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24h of Le Mans 2013 Review

The 90th anniversary of the 24h of Le Mans was overshadowed by the death of the danish sportscar driver Allan Simonsen.

It was raining and he led in the GTE Am class, going into the 2nd lap of the race. Then he turned into the Tetre Rouge corner.

He came out wide onto the run-off area and lost control of his Aston Martin Vantage V8.

He then made a big impact against the armcor barrier on the drivers side.

Allan was still responsive after the crash and then he was taken to the Medical Center, where he succumbed his injuries.

The death of Allan was officialy announced from the ACO on 18:00 o’clock/6 pm (GMT+1) during the race.

The family of Allan wanted Aston Martin Racing and Prodrive to continue the race.

It was the first death during the race of the 24h of Le Mans since 1986, were Jo Gartner died in a Porsche 962LM Group C and the first death in the 24h of Le Mans since 1997, were Sebastian Enjolras died in a Welter LMP in pre-Qualifying .

Allan Simonsen was one of the most experienced sports car drivers out there and he also drove in the Australian V8 Supercars Series for Kelly Racing.

It was he’s 7th 24h of Le Mans, he will be truly missed.  He was only 34 years old.

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R.I.P. Allan Simonsen.

Official Statement from the ACO:

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest, which organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, released the following statement:

The driver was immediately attended on the scene by the doctors from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Medical Service.

In a serious condition, Allan Simonsen was transferred immediately to the Circuit Medical Centre where he died soon after due to his injuries.

Allan Simonsen’s family has been informed immediately by David Richards, Principal of the Aston Martin Racing team.

Allan Simonsen, an experienced driver aged 34, had taken part in seven 24 Heures du Mans.

His team mates in the No.95 car were his fellow countrymen, Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest wishes to express its great sadness following this incident, and extends its deepest condolences to the family and those close to Allan Simonsen.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest will make no further statement while the exact reasons for the accident are still being wholly determined.

LMP1: Audi vs Toyota and Rebellion with bad luck

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Audi were the favourites for the race and nobody expected Toyota to challenge them.

But we were surprised. Toyota already showed their pace at the first lap, were Lapierre went from 4th to 2nd and nearly overtaking the #1 Audi for the lead of the race, until the Safety Car came out.

After the SC, Lapierre couldn’t drive the pace of the #1 Audi with Andre Lotterer anymore and had to settle for 2nd.

Then Lapierre swapped positions with his teammate Davidson on the 3rd hour and then both stayed on 2nd and 3rd positon until the last hour of the race.

Meanwhile the No.1 Audi with Lotterer/Treyuler/Fässler had no problems and it looked like they would run away with the win, but in the evening time the No.1 Audi had to come into the garage for a alternator change.

It costed them over 40 minutes to change it and of course it costed them the race win.

The No.3 Audi R18 with Jarvis/Di Grassi/Gene had also problems at the same time.

The car had contact with a the Labre Competition Corvette from the GTE-Am class and had a right rear tire puncture. They lost nearly 10 minutes at the pitstop.

But after that the #3 car had a awesome battle with the #7 Toyota from Lapierre/Nakajima/Wurz for 3rd position.

But  the #7 eventually got 3rd position.

The No.2 Audi with McNish/Kristensen/Duval then grabbed the lead from the No.1 Audi and stayed there until the end.

They had a lead over 2 laps of the 2nd placed Toyota TS030 from Davidson/Sarrazin/Buemi.

The #7 Toyota was 3rd but lost the position when Lapierre crashed his car at the Porsche corners in rainy conditions and it was only 1 hour to go.

Lapierre brought his damaged car back to the garage and after half an hour the car was repaired, what was a great effort by Toyota Racing.

The #7 Toyota finished 4th behind the #3 Audi.

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The #13 Rebellion Lotus Lola was on a incredible 5th position with Belicchi/Beche/Cheng. But Andrea Belicchi crahsed the car after the SC period hard into the barriers.

