Big changes at Spa and the Red Bull Ring

Renault have announced today that what Eddie Jordan said about Bruno Senna replacing Nick Heidfeld for the remainder of the season is at least partly-true. The Brazilian driver will be taking Quick Nick’s place at Spa – a track he has experience of in the car from a World Series by Renault demo earlier in the year. Check out his video here.

In the other series who return this weekend, there are changes in GP3 and Formula Two. In GP3, ART have dropped Brazilian Pedro Nunes for German F3 leader Richie Stanaway, Jenzer have replaced Vittorio Ghirelli with Alex Fontana, and Mucke Motorsport have dropped Luciano Bacheta for Daniel Mancinelli.
Italian driver Mancinelli is currently competing in Italian F3, though since winning the first race he has struggled. Last season he came fourth in the series. Kiwi Stanaway has won all but three German F3 races this season and taken a lot of pole positions too. Swiss Alex Fontana currently leads the European F3 Open.

In F2, Jose Luis Abadin is unable to take part at the Red Bull Ring but will return to Monza. Luciano Bacheta will make his F2 debut at the ring as will Austrian driver Rene Binder. Binder will be in the 25 car and Bacheta in the 26 car.
Rene Binder is also taking part in German F3. He is currently 8th in the series having taken a podium in the second race. Luciano Bacheta picked up his only GP3 points this season at Silverstone after some good tyre strategy.

In GP2, the lineup from Hungary will be retained, with Filippi driving for Coloni and Aleshin for Carlin.

Summer day 3 – Pedro Nunes and Matias Laine

Pedro Nunes – 29
Brazilian Pedro has been struggling for ART this season, but his form seems to have improved at the Hungaroring. He managed his best qualifying ever in 10th there, and he also managed his best race finish, coming 14th in the sprint after a penalty for Tom Dillmann.

Best qualifying: 10
Worst qualifing: 25
Best finish: 14 (Hungaroring sprint)
Worst finish: 26 (Istanbul sprint)
Retirements: 4 (1 classified)

Matias Laine – 28
Finn Matias drives for Marussia Manor Racing, who have managed to score three wins this year. Laine has not been doing quite as well as Haryanto or Quaife-Hobbs, however, nor his fellow Finns Bottas and Vainio. A rookie in GP3, hopefully he will quickly improve and find his way up the table next season.

Best qualifying: 13
Worst qualifing: 25
Best finish: 14 (Nurburgring and Hungaroring features)
Worst finish: 24 (Barcelona sprint)
Retirements: 4