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2014 Point Standings
After Canada
Championship Standings:
1 Nico Rosberg 140
2 Lewis Hamilton 118
3 Daniel Ricciardo 79
4 Fernando Alonso 69
5 Sebastien Vettel 60
6 Nico Hulkenberg 57
7 Jenson Button 43
8 Valtteri Bottas 40
9 Kevin Magnussen 23
10 Sergio Perez 20
11 Felipe Massa 18
12 Kimi Raikkonen 18
13 Romain Grosjean 8
14 Jean-Eric Vergne 8
15 Daniil Kyvat 4
16 Jules Bianchi 1

Wins:
1 Lewis Hamilton 4
2 Nico Rosberg 2
3 Daniel Ricciardo 1

Pole Positions:
1 Lewis Hamilton 4
2 Nico Rosberg 3

Podium Finishes
1 Nico Rosberg 7
2 Lewis Hamilton 5
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3
4 Sebastien Vettel 2
T5 Jenson Button 1
T5 Kevin Magnussen 1
T5 Fernando Alonso 1
T5 Sergio Perez 1

Fastest Laps:
1 Nico Rosberg 3
T2 Lewis Hamilton 1
T2 Sebastien Vettel 1
T2 Kimi Raikkonen 1
T2 Felipe Massa 1

Laps Led:
1 Lewis Hamilton 227
2 Nico Rosberg 206
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3
4 Felipe Massa 2

Manufacturer Statistics:
Constructors Championship
:
1 Mercedes 258
2 Red Bull-Renault 139
3 Ferrari 87
4 Force-India Mercedes 77
5 McLaren-Mercedes 66
6 Williams-Mercedes 58
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 12
8 Lotus-Renault 8
9 Marussia-Ferrari 2
10 Sauber-Ferrari 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0

Wins
1 Mercedes 6
2 Red Bull Renault 1

Pole Positions:
1 Mercedes 7

Podium Finishes
1 Mercedes 12
2 Red Bull-Renault 5
3 McLaren-Mercedes 2
T4 Force-India Mercedes 1
T4 Ferrari 1

Qualifying
Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 5
Sebastian Vettel 2

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton 4
Nico Rosberg 3

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso 5
Kimi Raikkonen 2

Lotus-Renault
Romain Grosjean 7
Pastor Maldonado 0

McLaren-Mercedes
Jenson Button 4
Kevin Magnussen 3

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 5
Sergio Perez 2

Sauber-Ferrari
Esteban Gutierrez 4
Adrian Sutil 3

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 2
Jean-Eric Vergne 5

Williams-Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas 4
Felipe Massa 3

Marussia-Ferrari
Jules Bianchi 4
Max Chilton 3
Alexander Rossi should be the next American in F1

Maybe in time for inaugural Austin F1 race
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Alexander Rossi holding his own in difficult F1 ladder system
American Alexander Rossi put together the fourth fastest lap of the two-day GP2 test in Sunday’s final session, driving Racing Engineering’s Dallara GP2/08 around the 3.45-mile (5.5-km) Yas Marina Circuit in 1:47.280.

Rossi, of Nevada City, Calif., was only 0.142-second slower than Michael Herck’s test-topping 1:47.138, also done Sunday afternoon. Rossi was the fastest rookie in the test, which concluded on-track activity for GP2 until next year.

“We worked this morning on finding a good balance with the car,” Rossi said. “We had a couple of issues, but overall the car was very good at the end. I’m happy with the progression of the day. Obviously, you want to be P1, but there are a lot of factors and variables that take place for this to happen in an ultra competitive series.”

Teams were limited to two sets of Bridgestone tires for each day in the test and they are at their peak performance for one lap on the lengthy Yas Marina Circuit.

Alexander Rossi in a GP2 car in Abu Dhabi.  How fast is a GP2 car?  It will smoke an IndyCar all day long.
“The car itself is not so tricky to drive,” Rossi said. “The difficult part is maximizing the Bridgestone tire. They have a very small window for maximizing performance and achieving the maximum lap. Timing this tire window coupled with traffic is very important to understand. In GP2 qualifying up front is half the battle. Putting that type of lap together is not an easy task.”

Rossi had the eighth-best time in Sunday morning’s session at 1:48.340.

“I was quite happy with the way we (with Racing Engineering) worked together and the steps we made,” Rossi said. “It was a very positive day and, hopefully, something can be worked out for the future.”

