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#1 gio66

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 16:16

Some news from Nevers.

- Andy Soucek will stay at Super Nova, replacing Christian Bakkerud through the end of the season.

- BCN confirmed Carlos Iaconelli as a replacement for Milos Pavlovic for the rest of the season. The Brazilian comes from the first round of the 2008 Formula Masters, after running the 2007 World Series Renault with Pons. He'll pair Adrian Valles.

- Ben Hanley will be racing at Magny-Cours with Durango. The British driver will replace Davide Valsecchi, still recovering from the back injury resulting from his Istanbul crash. RDD (Renault Drivers Development) is still in talks with the Italian team, though the deal seems done. Valsecchi is expected to be back at Silverstone.

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#2 Francesc

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 16:40

I hope Valsecchi comes back at Silverstone, he was promising

#3 Dolph

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 18:35

Asmer will drive for FMS

#4 Haddock

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 19:18

So Senna versus Grosjean, ISport vs ART. Sounds oddly familiar. Pantano's in third and looking like he just might finally win a major single seater title this year. Filippi still failing to feature. Lucas Di Grassi further up the order than I expected but then Campos is a serious team these days. Maybe Renault figure they may as well keep their Junior driver options open as Piquet does not look the real deal any more.

Diego Nunes perhaps also worth a mention - 15th may be nothing to shout about but in a DPR machine its respectable. Hadn't really heard of him before he popped up in GP2 Asia, anyone know more?

Disappointed by Asmer's lack of pace - he'd looked really quick in British F3 but then I suppose the opposition wasn't up to much. Parente, too, is nowhere, after winning the opening round. Seems very hit and miss in terms of pace as a driver.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 21:27

Originally posted by Haddock
Diego Nunes perhaps also worth a mention - 15th may be nothing to shout about but in a DPR machine its respectable. Hadn't really heard of him before he popped up in GP2 Asia, anyone know more?


He was runner-up at Euro and Italian F3000 last year.

#6 peroa

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 21:53

Originally posted by Haddock
So Senna versus Grosjean, ISport vs ART. Sounds oddly familiar.


Now he just has to start to call him the French ...
:rotfl:

#7 Ferrim

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 21:59

Senna crashes to pole position

Bruno Senna took pole position in the most dramatic way possible this afternoon in Magny-Cours by crossing the line a fraction of a second before hitting the wall heavily after bouncing over the kerbs in the final complex, claiming the top spot fractionally ahead of Romain Grosjean and Giorgio Pantano.

http://gp2series.com...?articleid=1904




LOL :rotfl: Don't think uncle Ayrton was thinking this when he talked about finding the limit and going further... :lol:

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 22:54

Originally posted by Ferrim
Senna crashes to pole position

Bruno Senna took pole position in the most dramatic way possible this afternoon in Magny-Cours by crossing the line a fraction of a second before hitting the wall heavily after bouncing over the kerbs in the final complex, claiming the top spot fractionally ahead of Romain Grosjean and Giorgio Pantano.

http://gp2series.com...?articleid=1904




LOL :rotfl: Don't think uncle Ayrton was thinking this when he talked about finding the limit and going further... :lol:


In fact the Autosport article says Ayrton did grab a spinning pole in 1991, but I don't remmember and can't find any footage.

#9 molive

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 23:10

"...obviously that wasn't how I intended to do it! I had a good lap going and then had a bit of a wild entry into the chicane, I used a bit too much kerb on the left before entering it and I thought I could get away with it and I was carrying some good speed, but when I hit the kerb on the right I just lost the car and I completely lifted to try and save the car: there was no point on taking pole and crashing! But unfortunately I just couldn't really recover the car: I was sideways and just went into the wall. Fortunately I was quick enough for pole position but I prefer to do it the classic way, with four wheels attached the car next time!"

:up::up:

#10 pingu666

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 00:47

made me giggle :)

#11 JonC

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 02:34

The Ayrton tale is a bit of a myth; he firstly wasn't on pole in 1991 (he was 3rd) and from the season review video, the reason he spun wasn't anything to do with it being the quickest line, but the fact Olivier Grouillard had just dumped a load of oil on the track in the Fondmetal. But still an amusing coincidence! :)

#12 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 04:38

Im impressed he still took pole even with that spin, it wouldn't have given him any advantage.

