Summer day 16 – Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen – 12
A rare Dane in motor racing, Michael Christensen has been having a reasonably good season. After a great first round at Istanbul, he had already achieved a podium by coming second in the sprint race. After that, his Barcelona results were a bit rubbish, and he had a terrible weekend at Valencia when he failed to finish either race. Since then he has retired twice, and not had fantastic results, but the feature race at the Hungaroring went in his favour as he finished second and took the fastest lap. The conditions in the sprint race went against him, however, and he finished 13th.

Points: 16
Best qualifying: 5
Worst qualifing: 29
Best finish: 2 (Istanbul sprint, Hungaroring feature)
Worst finish: 18 (Barcelona feature)
Retirements: 4 (1 classified)

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Tip: don’t speed under waved yellows

GP3 qualifying has begun badly for Dom Storey and Michael Christensen, and they aren’t even on the track yet! Dom Storey shares a similar fate to Jules Bianchi, having been given a 10-place grid penalty for speeding under waved yellows. Michael Christiensen receives two penalties for speeding in the pit lane, and starts from the back of the grid.

Jerome d’Ambrosio has joined Twitter. His username is @thereal_JDA, but despite this he has the same profile picture as @fakeDAmbrosio from fake f1. You should probably check out the fake f1 guys as well. @FakeFernando, @FakeVivian, @FakediRestaF1 and @FakkiKovalainen are probably a good place to start, or if you want to see everyone you can follow @fakeVivian/fakef1.
The FIA have announced that there will be two DRS zones in Canada and Valencia, following the use of single zones at every track so far. It appears that the technology to do so has only become available just before the last Grand Prix. There will only be a single detection zone, but two opportunities to overtake. It will be interesting to see how this works. If you overtake on the first zone, will you still be able to use your DRS on the second?

GP3 sees Christensen change teams

Danish driver Michael Christensen has left Arden and joined Mucke for 2011. He didn’t have any points last year and his best finish in a race was 10th, but he arrived in GP3 from a 4th-place finish in Formula BMW. He’ll be in car number 30. In winter testing, he set the third-best overall time at Silverstone, and was midfield at Barcelona.

There are still a large number of places to be filled in GP3. Addax have two slots, Carlin one, and Status one. They may go with the drivers who have been taking part in winter testing, or choose other drivers. Addax went with Thomas Hylkema (NED) at both tests, Daniel Morad (CAN) at Barcelona, Fernando Monje (ESP) and Simon Moss (RSA) at Silverstone. Carlin went with Kotaro Sakurai (JPN) at Silverstone and Leonardo Cordeiro (BRA) at Barcelona. Status ran Ivan Lukashevich (RUS) at both tests.