Belicchi was taken to the hospital were he broke two rips. Also the #12 Rebellion was in trouble with Jani/Prost/Heidfeld.

The car had mechanical misfortunes and finished 8th in class. Surprisingly then the Strakka HPD from Levenths/Kane/Watts won the LMP1 Privatiers battle, what wasn’t really a battle.

LMP2: OAK Racing dominance

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The Morgan Nissan from OAK Racing was the fastest car out on track.

The car is 8 kph faster on the straights than for example the Oreca 03 Nissan, because the car is/was actually a LMP1 car transformed into a P2 car.

So Baguette/Nicolet made a start/finish win nearly leading every single lap in this class.

Baguette spun under heavy rain in the 23rd hour but managed to bring the car back to the track safely to win the race.

3rd was the G-Drive Racing Oreca 03 Nissan from Conway/Martin/Rusinov ahead of the Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan from Mardenborough/Ordonez/Krumm.

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The two Lotus T128 Praga were 15 and 16th in class for a long time until they had both to retire because of mechanical issues in the morning of the race.

GTE-Pro and Am: Porsche vs Aston Martin, Corvette disappointment

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Porsche had a great lead battle with the race win favourites Aston Martin since lap 4 of the race.

After the #97 Aston Martin from Turner/Mücke/Dumbreck drove into the pits to switch from slick to rain tires, the #91 Porsche 911 RSR from Lieb/Lietz/Dumas drove away with the win in GTE-Pro.

They landed ahead of the #92 Porsche 911 RSR from Bernhard/Pilet/Bergmeister.

AF Corse couldn’t really catch up with the pace of the Aston’s and the Porsche’s and were the best of the rest with 4th and 5th.

Corvette was surprisingly slow, only 6th was the best postion. The SRT Viper GTS-R also disappointed with 8th and 9th in class.

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Porsche also won in GTE-Am with the  IMSA Matmut Perfomance Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 2012 spec from Narrac/Burnet/Vernay.

Dempsey DelPiero Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Foster/Long/Dempsey lost the good looking 3rd positon to a AF Corse Ferrari, so they finished 4th.

It was a great 24h of Le Mans 2013, despite the death of Allan Simonsen.

The next race of the WEC is on the 1st September 2013 at the 6h of Sau Paulo in Brazil.

WEC drivers Prototype Champioship standings:

1 MCNISH A. GBR 25 0 18 0 50 1 94
1 DUVAL L. FRA 25 0 18 0 50 1 94
1 KRISTENSEN T. DNK 25 0 18 0 50 1 94
2 LOTTERER A. DEU 18 0 25 1 20 0 64
2 TRÉLUYER B. FRA 18 0 25 1 20 0 64
2 FÄSSLER M. CHE 18 0 25 1 20 0 64
3 DAVIDSON A. GBR 15 0 12 0 36 0 63
3 BUEMI S. CHE 15 0 12 0 36 0 63
3 SARRAZIN S. FRA 15 0 12 0 36 0 63
4 DI GRASSI L. BRA / 0 15 0 30 0 45
4 GENÉ M. ESP / 0 15 0 30 0 45
4 JARVIS O. GBR / 0 15 0 30 0 45
5 WURZ A. AUT 12 1 * 0 24 0 37
5 LAPIERRE N. FRA 12 1 * 0 24 0 37
6 NAKAJIMA K. JPN / 0 * 0 24 0 24
7 WATTS D. GBR * 0 6 0 16 0 22
7 KANE J. GBR * 0 6 0 16 0 22
7 LEVENTIS N. GBR * 0 6 0 16 0 22
8 JANI N. CHE 10 0 10 0 1 0 21
8 HEIDFELD N. DEU 10 0 10 0 1 0 21
8 PROST N. FRA 10 0 10 0 1 0 21
9 BELICCHI A. ITA 8 0 8 0 1 0 17
9 CHENG C. CHN 8 0 8 0 1 0 17
9 BECHE M. CHE 8 0 8 0 1 0 17
10 BRUNDLE A. GBR 4 1 2 0 8 0 15
10 HEINEMEIER HANSSON D. DNK 4 1 2 0 8 0 15
10 PLA O. FRA 4 1 2 0 8 0 15
11 BAGUETTE B. BEL 1 0 1 0 12 0 14
11 PLOWMAN M. GBR 1 0 1 0 12 0 14
11 GONZALEZ R. MEX 1 0 1 0 12 0 14
12 PEREZ COMPANC L. ARG 2 0 4 1 1 0 8
12 MINASSIAN N. FRA 2 0 4 1 1 0 8
12 KAFFER P. DEU 2 0 4 1 1 0 8
13 PIZZONIA A. BRA 6 0 * 0 / 0 6
13 WALKER J. GBR 6 0 * 0 / 0 6
13 GRAVES T. GBR 6 0 * 0 * 0 6
14 MARTIN J. AUS 0,5 0 0,5 0 4 0 5
14 CONWAY M. GBR 0,5 0 0,5 0 4 0 5
14 RUSINOV R. RUS 0,5 0 0,5 0 4 0 5
15 MARDENBOROUGH J. GBR / 0 / 0 2 0 2
15 ORDOÑEZ L. ESP / 0 / 0 2 0 2
15 KRUMM M. DEU / 0 / 0 2 0 2
16 KIMBER-SMITH T. GBR 0,5 0 / 0 1 0 1,5
17 ROSSI A. USA / 0 / 0 1 0 1
17 LUX E. USA / 0 / 0 1 0 1
17 NICOLET J. FRA 0,5 0 0,5 0 * 0 1
17 MERLIN J. FRA 0,5 0 0,5 0 * 0 1
18 IMPERATORI A. CHE 0,5 0 / 0 * 0 0,5
18 DYSON C. USA 0,5 0 / 0 / 0 0,5
18 KRAIHAMER D. AUT * 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 GIROIX F. FRA / 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 FATIEN F. CIV / 0 0,5 0 / 0 0,5
18 ROSSITER J. GBR / 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 CHAROUZ J. CZE * 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 KA TO J. CHN 0,5 0 / 0 / 0 0,5
18 IHARA K. JPN / 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 WEEDA K. USA * 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 HOWSON M. GBR 0,5 0 / 0 * 0 0,5
18 MARSAL M. USA 0,5 0 / 0 / 0 0,5
18 HOLZER T. DEU * 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 LIUZZI V. ITA * 0 0,5 0 / 0 0,5
19 HAMILTON A. GBR / 0 / 0 * 0 0
19 BOUCHUT C. FRA * 0 / 0 * 0 0
19 HAEZEBROUCK P. FRA / 0 / 0 * 0 0
19 MONDOLOT P. FRA / 0 / 0 * 0 0
19 NAKANO S. JPN / 0 / 0 * 0 0

WEC Teams GTE-Pro championship standings:

Porsche AG Team Manthey 74

Aston Martin Racing   71

AF Corse Ferrari        60

AF Corse Ferrari       56

Porsche AG Team Manthey 44

Aston Martin Racing  26

Full results (without retirements):

1. #2 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 * 348 laps (34 stops)

2. #8 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrid LMP1 * 347 laps (30 stops)

3. #3 Gene/Di Grassi/Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 347 laps (30 stops)

4. #7 Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrid LMP1 * 341 laps (29 stops)

5. #1 Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 * 338 laps (32 stops)

6. #21 Leventis/Watts/Kane Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03c LMP1 * 332 laps (29 stops)

7. #35 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan LMP2 * 329 laps (30 stops)

8. #24 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan LMP2 * 328 laps (31 stops)

9. #26 Rusinov/Martin/Conway G-Drive Racing Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 * 327 laps (32 stops)

10. #42 Mardenborough/Ordonez/Krumm Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan LMP2 327 laps (28 stops)

11. #49 Companc/Kaffer/Minassian Pecom Racing Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 * 325 laps (29 stops)

12. #43 Gachnang/Mailleux/Lombard Morand Racing Morgan-Judd LMP2 320 laps (28 stops)