#13 united

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 09:56

Hmm, this shunt is hugely reminiscent of famous Monaco-scandal, though obliviously no malevolent behaviour from Senna here. I reckon a couple of drivers were deprived of their ability to finish a timed lap?

#14 gio66

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 11:14

Originally posted by molive
"...obviously that wasn't how I intended to do it! I had a good lap going and then had a bit of a wild entry into the chicane, I used a bit too much kerb on the left before entering it and I thought I could get away with it and I was carrying some good speed, but when I hit the kerb on the right I just lost the car and I completely lifted to try and save the car: there was no point on taking pole and crashing! But unfortunately I just couldn't really recover the car: I was sideways and just went into the wall. Fortunately I was quick enough for pole position but I prefer to do it the classic way, with four wheels attached the car next time!"

:up::up:


I can add this sms that I received yesterday:

"Car will be good. There wasn't too much damage. Only rear corner and rear wing."

#15 Jackman

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 11:34

Yeah, he tried saying that yesterday. Which would have been more believable if we couldn't walk over and see what was left...

#16 peroa

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 13:12

Anyone with a livestream link?

#17 SchuOz

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 14:24

Here you go

http://www.justin.tv/bluespower

#18 peroa

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 14:29

What`s happening?

#19 santori

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 14:38

Grosjean leads from Pantano.
Senna was leading from Pantano but Grosjean was very fast during the pitstops and passed them. Senna then retired with a car problem. Di Grassi is third.

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#20 dutra

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 14:44

Grosjean passed only Pantano at the pitstop. He passed Senna on track but I think that only because Senna's problems.

Now Pantano is pushing Grosjean.

#21 santori

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 14:48

Yes. I meant during the pitstop period. I thought it was because of Senna not quite being up to speed after his stop but it might have been an early sign of his car problem.
Panatano is right behind Grosjean. Grosjean made a mistake but then Patano made a mistake trying to capitalise on the mistake (I think) so all even.

#22 santori

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 14:52

Grosjean has a problem, too. It looks like he's out.

#23 FredF1

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 15:12

Originally posted by santori
Grosjean has a problem, too. It looks like he's out.




Gearbox.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:33

Where can I watch the sprint race?

http://www.justin.tv/bluespower doesn't show it...

#25 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:33

Race 2 is on and some cars are using wet tires.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:35

Originally posted by dutra
Race 2 is on and some cars are using wet tires.


Is it raining at the moment?

#27 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:38

No. The track is damp but it's not raining right now.

#28 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:40

With 4 laps:

1. Conway
2. Petrov
3. Di Grassi
4. Zuber
5. Maldonado
6. Pantano

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:41

Originally posted by dutra
With 4 laps:

1. Conway
2. Petov
3. Di Grassi
4. Zuber
5. Maldonado
6. Pantano


Thanks, please keep us updated from time to time

#30 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:45

Lap 5 - Grosjean, Chandhok and Kobayashi pitted to put slicks
Lap 6 - Conway, Di Grassi and Zuber did the same thing.

Grosjean is out. Spun off at Estoril.

#31 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:50

It's raining again!

Lap 10

1. Burman
2. Buemi
3. Parente
4. Senna

#32 Vegetableman

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:59

Thanks for the updates, keep them coming please!

#33 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:00

Lap 16 - Rain stopped again

1. Burman
2. Buemi
3. Parente
4. Senna
5. Filippi
6. Di Grassi
7. Asmer
8. Conway (Fastest Lap 1:31.830)

Pantano is out after contact with Petrov at Adelaide

#34 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:05

Conway passed Asmer. Parente spun at the finish line and lost 3rd place. Buemi now has the fastest lap.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:10

Looks like Senna's gearbox is saying goodbye... but he still on track in 4th.

Buemi passed Buurman at Adelaide.

Lap 23

1. Buemi
2. Buurman
3. Parente
4. Senna
5. Filippi
6. Di Grassi
7. Conway
8. Asmer

#36 Vegetableman

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:11

Not Senna's year in terms of luck really is it.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:13

Originally posted by Vegetableman
Not Senna's year in terms of luck really is it.


