GP2 and 3 qualifying

It’s not been a good weekend for Addax driver Giedo van der Garde. Qualifying 20th after he failed to get in a single clean lap, he and his trainer were robbed last night. Not a good way for the man currently second in GP2 to start the weekend.
The close battle for second is hotting up, and the front row is taken up by Charles Pic (VDG’s teammate and fourth in the championship) and Luca Filippi (fifth). Luca has been second for the last four races, and this has resulted in two wins and three fastest laps. Third-placed Jules Bianchi only managed to qualify nineteenth.
It was a better session for Carlin, as both their drivers made it into the top ten. Fabio Leimer starts third which is an improvement after a tough season for the Swiss. After Parente in fourth, champion Grosjean is fifth followed by the Racing Engineering drivers of Clos and Vietoris. Adam Carroll and Sam Bird start eighth and ninth respectively.
Yellow flags prevented anyone from setting a hot lap at the end of the session, but the nature of Monza should make overtaking fairly easy. With less than a second between pole and 20th, the field is as close as GP3. It should be – as ever – a cracking race this afternoon.

GP3 now, and Vittorio Ghirelli returns, albeit at Addax in place of Dean Smith who’s been struggling in the second half of the season. At Jenzer, his old seat has been taken by Christophe Hurni, a 48-year-old who is probably the oldest driver to take to the track at Monza this weekend! It’s possible that one of the Porsche drivers may be older of course.
Fifth-placed Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took pole for Manor Motorsport, while Silverstone winner Nico Muller is second. Adrian’s teammate Rio Haryanto is third, with Mitch Evans fourth. Championship leader Valtteri Bottas starts fifth with teammate James Calado in sixth. Arden’s Simon Trummer is seventh, next to Christensen. Tamas Pal Kiss and Tom Dillman make up row five. Alex Sims starts 11th and Nigel Melker 13th.
Free practice gave Lewis Williamson a ten-place grid penalty for putting himself and Quaife-Hobbs off the road, while Daniel Mancinelli was demoted three places for impeding AQH earlier in the same lap. They will start from almost the back of the grid.

Qualifyings

Sorry for the silence on practice and qualifying. I have been very busy recently.

F1
Webber takes pole! They only managed to get one dry run in Q3, but it was enough for the Aussie to go quicker. And Heikki Kovalainen made it to Q2 after the rain prevented the other teams from getting in a better lap. Daniel Ricciardo qualified – as expected – in 24th place, while Timo Glock outqualified Jarno Trulli struggling this weekend in his Lotus.
McLaren are having real trouble. Hamilton is only 10th on the grid tomorrow while Di Resta made it into 6th next to Button in 5th. The Ferraris share row 2.

GP2
A wet qualifying messed things up, with all the frontrunners in the middle of the field. Dangerous for accidents. But unlucky Bianchi got in a hot lap before the rain came down and takes pole. Grosjean starts 13th after qualifying 3rd because of his penalty after causing an accident in Valencia.

GP3
This morning pole was taken by Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, with James Calado alongside him after a penalty was revoked. Lewis Williamson and Mitch Evans take row 2 for Arden, and hopefully will do well to seal a great day for their boss Mark Webber. Nigel Melker starts 16th after his penalty.

The races are up next. Let’s see what happens…

GP3 Qualifying Quotes – Turkey 2011

GP3 qualifying came between 7:45 and 8:15 this morning. After a slow start, Carlin’s Tom Dillmann made it to pole. He was followed by Alexander Sims (Status) and Lewis Williamson (Arden). A third Brit in the form of James Calado was also in the top 10. However, it was so close between all the drivers: 0.02s between Dillmann and Sims, and 1s covered the top 25 drivers.
As with GP2, here are some quotes from drivers and teams (I only use driver accounts that they update themselves):

Pole position baby!!! Yeeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhh
@TomDillmann (Tom Dillmann, Carlin, P1)

2nd in qualifying but messed up Turn 10 by going on the astro at the exit. A solid session overall though and looking forward to the race!
@simsracing (Alex Sims, Status, P2)

Quite a poor qualy, P11, made a few mistakes and with 27cars in 1second you pay hard for these little mistakes, let’s have a good race now!!
@a_felixcosta13 (Antonio Felix da Costa, Status, P11)

First new tyre run in GP3. Have qualified p18 but on 7 tenths from pole. So close but learning everytime in the car. Race 1, 5.10pm!
@domstoreyracing (Dominic Storey, Addax, P18)

8 tenths off in quali, which isn’t too bad for my first proper dry run, but I am p21! I’m having fun and learning something new every lap.
@LucianoBacheta (Luciano Bacheta, Mucke, P21)

Not a great #GP3 qualifying, lovely weather but we didn’t seem to get a rhythm 😦 Rio 13 Adrian 16 Matias 25 but I think he had a problem
@MarussiaVirgin (Manor Racing, P13 & P16 & P25)

Turkish Weekend Timetable

The first rounds of the 2011 GP2 and GP3 series begin on Friday, supporting the fourth race of the 2011 Formula One season. The event timetable is very confusing, especially because the GP2 website has the wrong times on it! GP Update, however, has a correct timetable, but each series is separate in the list. Here’s what’s going on each day:

Friday

Time

BST

Series

Session

Length

8:45

6:45

GP3

Practice 1

30 mins

10:00

8:00

F1

Practice 1

90 mins

11:55

09:55

GP2

Practice

30 mins

14:00

12:00

F1

Practice 2

90 mins

15:55

13:55

GP2

Qualifying

30 mins

16:50

14:50

GP3

Practice 3

30 mins

Saturday

Time

BST

Series

Session

Length

9:45

7:45

GP3

Qualifying

30 mins

11:00

9:00

F1

Practice 3

60 mins

14:00

12:00

F1

Qualifying

60 mins

15:40

13:40

GP2

Race 1

32 laps

17:20

15:20

GP3

Race 1

15 laps

Sunday

Time

BST

Series

Session

Length

10:25

8:25

GP3

Race 2

15 laps

11:35

9:35

GP2

Race 2

23 laps

15:00

13:00

F1

Race

58 laps

Corrections made based on @Feeder_series (GP2 official Twitter account) and GP3 website.