made a mistake in Stavelot on his final lap. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas could do no better than 6th.

Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) made it an all-Scandinavian fourth row, while Felipe Massa (Williams) and Jenson Button (McLaren) took 9tha nd 10th respectively.

It was an-Toro Rosso sixth row. The Italian squad lost out in the final moments as others found time late on. Both Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne made the move to intermediate tyres by mid-session; however as their Pirelli rubber aged, the young duo dropped behind those who changed later.
Sergio Perez was the first of the Force India’s in 13th, with Sauber’s Adrian Sutil taking 14th. Romain Grosjean leads the Lotus charge in 15th, emerging some 1.4s faster than Marussia man Jules Bianchi.

Pastor Maldonado once again failed to break out of Q1 in his Lotus-Renault, although the real surprise came when Nico Hulkenberg could not progress. The German complained of a lack of confidence in his brakes in the cold conditions around the legendary Belgian circuit.
Max Chilton lined up 19th in the second Marussia. He enjoyed a nine-tenths advantage over Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) who suffered a mechanical failure early in the session. It was an all-Caterham back row; however Formula One debutante André Lotterer out-qualified teammate Marcus Ericsson by almost one second.

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“Ghiotto takes pole on GP3 Series debut”

Luca Ghiotto took a surprise pole position in his debut outing in the GP3 Series this year.

The Italian teenager secured the top spot in his first outing in wet-to-dry conditions at the Francorchamps circuit.

Ghiotto took pole by three-tenths from Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff, while Jimmy Eriksson (Carlin) rounded out the top-three.

Berstorff maintained the top spot for a sizeable portion of the session; however Ghiotto’s late effort demoted the Briton to the outside of the front row.

Richie Stanaway will take 4th, having fallen two-tenths shy of row two stablemate Eriksson. Points leader Alex Lynn was at the front of the pack during the initial runner, but he fell back to 5th as the times came down slightly.

Patrick Kujala completed the third row, while Marvin Kirchhöfer led the ART Grand Prix charge. The German lost time when, like his teammates, the ART squad sent their drivers out on slicks on a track which was not quite ready.

Carmen Jorda did not set a lap – the Colombian spun off earlier in the session and became beached in the gravel before she had an opportunity to register a time.

2014 GP3 Series Round of Belgium (Qualifying)
Pos  Driver               Team      Time       Gap
 1.  Luca Ghiotto         Trident   2m22.251s
 2.  Emil Bernstorff      Carlin    2m22.584s  +0.333s
 3.  Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen  2m22.678s  +0.427s
 4.  Richie Stanaway      Status    2m22.862s  +0.611s
 5.  Alex Lynn            Carlin    2m23.081s  +0.830s
 6.  Patrick Kujala       Manor     2m23.303s  +1.052s
 7.  Marvin Kirchhofer    ART       2m23.413s  +1.162s
 8.  Patric Niederhauser  Arden     2m23.438s  +1.187s
 9.  Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer    2m23.481s  +1.230s
10.  Dino Zamparelli      ART       2m23.565s  +1.314s
11.  Dean Stoneman        Manor     2m23.586s  +1.335s
12.  Jann Mardenborough   Arden     2m23.794s  +1.543s
13.  Nick Yelloly         Status    2m23.920s  +1.669s
14.  Robert Visoiu        Arden     2m23.996s  +1.745s
15.  Kevin Ceccon         Jenzer    2m24.057s  +1.806s
16.  Alex Fontana         ART       2m24.248s  +1.997s
17.  Sebastian Balthasar  Hilmer    2m24.464s  +2.213s
18.  Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen  2m24.687s  +2.436s
19.  Nelson Mason         Hilmer    2m24.846s  +2.595s
20.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin    2m24.862s  +2.611s
21.  Pal Varhaug          Jenzer    2m25.301s  +3.050s
22.  Alfonso Celis        Status    2m25.553s  +3.302s
23.  Riccardo Agostini    Hilmer    2m25.965s  +3.714s
24.  John Bryant-Meisner  Trident   2m25.969s  +3.718s
25.  Ryan Cullen          Manor     2m26.537s  +4.286s

“F1: Bottas heads Saturday morning running”

Valtteri Bottas topped a drying third free practice session at Spa-Francorchamps this morning.

The Williams man jumped to the top thanks to a late run that propelled him ahead of Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes).

It had been a mostly quiet session, with cars rolling onto the circuit in just the final third of the session, as the sun emerged, creating dry patches along the damp Belgian track.

