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Race Report

Formula 1 Ing Magyar Nagydij Grand Prix 2018

Circuit: Hungaroring (HU), Length 4,381 km, 28th/29th July 2018, Rounds 9 & 10

Tatiana Calderon (COL), Juan Manuel Correa (USA) and Jannes Fittje (D)

Correa and Calderon strong at the Hungaroring

The GP3 Series met up for their fifth race event on the fluid and demanding Hungaroring Circuit near Budapest, racing as one of the support races for the Formula 1 ING Magyar Nagydij 2018. The temperatures were high, and the drivers faced major challenges in terms of tyre management and track limit observation.

Race One Qualifying

Saturday, 28/07/18, 10.45 – 11.15, Weather: Sunny, 27°C

The free practice session was run on Friday morning. Jannes Fittje, who replaces David Beckmann in our team from this race onwards, was discovering the powerful and fast GP3 Series car. He managed to improve steadily and to build up his confidence, and finished 17th. Tatiana reached an excellent 7th place and Juan Manuel was 11th.
The qualifying session on Saturday morning started well. Tatiana and Juan Manuel were running in the Top Ten and Jannes gave his best as well. After the pit stops and with new tyres the chase for lap times started anew, and Juan Manuel set a number of great fast sector times, but then lost too much in the last sector on his fastest lap. Instead of ending up in the top three, he was 10th at the end of the session. Tatiana fared similarly, and was 15th in the end. Jannes claimed 17th place in his first qualifying session in this series.

Race One Grid
1st Anthoine Hubert (F) ART 1:31.409
2nd Nikita Mazepin (RUS) ART 1:31.484
3rd Leonardo Pulcini (I) Campos 1:31.515
10th Juan Manuel Correa (USA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.162
15th Tatiana Calderon (COL) Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.266
17th Jannes Fittje (D) Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.944

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Race One (40 Minutes)

Saturday, 28/07/18, 18.30, Weather: Sunny, 27°C

On Saturday afternoon a violent thunderstorm hit the circuit, but with the high temperature and enough wind, the track was practically dry by the time the GP3 race began. Juan Manuel made a good start and held onto 10th, while Tatiana advanced to 13th, and Jannes was 17th. After a few laps, the order settled and, as no one was allowed to use DRS for a while, everyone was busy trying to preserve their tyres. When the DRS was activated again from the middle of the race many overtaking manoeuvres were attempted on the fluid course. Juan Manuel moved up to 7th, and Tatiana improved to 10th. She now had a close up view of the fierce fight between Boccolacci and Menchaca, and sat back waiting for an opportunity to get past the two of them. However, her tyres started to degrade, making it possible for Aubry to overtake her on the very last lap, which meant Tatiana crossed the finish line in 11th place. Jannes kept the pace up very well and attacked Piquet on the final laps to come home to a very good 13th place in his first ever GP3 race. Juan Manuel achieved his second best result of the season with 7th place.

The grid for the second race of the weekend was set by reversing the order of the first eight finishers in the first race, with the rest of the places set according to the finishing order in the first race.

Results Race One
1st Nikita Mazepin (RUS) ART 35:38.823  
2nd Leonardo Pulcini (I) Campos Gap 10.474
3rd Anthoine Hubert (F) ART Gap 12.735
7th Juan Manuel Correa (USA) Jenzer Motorsport    
11th Tatiana Calederon (COL) Jenzer Motorsport    
13th Jannes Fittje (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fasest lap: Nikita Mazepin (RUS) in 1:35.503

Race Two Grid
1st Dorian Boccolacci (F) MP  
2nd Juan Manuel Correa (USA) Jenzer Motorsport  
3rd Callum Ilott (GB) ART  
4th Ryan Tveter (USA) Trident  
5th David Beckmann (D) Trident  
6th Anthoine Hubert (F) ART  
11th Tatiana Calderon (COL) Jenzer Motorsport  
13th Jannes Fittje (D) Jenzer Motorsport  

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Race Two (30 Minutes)

Sunday, 29/07/18, 10.05, Weather: Sunny, 30°C

At 10 o'clock in the morning the thermometer was already reading 30°C. Juan Manuel made a good start, and ran side by side with Boccolacci, but as they reached the first corner, Ilott and Hubert also attacked, and Juan Manuel dropped back to 4th place. Pulcini was also in pursuit of the top slot, and with the help of the DRS he was able to get past Juan Manuel. Juan Manuel, however, managed to hang onto the back of the leading pack and so established himself in 5th place. He drove a great race, made no mistakes and took an excellent 5th place at the finish. Tatiana made up two places at the start and was 9th, and closed in on Menchaca with intent to achieve what she had had in mind to do yesterday. Today she achieved it and got past in a determined move, quickly closing in on Beckmann. However, there was not enough time left for another attack. With 8th place Tatiana celebrated her best result this season and scored some well-deserved first points of the season. Jannes was involved in an accident after the start but made it back to the pitlane, then rejoined the race and gained more valuable driving experience. He finished in 17th place.

We look forward to the next race, which takes place in four weeks’ time, on the weekend of August 26th, 2018, at Spa-Francorchamps.

Results Race Two
1st Dorian Boccolacci (F) MP 27:27.055  
2nd Callum Ilott (GB) ART Gap 2.308
3rd Anthoine Hubert (F) ART Gap 3.944
5th Juan Manuel Correa (USA) Jenzer Motorsport    
8th Tatiana Calederon (COL) Jenzer Motorsport    
17th Jannes Fittje (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Joey Mawson (AUS) in 1:35.391

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Championship standings after 10 out of 18 races:

1st Anthoine Hubert (F), 129 points; 2nd Callum Ilott (GB), 114 points; 3rd Leonardo Pulcini (I), 99 points; 4th Nikita Mazepin (RUS), 98 points; 5th Pedro Piquet (BRA), 67 points; 6th Giuliano Alesi (F), 66 points; 11th Juan Manuel Correa (USA), 26 points; 17th Tatiana Calderon (COL), 1 point

Tatiana Calderon (COL)

Juan Manuel Correa (USA)

Jannes Fittje (D)

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2018 GP3 Series

11/12/13 May 2018 Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana Catalunya (E)
22/23/24 June 2018 Formula 1 French Grand Prix Le Castellet (F)
30 Jun, 1/2 July 2018 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix RedBull Ring (A)
6/7/8 July 2018 Formula 1 British Grand Prix</td> Silverstone (GB)
27/28/29 July 2018 Formula 1 Ing Magyar Nagydij Hungaroring (HU)
24/25/26 August 2018 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps (B)
31 Aug, 1/2 September 2018 Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia Monza (I)
28/29/30 September 2018 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix Sochi (RUS)
23/24/25 November 2018 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi (UEA)

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