13. #48 Hartley/Patterson/Chandhock Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 319 laps (29 stops)

14. #38 Dolan/Turvey/Luhr Jota Sport Zytek-Nissan LMP2 319 laps (29 stops)

15. #36 Paniatici/Ragues/Gommendy Signatech Alpine Alpine-Nissan LMP2 317 laps (32 stops)

16. #92 Lieb/Lietz/Dumas Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR GTE-Pro * 315 laps (22 stops)

17. #91 Bernhard/Pilet/Bergmeister Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR GTE-Pro * 315 laps (24 stops)

18. #97 Turner/Mucke/Dumbreck Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE-Pro * 314 laps (24 stops)

19. #34 Frey/Niederhauser/Bleekemolen Race Performance Oreca 03-Judd LMP2 314 laps (32 stops)

20. #73 Garcia/Taylor/Magnussen Corvette Racing Corvette C6 ZR-1 GTE-Pro 312 laps (23 stops)

21. #71 Beretta/Kobayashi/Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Pro * 311 laps (23 stops)

22. #51 Bruni/Fisichella/Malucelli AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Pro * 311 laps (23 stops)

23. #74 Gavin/Milner/Westbrook Corvette Racing Corvette C6 ZR-1 GTE-Pro 309 laps (25 stops)

24. #41 Kimber-Smith/Lux/Rossi Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan LMP2 * 307 laps (31 stops)

25. #53 Farnbacher/Dalziel/Goossens SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R GTE-Pro 306 laps (28 stops)

26. #76 Narac/Bourret/Vernay IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am * 306 laps (23 stops)

27. #55 Perazzini/Case/O’Young AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Am 305 laps (24 stops)

28. #61 Gerber/Griffin/Cioci AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Am * 305 laps (23 stops)

29. #77 Dempsey/Foster/Long Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am 305 laps (24 stops)

30. #50 Bornhauser/Canal/Taylor Larbre Competition Corvette C6 ZR-1 GTE-Am * 302 laps (25 stops)

31. #96 Goethe/Hall/Campbell-Walter Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE-Am * 301 laps (26 stops)

32. #93 Bomarito/Kendall/Wittmer SRT Motorsport Viper GTS-R GTE-Pro 301 laps (26 stops)

33. #40 Downs/Dagonneau/Younessi Boutsen Ginion Racing Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 300 laps (29 stops)

34. #67 Gibon/Milesi/Henzler IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am 300 laps (22 stops)

35. #66 Bertolini/Alfaisal/Qubaisi JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Pro 300 laps (26 stops)

36. #88 Ried/Roda/Ruberti Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am * 300 laps (23 stops)

37. #75 Collard/Crubile/Perrodo Prospeed Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am * 298 laps (23 stops)

38. #81 Pottolicchio/Aguas/Bright 8 Star Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Am * 294 laps (25 stops)

39. #39 Porta/Raffin/Brandela DKR Engineering Lola B11/40-Judd LMP2 280 laps (31 stops)

40. #12 Prost/Jani/Heidfeld Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60-Toyota LMP1 * 275 laps (26 stops)

Bruno Senna leaves F1 for Aston Martin Le Mans and WEC drive

Former Williams, Renault and HRT Formula 1 driver Bruno Senna will race for Aston Martin in this year’s World Endurance Championship.

The 29-year-old Brazilian will race one of the British manufacturer’s pair of GTE Pro class Aston Martin Vantage GTEs in the full championship, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The deal rules Senna out of contention for the remaining seats on the F1 grid. He had recently been linked to a Force India drive.

“I want to move forward and get back to winning races,” Senna told AUTOSPORT. “The opportunities weren’t there to do that in Formula 1.”

Senna will share the Gulf-liveried car with fellow Aston Martin Racing newcomer Frederic Makowiecki in each of the eight races, while Rob Bell will join them as the third driver for Le Mans and the Spa 6 Hours.