Bottas’ best – a 1:49.465s – was almost three-tenths quicker than the Renault-powered Red Bull man; however considering the changing conditions of the circuit, it is still unknown just how representative this time may be.

Ricciardo’s 2nd place also came right at the death, while Rosberg’s time (1:49.739) came just moments before Bottas claimed his practice prize. Ferrari man Kimi Raikkonen assumed 4th in the order, with the Finn appearing far more comfortable today than he did at this point on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton – who took 5th in his Mercedes works machine – secured the fastest middle section by a long way on his final lap – an example of what the silver car still had in store.

There was little else of interest in the session. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) quietly ran to 6th, while Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Jenson Button (McLaren), Felipe Massa (Williams) and Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) filled out the top ten.
Reigning world champions Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) could do better than 13th, as he fights to make up for losing yesterday’s second practice session. The German has reverted to the engine used in Hungary.

2014 Belgian Grand Prix (Rd 12, Free Practice 3)
Pos Driver               Team                Time / Gap
 1. Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Mercedes     1:49.465
 2. Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault      1:49.733
 3. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1:49.739
 4. Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari               1:49.817
 5. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1:49.817
 6. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1:49.890
 7. Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault    1:49.893
 8. Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1:50.203
 9. Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes     1:50.423
10. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault    1:50.535
11. Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes  1:50.592
12. Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes      1:50.748
13. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1:50.814
14. Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes  1:50.866
15. Adrian Sutil         Sauber-Ferrari        1:50.962
16. Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1:51.509
17. Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault         1:51.610
18. Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1:51.898
19. Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari      1:52.457
20. Max Chilton          Marussia-Ferrari      1:52.984
21. Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault      1:54.294
22. André Lotterer       Caterham-Renault      1:55.008

“Vandoorne takes first GP2 pole”

Vandoorne on pole in Spa. © Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.

Vandoorne on pole in Spa. © Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.

Stoffel Vandoorne took his first GP2 Series pole position at Spa-Francorchamps today.

On relatively cool afternoon, the Belgian pipped championship leader Jolyon Palmer by just 0.016s in the last moments.

It could be a significant pole in the championship, for Vandoorne’s flyer denied Palmer the four points that the top man receives.

The session marks further progress by the ART Grand Prix, who have at times endured a topsy-turvy season.

Mitch Evans took 3rd with a late run in his RUSSIAN TIME entry, while rookie driver Raffaele Marciello qualified alongside in his Racing Engineering machine.

Johnny Cecotto Jr leads the third row with Carlin’s Julian Leal assuming 6th spot; however Nathanaël Berthon surprised by placing his Venezuela GP Lazarus car in 7th.

Palmer’s championship challenger, Felipe Nasr, qualified a disappointing 11th, leaving him much to do come Saturday afternoon.
Artem Markelov finished 25th, but was penalised for blocking during the session – he will start from the pitlane. Takuya Izawa could not complete a competitive lap, but has been allowed to start from 25th spot.

2014 2014 GP2 Series of Belgium (Rd 8, Qualifying)
Pos Driver               Team                 Time       Gap      Laps
 1. Stoffel Vandoorne    ART                  1m56.839s            10 
 2. Jolyon Palmer        DAMS                 1m56.857s  +0.018s    8 
 3. Mitch Evans          Russian Time         1m57.057s  +0.218s   11 
 4. Raffaele Marciello   Racing Engineering   1m57.237s  +0.398s   13 
 5. Johnny Cecotto Jr    Trident              1m57.244s  +0.405s   12 
 6. Julian Leal          Carlin               1m57.271s  +0.432s   13 
 7. Nathanael Berthon    Lazarus              1m57.272s  +0.433s   12 
 8. Simon Trummer        Rapax                1m57.284s  +0.445s   10 
 9. Marco Sorensen       MP                   1m57.389s  +0.550s   11 
10. Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                 1m57.448s  +0.609s   10 
11. Felipe Nasr          Carlin               1m57.475s  +0.636s   11 
12. Arthur Pic           Campos               1m57.516s  +0.677s   10 
13. Daniel de Jong       MP                   1m57.706s  +0.867s   11 
14. Tom Dillmann         Caterham             1m57.770s  +0.931s   11 
15. Conor Daly           Lazarus              1m57.788s  +0.949s   12 
16. Stefano Coletti      Racing Engineering   1m57.844s  +1.005s   11 
17. Rene Binder          Arden                1m57.851s  +1.012s   12 
18. Daniel Abt           Hilmer               1m57.875s  +1.036s   13 
19. Rio Haryanto         Caterham             1m57.974s  +1.135s   12 
20. Andre Negrao         Arden                1m58.002s  +1.163s   12 
21. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Rapax                1m58.005s  +1.166s   12 
22. Kimiya Sato          Campos               1m58.185s  +1.346s   10 
23. Jon Lancaster        Hilmer               1m58.218s  +1.379s   13 
24. Sergio Canamasas     Trident              1m58.295s  +1.456s   12 
25. Artem Markelov       Russian Time         1m58.470s  +1.631s   10 
26. Takuya Izawa         ART                  2m40.364s  +43.525s   2

