09.05.2010: Mark Webber might have taken a stellar pole position for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix, but the Australian’s new motorsport team – MW Arden – had a painful baptism at the Circuit de Catalunya this afternoon.
Despite a barrage of problems, however, ther
Mark Webber might have taken a stellar pole position for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix, but the Australian’s new motorsport team – MW Arden – had a painful baptism at the Circuit de Catalunya this afternoon.
Despite a barrage of problems, however, there were flickers of promise – not least the race pace of Miki Monras, who charged from 17th place to 10th and set fastest lap in the process. The Spaniard started the weekend in great discomfort – it transpired that he was driving with a dislocated rib – but once that had been resolved he was able to show his true potential.
Team-mate Leonardo Cordeiro had a fairly trouble-free run to 18th – a stark contrast to the problems that befell Michael Christensen. The highly rated Dane suffered a failed clutch paddle in Friday’s free practice session and then accidentally hit the pit speed limiter button on what should have been his quickest qualifying lap this morning.
Instead of a likely top-six grid slot, he tumbled to 16th... and then compounded his misfortune by stalling at the start. Any hopes of a spirited recovery were dashed within a couple of laps, however, when his engine suddenly cut and he was forced to retire.
“The wet-dry qualifying conditions made it difficult to get the most from the car – it was a bit of a lottery and I was one of the first drivers to take the chequered flag, so quite a few of those following were able to better their times as conditions improved.
“I’m pleased with the way the race went, though. The car felt competitive, which is the most important thing, and I’m pleased to have scored a point for fastest lap. I made a good start, but then lost a couple of places because I had to back off to avoid an accident just ahead.
The first corner was chaotic, but I came through OK and had a good fight with James Jakes. In the end there was no way through, but I’m encouraged by my performance and the goal for tomorrow is to secure a top-five finish.”
“The car felt good in free practice, but I hit traffic on what should have been my quickest lap so I don’t believe I showed my full potential. I was confident that I could qualify well, but the session turned out to be completely crazy – there was simply no grip at all and the set-up did not feel too good in the first part of the session. We made a few changes and that improved things, but by the time I came back out there was only time to do three laps – and I made a small mistake on the first of those, which slightly affected my confidence. In reality, though, there just wasn’t enough time to put together a good lap.
“I was happy with my race. I learned a lot – and that’s important, because it is the first time I have competed in Europe. Everything is very different for me and I have to acclimatise to the aggressive tactics everybody uses over here! If you’re not aggressive at the start, you won’t get anywhere – although people were probably being too aggressive, because there were cars flying all over the road in front of me on the way to Turn One.
“I managed to get up to 15th, but then lost a couple of places and after that it was a question of consolidation. I made a bit of progress, but I was probably being a bit cautious with accidents going on all around me. I don’t think I did too badly for my first race, but I will try to push a bit harder tomorrow.”
“I have endured a catalogue of problems this weekend. The clutch began slipping in free practice – and I lost more than half the session trying to sort it out. The car seemed to work well after that and I set some competitive times in the few laps available.
“The changeable track conditions made qualifying difficult – and I don’t think I had the best set-up for my first run. We altered the car, though, which improved things. Times were coming down consistently and the circuit was fastest right at the end, but I accidentally activated the speed limiter at the hairpin, which cost me at least one second... and a place in the top 10.
“My race began badly when I stalled on the grid. We managed to get the car restarted in the pits, but the engine then cut on the main straight and we’re not sure why. So that was that, a short race.
“I know we have the speed, but circumstance has masked that so far this weekend. I’ll be starting 26th tomorrow, so I’m not expecting a great result but it will be important to finish to get some data.”
GP3 SERIES BARCELONA
1 23 Pal VARHAUG Jenzer Motorsport2 4 Robert WICKENS Status Grand Prix3 2 Esteban GUTIERREZ Art Grand Prix4 15 Dean SMITH Carlin5 28 Jean-Eric VERGNE Tech 1 Racing6 24 Simon TRUMMER Jenzer Motorsport7 weiter >>
Jenzer Motorsport driver Pal Varhaug pulled away from the rest of the field at Circuit de Catalunya to take a historic victory in the first ever GP3 Series race.