Senna will race the Aston for the first time at next month’s Sebring 12 Hours alongside team regulars Darren Turner and Mucke. He previously contested Le Mans with ORECA in 2009.

AMR team principal John Gaw said: “Our aim is to win at Le Mans and in the WEC, and we are particularly pleased to welcome such a professional driver line-up to Aston Martin Racing in this centenary year.”

The second Pro car in AMR’s four-strong WEC entry will be shared by Turner and Mucke, who took class honours in last year’s series finale at Shanghai.

They will be joined by former JRM HPD and Nissan driver Peter Dumbreck at Spa and Le Mans.

AMR has also confirmed the line-ups in its two GTE Am class Vantages: Danes Allan Simonsen, Christoffer Nygard and Kristian Poulsen, who drove for AMR last year at Le Mans, will share one, while Jamie Campbell-Walter, Stuart Hall and Roald Goethe will drive the other.

AMR has a further two cars on the reserve list for the Le Mans 24 Hours , which could also run in selected WEC rounds.

Caterham has an interest in Bruno Senna

Caterham team boss, Frenchman Cyril Abiteboul, reported today that the Brazilian driver Bruno Senna may be the companion of the newcomer Charles Pic, who is already confirmed as a team driver for the 2013 season.
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“We are seeking the right pilot who can grow the Pic, who is 21 years old and need to gain experience. We have already shown interest in our three candidates, one of them is the Senna” explained Abiteboul.

Senna was disconnected from Williams after the end of the season and seeks an opportunity to continue in Formula 1, ego addition to Caterham there is an empty cockpit at Force India.

Valtteri Bottas set to secure Williams race seat

Valtteri Bottas is set to replace current Williams race driver Bruno Senna in 2013.

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According to Finnish news papers its a done deal and announcement is expected within the next week.

Finnish F1 broadcaster MTV3′s race commentator Oskari Saari, but also the respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt, as well as others in the Interlagos paddock.

Schmidt said Brazilian Senna, and also his countryman Luiz Razia, have “run through the paddock with suitcases full of money, finding no takers”.

Williams is not confirming the reports about its Finnish 2012 reserve Valtteri Bottas, 23, but the team’s driver manager Alex Wurz said on Saturday: “He is a great talent.”

Williams shareholder Toto Wolff, who is involved with Bottas’ management, said: “We do not want to talk about the driver situation this weekend.

“There’s nothing to report now,” he insisted.

But MTV3′s Saari promised to “eat my hat” if Bottas does not make his race debut with Williams in Australia next March.

Dr.Vijay Mallya: Force India in no rush to name drivers for 2013

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Sahara Force India F1 team Principal Dr.Vijay Mallya has said he is in ‘no rush’ to confirm the teams’ driver line-up for F1 2013 and says that they will make the announcement at the end of the season like they have been doing in previous years.

Following Nico Hulkenberg’s move to Sauber , a vacant seat is to be filled at the Silverstone-based outfit, and while Paul di Resta is thought almost certain to be retained, the identity of his team-mate remains a mystery.

A number of drivers’ have been in contention  including the team’s current test and development driver and Ferrari Academy driver, Jules Bianchi, as well as Toro Rosso reject Jaime Alguersuari, Red Bull reserve driver Sebastian Buemi, Adrian Sutil and current Williams driver Bruno Senna. Also Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen was heard to be in talks with Force India last month.

“We have traditionally waited until the end of the season to confirm our line-up and I expect we will stick to this schedule,” Mallya stated prior to this weekend’s inaugural US GP at the Circuit of the Americas. “With the state of the driver market at the moment there is no rush to make an announcement.

“We have a shortlist and will take our time to make sure we have the fastest drivers.”

Looking back on the previous race in Abu Dhabi, where di Resta finished eighth, Vijay Mallya admitted the race at the Yas Marina Circuit was bitter-sweet.

“I have mixed feelings because we extended our run of points finishes, but on the other hand our two main rivals were ahead of us and scored well,” he explained. “With two races to go Sauber are almost out of reach and Williams are just 22 points behind us.