“GP3 Series: Zamparelli tops crash affected practice”

Dino Zamparelli headed the opening GP3 Series practice session at Spa-Francorchamps this evening.

The Briton led an ART Grand Prix 1-2-3, proving quicker than teammates Marvin Kirchhöfer and Alex Fontana.

The top spot was initially a contest between Zamparelli and Red Bull junior Alex Lynn; however the points leader Lynn was soon jumped in the timings by Kirchhöfer and Fontana.

Lynn would eventually take 4th ahead of Carlin teammate Emil Bernstorff, while Jenzer’s Matheo Tuscher rounded out the top-six.

Trident arrived at the session with a completely new line-up, consisting of Konstantin Tereschenko, John Bryant-Meisner and Luca Ghiotto.
Tereschenko did cause some notoriety on his GP3 debut when he crashed spectacularly at the Bus Stop chicane. The Russian lost control of his Trident machine on the approach into the final corner, sending him toward the crash before clumping the kerb which pitched the 20-year-old into a violent series of barrel-rolls and then a final collision with the tyre barrier.
Despite a brief fire when the oil line split, Tereschenko emerged from the wreck with no injuries.

There was also red flags for offs for Santiago Urrutia and Ryan Cullen, the latter of which ended the session prematurely.

2014 GP3 Series of Round of Belgium (Rd 6, Free Practice)
Pos  Driver                  Team      Time       Gap      
 1.  Dino Zamparelli         ART       2m07.021s           
 2.  Marvin Kirchhofer       ART       2m07.372s  +0.351s  
 3.  Alex Fontana            ART       2m07.392s  +0.371s  
 4.  Alex Lynn               Carlin    2m07.437s  +0.416s  
 5.  Emil Bernstorff         Carlin    2m07.696s  +0.675s  
 6.  Matheo Tuscher          Jenzer    2m08.035s  +1.014s  
 7.  Nick Yelloly            Status    2m08.232s  +1.211s  
 8.  Jimmy Eriksson          Koiranen  2m08.271s  +1.250s  
 9.  Richie Stanaway         Status    2m08.341s  +1.320s  
10.  Patrick Kujala          Marussia  2m08.374s  +1.353s  
11.  Pal Varhaug             Jenzer    2m08.495s  +1.474s  
12.  Riccardo Agostini       Hilmer    2m08.648s  +1.627s  
13.  Luca Ghiotto            Trident   2m08.674s  +1.653s  
14.  Luis sa Silva           Carlin    2m08.791s  +1.770s  
15.  Santiago Urrutia        Koiranen  2m08.826s  +1.805s  
16.  Nelson Mason            Hilmer    2m08.861s  +1.840s  
17.  Jann Mardenborough      Arden     2m08.918s  +1.897s  
18.  Patric Niederhauser     Arden     2m09.627s  +2.606s  
19.  Ryan Cullen             Marussia  2m09.843s  +2.822s  
20.  Kevin Ceccon            Jenzer    2m10.228s  +3.207s  
21.  John Bryan-Meisner      Trident   2m11.488s  +4.467s  
22.  Konstantin Tereschenko  Trident   2m12.027s  +5.006s  
23.  Alfonso Celis           Status    2m12.213s  +5.192s  
24.  Robert Visoiu           Arden     2m12.241s  +5.220s  
25.  Sebastian Balthasar     Hilmer    2m12.754s  +5.733s  
26.  Carmen Jorda            Koiranen  2m14.456s  +7.435s  
27.  Dean Stoneman           Marussia  2m18.487s  +11.466s

“F1: Hamilton leads second practice”

Lewis Hamilton topped the second free practice session at Spa-Francorchamps this afternoon.

In a reversal from this morning’s run, the Briton leads Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, posting a fastest time six-tenths quicker than his German counterpart.

It was not all plain sailing for Hamilton. In the final thirty minutes of the session, the 2008 World Champion complained “something weird happened in the gearbox into the last corner”; however he would continue with no issues.

