Guerrieri takes victory in Belgian rain

Guerrieri takes victory in Belgian rain

2 May 2010 – Rain disrupted the second race of the weekend for the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. ISR's Esteban Guerrieri battled the elements and handed the ISR team its first win in the category. Pons Racing's Daniel Zampieri, along with nine other drivers, was handed a drive through penalty, but finished second, ahead of Comtec Racing's Stefano Coletti.

It was a wet start in the Belgian Ardennes on Sunday morning. Qualifying took place in conditions of reduced grip which saw spins for International Draco Racing's Julian Leal and Fortec Motorsport's Sten Pentus. The Rookies, Carlin's Jake Rosenzweig, and Daniel Zampieri and Daniel Ricciardo managed to make an impression during the session, the American claiming his first pole position to lead the Italian and Australian drivers.

By the start of the race, the track had dried out and the Formula Renault 3.5 drivers opted to come out on slicks. Meanwhile, a few drops of rain were signaled just as the cars prepared to line up on the starting grid. All the drivers then changed to wet tyres, with the exception of Epsilon Euskadi's Albert Costa, Carlin's Mikhail Aleshin, and Junior Lotus Racing's Daniil Move and Nelson Panciatici. But the rain increased in intensity during the formation lap, particularly on the Stavelot and Blanchimont sections of the circuit, where hail was signaled. The start was subsequently delayed.

When the rain had eased off, the green light was finally given with the Safety Car, while Albert Costa and Pons Racing's Federico Leo started from the pits. At the green flag, after two laps behind the Safety Car, Jake Rosenzweig held first place in front of Zampieri, Ricciardo, Comtec Racing's Jon Lancaster and KMP Racing's Anton Nebylistkiy.

The conditions on track were still tricky, with reduced visibility due to spray. Rosenzweig took advantage of conditions to build up a lead on Zampieri and Ricciardo, while Nebilitskiy snatched fourth place from Jon Lancaster. In the chasing pack, there was no shortage of action, with an impressive maneuver by Aleshin, who overtook P1 Motorsport's Jan Charouz at the Bus Stop to claim 8th. By this time, the first of the mandatory pit-stops were being made.

Zampieri was the first of the front-runners to enter the pits. As the drivers were entering the pits, the Race Directors announced that Rosenzweig, Hartley, Coletti, Nebylitskiy, Lancaster, Zampieri, Ricciardo, International Draco Racing's Nathanaël Berthon, Comtec Racing's Greg Mansell, and Charouz would all be given a drive through penalty for having changed tyres on the starting grid after the authorized deadline.

After the tyre changes, mandatory stops and the acrobatics by certain drivers, Esteban Guerrieri performed an classy maneuver to claim the lead with more than ten seconds lead. In third, Mikhail Aleshin was some way behind the two leaders, closely followed by Ricciardo, Coletti and Hartley. The Argentinian now led the race ahead of Zampieri and Coletti. Having overtaken twice in the first lap, the driver from Monaco snatched Aleshin for third place right at the line. Aleshin nevertheless leaves Spa leading the Championship.

"It was a really tough race, you had to stay totally focussed. I was happy, and when they announced that 10 cars had to make a Drive Through, I pushed it to the limit", said Guerrieri. "I was surprised, but I was happy to see the P1 pit-board. It's great news for ISR, we're a new team and we really deserve this win."

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Friday 24 October 2014

  2. Video: Mercedes duo in engineering race 09:41

    Video: Mercedes duo in engineering race

    Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg take part in a different kind of battle.

    F1
  3. 09:39

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Sepang

    MotoGP
  4. Pedrosa tops first day at Sepang 09:38

    Pedrosa tops first day at Sepang

    Dani Pedrosa set the standard on the first day of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. The Repsol Honda rider...

    MotoGP
  5. F3 champion Ocon completes Lotus test 07:28

    F3 champion Ocon completes Lotus test

    Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon has completed his maiden Formula 1 test with Lotus after receiving two days of running in...

    F1
  6. Video of the Day: Pedrosa's Sepang highlight 05:03

    Video of the Day: Pedrosa's Sepang highlight

    Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa picks his fondest Malaysian Grand Prix memory ahead of this year's event.