“The opening lap was frustrating [given Hulkenberg retired immediately], but we all recognise that these things can happen in racing. The important thing is to look forward and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Without the problems at the first corner, I’m convinced we could have been up there fighting for some bigger points.”

As for this weekend’s race, Mallya is happy to see the United States rejoin the F1 fold: “It’s such an important market for the teams and the brands associated with the sport so it’s a very welcome return to the calendar. It will be the first time Sahara Force India has raced on American soil and the whole team is excited to be going there. Visiting a new venue always presents us with new challenges, but from what I’ve heard we can expect a first class facility. Austin is a friendly place with good hospitality and I’m sure we will receive a very warm welcome,” he added.

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FP3: Sebastian Vettel with fastest time- again!!!

Vettel still in control as Indian practice ends

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in FP3 with a 1:25.842 and  his fastest lap from last years race in India.  Jenson Button was just 0.2 Seconds behind Vettel,  Mark Webber was third (+0.266).  Lewis  Hamilton was solid fourth (+0.309) and Kimi Raikkönnen fifth (+0.309).

Bruno Senna was surprising us with sixth Position (+0.372) but his Mechanics had a lot of work to do, his KERS-Generator had to be changed. This work costed the team two hours. Ferrari wasn’t happy with the peformance of Felipe Massa (11th/+0.849) and Alonso (7th/+0.679). Further behind,  Timo Glock was 21st (+3.755) and was much faster than his teammate Charles  Pic (+4,456).  Narain  Kartikehyan was also faster than his teammate De La Rosa for the first time in this weekend.

Full Results of FP3:

1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:25.842 20
2 3 J. Button McLaren 1:26.034 +0:00.192 +0:00.192 17
3 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:26.108 +0:00.266 +0:00.074 18
4 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:26.151 +0:00.309 +0:00.043 21
5 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:26.209 +0:00.367 +0:00.058 22
6 19 B. Senna Williams 1:26.214 +0:00.372 +0:00.005 24
7 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:26.521 +0:00.679 +0:00.307 15
8 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 1:26.531 +0:00.689 +0:00.010 21
9 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:26.652 +0:00.810 +0:00.121 21
10 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:26.664 +0:00.822 +0:00.012 21
11 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:26.691 +0:00.849 +0:00.027 13
12 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:27.140 +0:01.298 +0:00.449 18
13 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:27.162 +0:01.320 +0:00.022 21
14 11 P. di Resta Force India 1:27.193 +0:01.351 +0:00.031 22
15 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.229 +0:01.387 +0:00.036 21
16 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:27.374 +0:01.532 +0:00.145 21
17 17 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:27.711 +0:01.869 +0:00.337 20
18 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:27.983 +0:02.141 +0:00.272 19
19 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:29.035 +0:03.193 +0:01.052 20
20 21 W. Petrow Caterham 1:29.237 +0:03.395 +0:00.202 20
21 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:29.617 +0:03.775 +0:00.380 20
22 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:30.298 +0:04.456 +0:00.681 20
23 23 N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:30.824 +0:04.982 +0:00.526 22
24 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 1:30.873 +0:05.031 +0:00.049 22

Bruno Senna suffered burns in Singapore GP

It has been revealed that Bruno Senna was burned inside his Williams during the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. The Brazilian retired from tenth position in the closing stages of the race and the precise cause of the problem is still being investigated.
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“It was an extremely frustrating weekend,” admits Mark Gillan, Williams’ Chief Operations Engineer. “It was what I would call a character-building weekend, with the high expectations following a front row qualification and fast race pace ultimately dashed due to a double DNF and a risked strategy call.”

Williams will soon confirm the precise problems for both cars, including that which left Senna with burns as he made his way back to the paddock on foot.

“We have a good idea but are still investigating just to make sure that we have covered all potential causes,” Gillan concluded.

With six races to go in 2012, Oxfordshire-based Williams remains eighth in the Constructors’ Championship but has now fallen to 21 points behind Force India.

Source: GPupdate.net