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08/20/11
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Wickens Rossi 1-2 at Silverstone  UPDATE
Robert Wickens
Alexander Rossi

A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, Given that Canadian Robert Wickens and American Alexander Rossi are as fast as Daniel Ricciardo in the World Series by Renault, why all the talk of Ricciardo going to F1 but not Rossi or Wickens?  Steve Stoner

Dear Steve, You are right, both Wickens (Canada) and Rossi (USA) are F1 material, but they need another year of grooming before they are ready.  Both have shown the speed, though Rossi still makes too many mistakes, perhaps because he has to carry his car and is sometimes driving over his head.  Both have the measure of their teammates.  We expect to see Wickens doing some F1 testing next year and Rossi may as well.  Of course money is always an issue.  In Rossi's case since the USA is Ferrari's biggest market, can you imagine how popular Rossi (Italian name) would be both in Italy and in the USA if he were to eventually replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari?  It would be the shot in the arm the USA needs to make F1 popular again, the likes we have not seen since Mario Andretti won the F1 title in 1978. One would think that this idea has not been missed by both Bernie Ecclestone, and the Circuit of Americas, both of which need F1 to succeed in the USA.  Mark C.

08/20/11 

It’s almost become customary for the outcome of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series qualifying session to be decided in two parts. The drivers had a first run on worn tires to find their marks on the Silverstone circuit this morning (Saturday).

Daniil Move (P1 Motorsport) set the first target time, but Albert Costa (Epic Racing) gradually upped the pace. The Spaniard topped the provisional time sheets with a lap in 1m 46.150s ahead of Alexander Rossi (Fortec Motorsport), Robert Wickens (Carlin), Jean-Eric Vergne (Carlin) and Daniel Ricciardo (ISR) as the drivers came in to shod new tires.

Sten Pentus got round in 1m 46.027s to bag provisional pole and Ricciardo immediately hit back with a 1m 45.635 followed by Nick Yelloly and Nathanael Berthon.

Wickens then went for it and the Canadian set the quickest time in 1m 45.302s, which he improved to 1m 45.015s to bag his fifth pole of the season. Rossi will join him on the front row with Ricciardo third in front of Berthon in the ISR cars.

Quotes:

Robert Wickens: “The day couldn’t have got off to a better start! Yesterday in the first collective session it was a bit like in Budapest. I felt good in the car but my times didn’t reflect this. The team found a problem on an accelerator sensor, which they repaired and it all went much better. My aim this weekend is to retake the championship lead.” 

Alexander Rossi: “We’re on the pace and I must congratulate Robert on his time. He drove a great lap. I’m happy with our level of performance. It’s a good boost after the holidays! I like this circuit, the weather’s fine and there are a lot of people so everything’s sunshine and roses!”

Daniel Ricciardo: “Even if I didn’t do a perfect lap I think it would have been difficult to beat Robert this morning. The positive thing is that our two cars are at the front. I think we’ll be better in the race as we’re quick on worn tires. I have to win this weekend, I’ve got nothing left to lose.”     

Results

POS NUM DRIVER TEAM BEST TIME GAP LAPS
1 6 Robert WICKENS CARLIN 1:45.015 - 11
2 7 Alexander ROSSI FORTEC MOTORSPORTS 1:45.410 +0.395 12
3 3 Daniel RICCIARDO ISR 1:45.635 +0.620 12
4 4 Nathanael BERTHON ISR 1:45.738 +0.723 11
5 28 Brendon HARTLEY GRAVITY - CHAROUZ 1:45.781 +0.766 11
6 12 Albert COSTA EPIC RACING 1:45.781 +0.766 11
7 18 Nick YELLOLY PONS RACING 1:45.820 +0.805 10
8 5 Jean Eric VERGNE CARLIN 1:45.898 +0.883 11
9 11 Sten PENTUS EPIC RACING 1:46.027 +1.012 13
10 23 Walter GRUBMULLER P1 MOTORSPORT 1:46.032 +1.017 13
11 8 Cesar RAMOS FORTEC MOTORSPORTS 1:46.038 +1.023 10
12 27 Jan CHAROUZ GRAVITY - CHAROUZ 1:46.076 +1.061 12
13 17 Oliver WEBB PONS RACING 1:46.087 +1.072 12
14 1 Kevin KORJUS TECH 1 RACING 1:46.147 +1.132 11
15 25 Daniel ZAMPIERI BVM TARGET 1:46.358 +1.343 13
16 26 Sergio CANAMASAS BVM TARGET 1:46.436 +1.421 13
17 22 Nelson PANCIATICI KMP RACING 1:46.470 +1.455 12
18 19 Fairuz FAUZY MOFAZ RACING 1:46.568 +1.553 12
19 21 Anton NEBYLITSKIY KMP RACING 1:46.607 +1.592 12
20 20 Jake ROSENZWEIG MOFAZ RACING 1:46.692 +1.677 12
21 16 Andre NEGRAO INTERNATIONAL DRACO RACING 1:46.750 +1.735 12
22 15 Stephane RICHELMI INTERNATIONAL DRACO RACING 1:46.864 +1.849 12
23 24 Daniil MOVE P1 MOTORSPORT 1:46.888 +1.873 11
24 2 Arthur PIC TECH 1 RACING 1:47.099 +2.084 13
25 10 Daniel DE JONG COMTEC RACING 1:47.264 +2.249 13
26 9 Daniel MCKENZIE COMTEC RACING 1:47.340 +2.325 13
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