Young Pal Varhaug started his GP3 Series season with a bang today in Barcelona fo weiter >>
GP3 Series: Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the first ever press conference of the GP3 Series. Joining us today is our first pole man ever in GP3, Nigel Melker from RSC Mucke, Pal Varhaug from Jenzer, and third placed man Robert Wickens from Status.
– Nigel Melker Schnellster im Qualifying Das Team RSC Mücke Motorsport aus Berlin hat am Samstagmorgen (8. Mai) die erste Pole-Position für das Premieren-Rennen der neuen GP3 Series am Samstagabend in Barcelona geholt, das im Rahmenprogramm des Formel-1-Grand-Prix von Spanien stattfindet. Der Niederländer Nigel Melker setzte si weiter >>
– Peter Mücke: „Für den ersten Auftritt nicht schlecht“ Mit einer beeindruckenden Vorstellung ist Team RSC Mücke Motorsport aus Berlin am Freitagabend (7. Mai) in die GP3 Series gestartet. Beim ersten freien Training der neuen Rennserie in Barcelona belegte der Rennstall aus der deutschen Hauptstadt mit seinen beiden niederländi weiter >>
1 11 Renger Van der Zande RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:38.664 142 10 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:38.867 153 2 Esteban Gutierrez ART Grand Prix 1:38.918 144 4 Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix 1:38.974 135 7 James Jakes weiter >>
The GP3 Series was officially underway in Barcelona this afternoon with the first 30 minute practice session of the 2010 inaugural season.Dutch driver Renger van der Zande put his early stamp on the Series by dominating almost from beginning to end i weiter >>
– Peter Mücke: „Wir sind sehr gespannt und zuversichtlich“ Wenn am Freitagabend (7. Mai) in Barcelona das erste Training auf dem Programm steht, dann schreiben der Rennstall RSC Mücke Motorsport aus Berlin und weitere neun Teams Motorsport-Geschichte. Denn von Freitag bis Sonntag (9. Mai) steht die erste Runde der neuen GP3 Series i weiter >>
The Italian tyre company returns to single-seater racing for the first time since 1991 at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, while it submits a tender to supply Formula One from next season. Pirelli w weiter >>
British racer Adrian Quaife-Hobbs will contest the new GP3 series with Manor GP3. The 19 year-old raced to fifth place in the F3 Euroseries two weeks ago but feels that the opportunity to join the Virgin Racing junior team offers a better long-term opportunity as he seeks to progress up the motorsport ladder.“I’m really looking forward to my first taste of GP3 next week. weiter >>
The long attended first race of the 2010 season is very near…finally the racing starts again!This weekend, on the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, the Formula One starts its “European season” and at the same time, the Gp3 Series has its first ever show-down. I can’t wait to finally get to this year’s first race! I’m very motiva weiter >>
GP3 SERIES JENZER MOTORSPORTS TEAM driver - 3rd official test in Barcelona (E), 13th/14th of April
On the same track where also the first race will take place, the 30 Gp3 drivers from all over the world tried once again to push their cars to the limit and to find the perfect setup. On one of my favorite tracks I could prove my talent once more. Being weiter >>
GP3 SERIES– Renger van der Zande in den Top Drei – Peter Mücke: „Wir sind gut gerüstet“ Erfolg versprechend für das Team RSC Mücke Motorsport aus Berlin sind die beiden letzten offiziellen Testtage der neuen GP3 Series am Dienstag und Mittwoch (13./14. April) in Barcelona verlaufen. Zum weiter >>
GP 3 TEST MONTMELO 13-14.04.10The new GP3 class finished its pre-season, yesterday and today, over four free practice sessions at the Catalunya circuit of Montmelo. The Spanish Addax Team has taken part in the tests, with both of its official drivers Pablo Sánchez López and Mirko Bortolotti competing, together with Brazilian driver Felipe Guimaraes. weiter >>
The chequered flag has dropped on the final pre-season test at Barcelona, and in a last minute push MW Arden has snatched the top spot from ART Grand Prix.So far the test at Circuit de Catalunya has been dominated by ART’s Esteban Gutierrez, but the final session threw up a few changes at the top. Danish driver Michael Christensen posted the quickest time of t weiter >>
GP3 Series Circuit de Catalunya 1 2 Esteban Gutierrez ART GRAND PRIX 1.37.480 432 21 Miki Monras MWARDEN 1.37.928 323 4 Robert Wickens STATUS GRAND PRIX 1.37.933 354 11 Renger Van Der Zande RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 1.38.008 405 15 Dean Smith CARLIN 1.38.016 416 20 Michael Christensen MWARDEN 1.38.076 457 19 Mirko Bor weiter >>