Racing Engineering President Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon was impressed by Rossi.

“This was a very good day of testing, I’m surprised by this young talent,” de Orleans-Borbon said. “Alexander is for sure one of the contenders for the 2011 season. It was a pleasure for Racing Engineering to work with Alexander and the results how that this combination works well.”

The 19-year-old Rossi drove for Arden International in Saturday’s test. He was 13th at 1:48.703 in the morning and 14th at 1:48.425 in the afternoon.

“It was a good day,” Rossi said. “Arden was fantastic to work with and I was quite comfortable with the whole team. We were missing a bit of pace but the times were not a true representation of our pace. The car was a top seven or eight, no problem but I found traffic in sector three, three laps in a row, losing the maximum tire window for that set of tires.”

Rossi concluded a very successful year with the GP2 test at Abu Dhabi. He won two races and finished fourth in GP3 Championship. Rossi also scored points in four of eight GP2 Asia’s 2009-10 season and concluded the season with the most overtakes, at 68.

“This was a good two days in Abu Dhabi, evaluating two very respected teams and myself in the car,” Rossi said. “We accomplished what was planned for the test, along with building good relationships. We showed well and now we need to decide the right fit and finalize sponsorship.”

In October, Rossi tested four days with the seven-time winning ISR Racing World Series by Renault 3.5 team, with the fastest time on the second day at Motorland Aragon and second fastest at the Catalunya Circuit in Spain.

Rossi’s ambition is to be the next American in Formula 1. GP2 is F1’s top development series and World Series by Renault 3.5 is a viable alternative. He will work to find a team to drive for in one of those series next year in the next couple of months.

For now, Rossi is headed home to California for a nice holiday break, meetings with sponsors and winter training program preparing for 2011.

“It will be the first time I’ve been home since August,” Rossi said. “It will be quite nice spending time at home for the holiday’s and training with my hometown trainer.”

GP2 testing results Nov. 28, Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit:

Sunday, Nov. 28, afternoon session
1. Michael Herck DPR 1:47.138
2. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:47.158
3. Josef Kral iSport International 1:47.227
4. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:47.280
5. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:47.425
6. Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 1:47.456
7. Luiz Razia Barwa Addax Team 1:47.667
8. Alexander Sims Racing Engineering 1:47.744
9. Roberto Merhi Barwa Addax Team 1:47.779
10. Charles Pic Rapax 1:47.797
11. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:47.820
12. Oliver Turvey Arden International 1:47.884
13. Kevin Ceccon DPR 1:47.888
14. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Scuderia Coloni 1:47.925
15. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:48.156
16. Sam Bird Super Nova Racing 1:48.239
17. Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 1:48.362
18. Karun Chandhok Scuderia Coloni 1:48.535
19. James Jakes Super Nova Racing 1:48.761
20 Jolyon Palmer ART Grand Prix 1:48.998
21. Jan Charouz Dams 1:49.430
22. Armaan Ebrahim Ocean Racing Technology 1:49.537
23. Esteban Gutierrez ART Grand Prix 1:49.978

Sunday, Nov. 28, morning session
1. Michael Herck DPR 1:47.909
2. Josef Kral iSport International 1:47.941 24
3. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Scuderia Coloni 1:47.961
4. Kevin Ceccon DPR 1:48.169
5. Esteban Gutierrez ART Grand Prix 1:48.171
6. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:48.229
7. Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 1:48.322
8. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:48.340
9. Luiz Razia Barwa Addax Team 1:48.549
10. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:48.603
11. Sam Bird Super Nova Racing 1:48.622
12. Roberto Merhi Barwa Addax Team 1:48.643
13. Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 1:48.764
14. Alexander Sims Racing Engineering 1:48.793
15. Karun Chandhok Scuderia Coloni 1:48.903
16. Oliver Turvey Arden International 1:49.197
17. Charles Pic Rapax 1:49.205
18. Rio Haryanto Arden International 1:49.397
19. Jolyon Palmer ART Grand Prix 1:49.491
20 Jan Charouz Dams 1:49.894
21. James Jakes Super Nova Racing 1:50.027
22. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:50.113
23. Armaan Ebrahim Ocean Racing Technology 1:50.247
24. Fabio Leimer Rapax – Morning Times deleted, driver found underweight 

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