Hamilton’s quickest – 1:49.189s – ensured that Rosberg was comfortably outpaced over single-lap pace and it appeared at this stage as if Hamilton may also have the nod over the longer stint on the Prime Pirelli tyres.

Fernando Alonso took 3rd in his Ferrari, proving four-tenths faster than Williams’ Felipe Massa. The Brazilian’s teammate took 6th, with the Williams cars sandwiching McLaren’s Jenson Button.

The session was red flagged twice. Firstly Pastor Maldonado managed a grand total of one-and-a-half laps when the Venezuelan crashed exiting The Corner With No Name. Esteban Gutierrez also caused a stoppage when he spun and stalled at Blanchimont.

Engine problems left over from the morning practice scuppered Sebastian Vettel’s session. The reigning world champion did not complete any laps in the second practice.

2014 Belgian Grand Prix (Rd 12, Free Practice 2)
Pos Driver               Team                Time / Gap
 1. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1:49.189
 2. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                +0.604
 3. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                 +0.741
 4. Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes       +1.138
 5. Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes        +1.470
 6. Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Mercedes       +1.488
 7. Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault      +1.536
 8. Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault        +1.788
 9. Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes        +1.885
10. Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes    +1.888
11. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault      +2.194
12. Adrian Sutil         Sauber-Ferrari          +2.261
13. Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes    +2.384
14. Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault           +3.007
15. Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari                 +3.045
16. Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari        +3.587
17. Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari          +4.766
18. Max Chilton          Marussia-Ferrari        +4.851
19. Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault        +4.861
20. André Lotterer       Caterham-Renault        +4.904
21. Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault        (no time)
22. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault     (no time)

“GP2 Series: Leal tops practice”

Carlin’s Julian Leal topped the GP2 Series free practice session this afternoon, ahead of Johnny Cecotto Jr and Raffaele Marciello.

The Colombian set a best time of 1:57.877 in his Mechachrome-Renault-powered Dallara to keep him two and four-tenths ahead of his rivals respectively.

Cecotto held the top spot at the halfway point, only Leal to better the experienced Trident man thereafter. As the clock ticked down, the session was delayed by red flags when Racing Engineering’s Stefano Coletti spun and ended in the middle of the road.

Venezuela GP Lazarus pairing Nathanaël Berthon and Conor Daly secured 4th and 5th; however the pairing have often dropped backward during qualifying. McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne took 6th with his ART Grand Prix machine. Championship leader Jolyon Palmer set the initial pace; however he fell down the order as the session progressed.

The session was delayed by red flags toward its conclusion when Racing Engineering’s Stefano Coletti spun and ended in the middle of the road.

2014 GP2 Series (Rd 7, Free practice, Spa-Francorchamps)
Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Julian Leal          Carlin              1m57.877s
 2.  Johnny Cecotto Jr    Trident             1m58.030s  +0.153s
 3.  Raffaele Marciello   Racing Engineering  1m58.265s  +0.388s
 4.  Nathanael Berthon    Lazarus             1m58.291s  +0.414s
 5.  Conor Daly           Lazarus             1m58.302s  +0.425s
 6.  Stoffel Vandoorne    ART                 1m58.339s  +0.462s
 7.  Sergio Canamasas     Trident             1m58.370s  +0.493s
 8.  Stefano Coletti      Racing Engineering  1m58.374s  +0.497s
 9.  Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                1m58.399s  +0.522s
10.  Mitch Evans          Russian Time        1m58.439s  +0.562s
11.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Rapax               1m58.454s  +0.577s
12.  Jolyon Palmer        DAMS                1m58.462s  +0.585s
13.  Marco Sorensen       MP                  1m58.487s  +0.610s
14.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m58.658s  +0.781s
15.  Simon Trummer        Rapax               1m58.787s  +0.910s
16.  Rio Haryanto         Caterham            1m58.800s  +0.923s
17.  Takuya Izawa         ART                 1m58.889s  +1.012s
18.  Tom Dillmann         Caterham            1m58.923s  +1.046s
19.  Daniel Abt           Hilmer              1m58.943s  +1.066s
20.  Arthur Pic           Campos              1m59.020s  +1.143s
21.  Rene Binder          Arden               1m59.167s  +1.290s
22.  Jon Lancaster        Hilmer              1m59.179s  +1.302s
23.  Daniel de Jong       MP                  1m59.311s  +1.434s
24.  Andre Negrao         Arden               1m59.463s  +1.586s
25.  Artem Markelov       Russian Time        1m59.531s  +1.654s
26.  Kimiya Sato          Campos              1m59.564s  +1.687s

“HYPE”

“Life’s a bitch, eh,” opens a wry and deep Dutch voice. That is one of the markers about Robin Frijns – he is, to say the least, frank.