The three-hour test session at Circuit de Catalunya offered a few surprises – and a few more red flags – for the GP3 paddock this afternoon.Despite ART keeping a firm grip on the coveted top spot, a few other drivers successfully added themselves to the mix, but with 30 young drivers testing their limits we saw more interruptions during the dry ses weiter >>
After a successful first day where I found myself mostly in the top-ten and finished the day on P10, some small normal “new-car-problems” prevented me of confirming myself on day two. Overall, Jenzer Motorsport and me, weiter >>
After two days of official practice at the Paul Ricard circuit, the GP3 Addax Team can feel very satisfied with the excellent results obtained. All three drivers finished in the top ten in the final session, with Felipe Guimares posting the fourth quickest lap time, Mirko Bortolotti was sixth and Pablo Sánchez ninth. The sunny but windy weather over the two days meant that th weiter >>
GP3 Series Paul Ricard HTTT1 Alexander Rossi ART GRAND PRIX 1:20.784 132 Esteban Gutierrez ART GRAND PRIX 1:20.873 203 Robert Wickens STATUS GP 1:20.873 294 Felipe Guimaraes ADDAX TEAM 1:20.921 335 Renger Van Der Zande RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 1:20.929 176 Mirko Bortolotti ADDAX TEAM 1:21.009 347 James Jakes MANOR RACING 1:21.032 29 weiter >>
ART’s Alexander Rossi was back on top in the concluding session of the second official GP3 Series test today.After an impressive performance in the qualifying shootout earlier today, the American driver was no doubt eager to climb back to the top of the testing times, and despite constant pressure from his teammate he did just that. Alexander posted his best t weiter >>
26 drivers took part in a qualifying shootout around noon today in Le Castellet to decide race number allocation for the season. The 30 minute session took place on a 3D configuration track between 11:45 and 12:15 local time. Final classification was decided by the fastest lap set out of the three drivers from each team.After a closely fought session it was Alexander Rossi who weiter >>
GP3 SERIESERATUM -Full results from day two morning session:1 Nigel Melker RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 1.20.210 142 Alexander Rossi ART GRAND PRIX 1.20.320 253 James Jakes MANOR RACING 1.20.472 214 Esteban Gutierrez ART GRAND PRX 1.20.495 295 Felipe Guimaraes ADDAX TEAM 1.20.546 206 Miki Monras MW ARDEN 1.20.634 257 Robert Wickens weiter >>
GP3 Series Paul Ricard HTTT TestFull results from the morning session:1 Nigel Melker RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 1.20.210 142 Alexander Rossi ART GRAND PRIX 1.20.210 253 James Jakes MANOR RACING 1.20.210 214 Esteban Gutierrez ART GRAND PRIX 1.20.210 295 Felipe Guimaraes ADDAX TEAM 1.20.210 206 Miki Monras MW ARDEN 1.20.210 25 weiter >>
A new day bought us a new quickest driver in GP3 this morning.After his impressive showing during yesterday afternoon’s session, Nicolas Melker of RSC Mucke Motorsport continued his good form and took top honours for the first time at Circuit Paul Ricard this morning. The young Dutch driver set a time of 1:20.210 and was closely followed by ART’s Alexand weiter >>
As the afternoon session of the second official GP3 Series test concluded, ART Grand Prix continued to impress by topping the time sheets once again at Circuit Paul Ricard.There were just two red flags all session, and the French team ART Grand Prix dominated throughout the afternoon with Esteban Gutierrez claiming the coveted top spot after posting a time of weiter >>
The GP3 Series was back on track today for the start of the second official pre-season test in Le Castellet.Temperatures were low at just 9°C this morning as the second official GP3 Series collective opened at Paul Ricard in the South of France, but fortunately the session stayed dry and all 29 young drivers were able to take to the track within the first hour. weiter >>
– Peter Mücke: „Tobias ist ein erfahrener Pilot mit guten Podestchancen“ Der Fahrerkader des Teams RSC Mücke Motorsport aus Berlin für die Anfang Mai startende neue GP3 Series ist komplett. Wie Teamchef Peter Mücke am Mittwoch (24. März) mitteilte, hat er Tobias Hegewald (20) aus Waldbreitbach (Rheinland-Pfalz) unter Vertra weiter >>
GP3 SERIES 2010 SEASON.