Yeah, similar to Glock last year. It must be an iSport thing.

#38 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:14

Well... Senna still on track. Parente is out. Mechanical problems. Senna had 3rd place for 1 lap but is now in 5th behind Filippi and Di Grassi.

2 laps to go

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:17

Buemi wins :up:

Thanks for the updates dutra!

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#40 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:19

Lap 28 / Checkered Flag:

1. Buemi (fastest lap)
2. Buurman
3. Filippi
4. Di Grassi
5. Senna
6. Conway
7. Maldonado
8. Zuber
9. Kobayashi
10. Villa
11. Asmer
12. Valles
13. Iaconelli
14. Tung
15. Herck
16. Rodriguez

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:21

Good comeback for Di Grassi, Senna is really unlucky, but he still has every chance to win the championship...

8 races, 7 winners, classic GP2 :D

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:23

Originally posted by postajegenye


Yeah, similar to Glock last year. It must be an iSport thing.


Anyway Senna is began to show that he is really fast and is a force in the field.
In terms of results it wasn't a good weekend, but it was a really good showing.
He seems to me that he got the grip now in car racing and he is really a hard charger.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:55

Strange race, too many incidents. No points for Pantano, Grosjean. Bruno should have finished with more points. but for technical issues.

I think overall Yelmer Buurman was more consistent pace wise in changing conditions (?), although Mr. Buemi beat him and won.

Most importantly: Petrov's MILF on the pitwall. :kiss: :blush:

#44 ClubmanGT

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:05

What's the weather doing? :p

#45 dutra

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:11

Compared to Pantano's luck today Bruno should be very happy with the result. An eventful weekend for Senna anyway.
A good race to see only because of the weather conditions. With dry track on the saturday race... boring...
Buurman really showed good skills in this situation, specially as a rookie. Di Grassi in points in both races deserves a note too.

Let's see in Silverstone.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:43

Originally posted by primer
Most importantly: Petrov's MILF on the pitwall. :kiss: :blush:


If my eyes do not deceive me she is not Petrov's mother, she is the mother of all Russian autosport. ;)

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:56

La Pasionaria

http://img518.images.../frangp2va9.jpg

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 11:12

Originally posted by united


If my eyes do not deceive me she is not Petrov's mother, she is the mother of all Russian autosport. ;)


de gustibus non disputandem est and all that... but anyway...

Was a bit disappointed that Parente's car broke - given he started race 1 from the very back of the grid. I thought he'd done a good job of recovering and salvaging some points from the weekend up to that point.

Feeling vaguely smug as I sat before the start thinking that if I had cars on the grid, they would bedefinitely be on slicks, although my thinking involved a safety car bunching things up - which turned out not to be necessary.

Buurman looked quicker in the wet, which surprised me, but Buemi didn't seem to have much trouble reeling him in once it dried.

Looking like its going to be Senna vs Grosjean vs Pantano for the title now, despite the appalling luck of the first 2 this weekend.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 11:30

Originally posted by Haddock
Was a bit disappointed that Parente's car broke - given he started race 1 from the very back of the grid. I thought he'd done a good job of recovering and salvaging some points from the weekend up to that point.


Yeah. He didn't have much luck this weekend. Qualifying was disastrous, then he recovered very well on race 1, was about to get a nice podium on race 2, benefiting from a good strategy and despite 2 or 3 sloppy mistakes, but then the car blown up. Not good for his championship hopes.

Buurman looked quicker in the wet, which surprised me, but Buemi didn't seem to have much trouble reeling him in once it dried.


Buurman had a more wet-friendly setup, maybe? It surprised me as well, but maybe Buemi was losing time due to having to defend his position from Parente - he impressed me a lot there, nice defending. Buemi is finally starting to look like a real driver.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 11:50

Originally posted by united
La Pasionaria
http://img518.images.../frangp2va9.jpg


Is that Oksana Kosachenko? :lol: Oh boy, she was a legend when she hosted and commentated F1 on Russian TV some years ago. She was not only completely incompetent as F1 pundit but also unbelievably biased.

She is Petrov's manager AFAIK.