I did not know Jules Bianchi. In acknowledging that, it is the case that I had met him on a few occasions, but at no stage did I ever know him – there is quite a difference. Over the years, there was plenty of stumbling along as I shadowed a few steps behind the young … Continue reading “I Did Not Know Jules Bianchi”
DAMS duo Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn headed days one and two of the first GP2 Series pre-season test in Abu Dhabi, with Status GP’s Richie Stanaway quickest on day three.
Stoffel Vandoorne and Jolyon Palmer - two of the most impressive junior formulae talents of 2014. As a pairing, they took the top two spots in the GP2 Series last year, with Palmer emerging as clear victor, yet as February turns and Formula One testing begins in earnest, both are, to a degree, on the outside looking in.
Following a season long battle with eventual GP2 Series champion Jolyon Palmer, in the end Felipe Nasr couldn’t hold onto the runner-up spot. In his stead, the super impressive and quick Stoffel Vandoorne piped the Brazilian at the last and considering the Belgian’s natural speed and rate of improvement during what was his first GP2 season, this was a deserved position
Stoffel Vandoorne took his fourth GP2 Series victory in superb style at the Yas Marina circuit today.
Koiranen GP’s Dean Stoneman took the first GP3 Series race at Abu Dhabi today, jumping to 2nd in the championship ahead of rival Marvin Kirchhöfer as a result.
If the heavy heat still bore down on the Hockenheim paddock, then at least delight and relief cleared the air. For Jann Mardenborough, this was all about the latter. His performances during this year’s Toyota Racing Series showed that he had the capacity to win, but taking that to a higher level like GP3 was always going to be tricky.
One does always need to be spectacular or stylish to be victorious. Sometimes success comes when partnered consistency. Roll stylish and consistent together and you will have a potent – and incredibly rare – mixture at your fingertips. Until Silverstone, GP3 Series points leader Alex Lynn had been the stylish one, taking two Race One victories, but not finishing either of the Race Two events. Jimmy Eriksson, meanwhile, had been passively consistent with three podiums and a 6th place finish.
If Carlin Motorsport’s Felipe Nasr is to really push for this year’s GP2 Series title, then consistency needs to run parallel to his more obvious speed. Admittedly on this occasion, there was precious little the Brazilian could do about the lost points on Saturday; however one cannot escape the fact that since series leader Jolyon Palmer’s last victory in Monaco in May, Nasr has only outscored the Briton by six points.
Rio Haryanto and Jon Lancaster claimed the top spots in the final two days of GP2 Series testing at Bahrain this week.
German Formula 3 champion Marvin Kirchhöfer has joined the ART Grand Prix team for the GP3 Series.
Anglo-Italian racer Dino Zamparelli was revealed as the second of ART Grand Prix’ three GP3 drivers yesterday.
Reigning FIA European Formula 3 champion Raffaele Marciello has finally been confirmed with leading GP2 squad Racing Engineering.
GP2 Series race winners Hilmer Motorsport are to become Force India’s junior development team from this season.
Rising Belgian star Stoffel Vandoorne has made a move to the GP2 Series with ART Grand Prix.
Leading GP3 Series squad Arden International have confirmed the first two drivers for the 2014 GP3 Series campaign.
Dino Zamparelli has been suspended from the second GP3 Series race this weekend, following an opening lap in yesterday’s opening race.
MW Arden racer Daniil Kvyat took a masterful pole position at Monza this morning – half-a-second clear of his nearest rival, Robert Visoiu.
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Vettel cruises to Belgian success; Bird and Calado take GP2 spoils in Spa; Kvyat and Sims take first GP3 victories”
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Rosberg triumphs at Monaco; Kanaan takes Indy; Dempsey grabs astonishing Lights victory”