Italian driver Mirko Bortolotti, recently incorporated in the “Ferrari Driver Academy”, will drive for the Addax Team in the new GP3 Series. After both parties had reached a satisfactory agreement, the team i weiter >>
ADDAX TEAM EN LOS PRIMEROS TEST OFICIALES DE LA NUEVA GP3. En el circuito de Paul Ricard, han tenido lugar los primeros test oficiales de la categoría de GP3 en la que Addax Team, ha participado exitosamente en ambas jornadas con los pilotos Pablo Sánchez, Mirko Bortolotti y Oliver Oakes. El equipo español  weiter >>
– Renger van der Zande Fahrerkollege von Nigel Melker beim Berliner Rennstall 2010 in der GP3 Series Das Team RSC Mücke Motorsport aus Berlin hat für die Premieren-Saison der GP3 Series einen zweiten Niederländer unter Vertrag genommen. Renger van der Zande (24) wird Fahrerkollege des Anfang Februar verpflichteten Nigel Melker (19).& weiter >>
MW Arden GP3 Team are delighted to announce that former European Karting Champion (2006) and Formula Renault Eurocup front runner Miki Monras will join the team for the inaugural GP3 Championship.The talented young Spanish driver (18) is stepping up into GP3 after a successful 2009 season competing in Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Renault WEC where he fi weiter >>
Addax Team have confirmed the signing of TELMEX driver Pablo Sánchez López for the inaugural GP3 Series 2010. As with the GP2, this new class will run alongside the Formula 1, racing on the same circuits and dates in weiter >>
GP3 series with RSC Mücke Motorsport! key for the 2010 season.
After weeks of preparation and a very busy winter schedule, Nigel and his Management are excited to announce that Nigel will compete in the brand new GP3 series for the 2010 season! He will be doin weiter >>
– Peter Mücke: „Hoffnungsvolles Talent mit gutem Speed“Der Niederländer Nigel Melker ist einer von drei Fahrern, mit denen das Team RSC Mücke Motorsport aus Berlin die Saison 2010 in der neuen GP3 Series bestreiten wird. Teamchef Peter Mücke gab am Mittwoch (3. Februar) den Vertragsabschluss mit dem 19-Jährigen weiter >>
– Am 18. Januar wird erstes Rennauto abgeholt – Peter Mücke: „Wir liegen voll im Zeitplan“
Viel Bewegung wie draußen beim Wetter, das hierzulande wahrlich kein Rennsportwetter ist, herrscht derzeit beim weiter >>
MW Arden GP3 Team are delighted to confirm that former European Karting Champion (2005) and vice World Karting Champion (2006), Michael Christensen will join the team for the inaugural GP3 Championship.The highly rated Dane (19) is stepping up to GP3 having achieved multiple race wins, pole positions and podiums in the Formula BMW Europe Championship whilst also fin weiter >>
– Ralf Schumacher will mit seinen Erfahrungen helfen – Auftakt Anfang Mai 2010 im Rahmen der Formel 1
Das Team Mücke Motorsport supported by Schlüter rückt in der Saison 2010 noch näher an die Formel 1 hera weiter >>
The Spanish Barwa Addax Team has been chosen as one of the 10 teams that will take part in the new GP3 Series class, and will compete alongside Formula 1 and GP2 Series for the next three seasons. Barwa Addax Team will be only Spanish team represented. The field also includes 3 British teams, 2 French and 1 representative from France, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany.Afte weiter >>
The Toulouse-based team Tech 1 Racing has been selected for the GP3 Series, a new single-seater formula, which will kick off in 2010. It is a stepping stone on the road to Formula1, and the GP3 Series will run the same weekends as the European F1 Grand PrixThe GP3 Series received over forty entries, and the organisers have finally selected ten teams, among them Tech 1 Racing. "It's weiter >>