In the reddish-brown couches in the Caterham motorhome, the Dutch racer exhales deeply.

He has not enjoyed the busiest of times in 2014. Indeed, the life of a reserve driver role at any Formula One squad is rarely filled by seat time and even then the possibility of a drive is slim – just ask Davide Valsecchi.

The drafting of the talented André Lotterer to replace Kamui Kobayashi this weekend has merely drilled that aspect of F1 home. “Formula One is a strange animal,” he continues.

There has been plenty of hype around Frijns in recent seasons. His Formula Renault 3.5 title battle with Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird in 2012 was an epic one, that ended in brutally controversial fashion.

On that day, Frijns was the victor, but at the moment the 23-year-old rests in limbo – a reserve driver for a team less than likely to utilise his talents. “Waiting, it’s the story of my life. Just waiting for an opportunity.”
Bianchi, meanwhile, went straight into a Formula One drive with Marussia, while Bird lingered in GP2 for another season, before departing to the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Lotterer, a well respected driver with three Le Mans 24 Hour victories and former WEC champion, may be bringing some small sponsorship via the HYPE energy drink, but for Frijns it matters little.

Today is just another day where the young man just waits. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what’s in it,” he notes. The sentiment is obvious, even if the quote is slightly off. “I’m off for some action in the garage,” and with another deep breath, Frijns is up and gone.

Sometimes life can be strange. Formula One moreso.

“F1: Rosberg tops opening session”

Nico Rosberg headed Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton come the end of the first practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

Rosberg’s quickest – a 1:51.577s – came just under one hour into the session, piping Hamilton’s best by 0.097s which had been set only moments earlier.

Beyond a single brief off at the final chicane at the half hour mark, it had been a reasonably quiet session for Rosberg, as he settles back into the groove following the four-week break.

There was some more excitement for Hamilton, who – like Rosberg – had an off at the final chicane, but more significantly, came close to losing the car through Eau Rouge; however the skilled Briton held his machine.

Fernando Alonso ended the session 3rd fastest and initially traded quickest times with Rosberg during the opening thirty minutes, before the Mercedes man set recorded a lap at 1:51.724s, taking him beyond the Ferrari’s means. Alonso’s fastest run of 1:51.805 gave the Spaniard an advantage of six-tenths over next man Jenson Button (McLaren).

Button was alone in 4th – four-tenths clear of Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), although the former World Champion suffered a brief issue with his DRS, when it locked open. Raikkonen endured a tough time with his Ferrari as he continues to struggle with the feel of the F14T machine. The Finn also spun at La Source.

Next up was Sergio Perez (6th, Force India), while Kevin Magnussen (McLaren), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) ran the Mexican close. Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top ten for Williams.

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull, 11th) lost a significant amount of time due to burnt exhaust, while at the Red Bull junior team – Toro Rosso – Daniil Kvyat (12th) suffered from braking issues.
Both Lotus’s of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado suffered poor rear tyre wear. At Sauber, Giedo van de Garde was complaining of a loss of power, limiting his run.

What will now be Alexander Rossi’s only session this weekend saw him end the morning 1.4s shy of teammate Jules Bianchi.
Caterham new boy André Lotterer outpaced teammate Marcus Ericsson during their first session together. The German WEC and Super Formula racer registered a lap one-tenth quicker than the Swedish rookie, although as ever in Free Practice One, it is unknown what programmes were being run in relation to each other.

“F1: Chilton returns to Marussia seat”

Chilton returns to F1 seat. © Marrusia F1 Team.

Chilton returns to F1 seat. © Marrusia F1 Team.

Max Chilton has retained his Marussia F1 drive, less than one day after he “volunteered to step aside.”

According to Chris Medland from motorsport website crash.net, the 23-year-old will now retake his position with the Anglo-Russian team from Free Practice 2 after being replaced by Alexander Rossi yesterday.

See also:
“Chilton returns after Marussia u-turn” (crash.net; August 22nd, 2014)

Chilton had initially been dropped by the team due to “contractual issues”, a point later disputed by Chilton’s press group, The Sports PR Company.

See also:
“F1: Rossi replaces Chilton at Marussia”

The development adds another layer of confusion to the Marussia story, which began when Rossi was signed as development as reserve driver prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

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