    MotoGP
  7. Nissany hails 'amazing' F1 test debut 04:16

    Nissany hails 'amazing' F1 test debut

    Roy Nissany described his first experience of Formula 1 machinery as "amazing" after enjoying a day of testing with the...

    F1
  8. Thursday 23 October 2014

  9. Caterham buyer refutes Fernandes claims 19:39

    Caterham buyer refutes Fernandes claims

    Caterham buyer Engavest "strongly refutes allegations" made by Tony Fernandes and Caterham Group CEO Graham Macdonald,...

    F1
  10. Fernandes blames Caterham F1 buyer 15:58

    Fernandes blames Caterham F1 buyer

    Tony Fernandes says the Caterham F1 team's buyer is fully responsible for the ongoing problems at Leafield, claiming that it...

    F1
  11. Ramon Aurin to be Pedrosa's new crew chief 15:00

    Ramon Aurin to be Pedrosa's new crew chief

    Ramon Aurin will replace Mike Leitner as Dani Pedrosa's Race Engineer next season. The Repsol Honda rider confirmed...

    MotoGP
  12. Buyer says Fernandes still owns Caterham F1 13:21

    Buyer says Fernandes still owns Caterham F1

    The consortium that purchased Caterham F1 at the end of June has insisted that Tony Fernandes did not transfer the relevant...

    F1
  13. Caterham F1 staff locked out of factory 11:54

    Caterham F1 staff locked out of factory

    Further doubt has been cast over Caterham's ability to contest the remainder of the 2014 Formula 1 season after staff...

    F1
  14. MotoGP reveals 25-bike entry list for 2015 10:55

    MotoGP reveals 25-bike entry list for 2015

    The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) has published a provisional entry list for the 2015 MotoGP season, with the...

    MotoGP
  15. Fong completes first F1 test in Valencia 10:13

    Fong completes first F1 test in Valencia

    Adderly Fong completed his maiden Formula 1 test on Wednesday, getting behind the wheel of Sauber's two-year-old C31 in...

    F1
  16. Massa on Austin Fans' Forum line-up 09:43

    Massa on Austin Fans' Forum line-up

    Felipe Massa, Sergio Pérez and Esteban Gutiérrez have been confirmed on the line-up for the upcoming Austin Fans' F...

    F1
  17. Video of the Day: Racing without a driver 05:08

    Video of the Day: Racing without a driver

    A driverless Audi RS 7 was recently sent out to tackle the Hockenheim circuit. Find out how it fared.

    Misc
  18. Félix da Costa to make FE debut in Malaysia 04:47

    Félix da Costa to make FE debut in Malaysia

    Amlin Aguri has confirmed that António Félix da Costa will partner Katherine Legge for the second round of the Formula E s...

    Formula E
  19. Wednesday 22 October 2014

  20. Caterham F1 bosses threaten to quit 19:37

    Caterham F1 bosses threaten to quit

    Caterham's new bosses have warned that they could be forced to step away from the F1 team, claiming that Tony Fernandes...

    F1
  21. Haas: First five years revolve around survival 17:06

    Haas: First five years revolve around survival

    Gene Haas is under no illusions about the task his Formula 1 team faces when it joins the grid, stating that he will be...

    F1
  22. Background: The Toro Rosso candidates 15:57

    Background: The Toro Rosso candidates

    New Toro Rosso recruit Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in F1 history when he takes to the grid aged 17 next...

    F1
  23. Video: Hamilton's Stars & Cars invitation 15:12

    Video: Hamilton's Stars & Cars invitation

    Mercedes-Benz will stage the once annual 'Stars & Cars' event at its Stuttgart museum on November 29. Lewis Hamilton, who...

    F1
  24. Sam Michael set to leave McLaren 13:15

    Sam Michael set to leave McLaren

    McLaren Sporting Director Sam Michael is to leave the team at the end of the season. A McLaren spokesperson has confirmed...

    F1
  25. Lotus expects to keep Grosjean for 2015 11:12

    Lotus expects to keep Grosjean for 2015

    Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez says he expects to retain Romain Grosjean for the 2015 season, despite admitting that the...

    F1
  26. 09:43

    Photos: Márquez, Pedrosa visit Indonesia

    MotoGP
  27. Pérez on brink of new Force India deal 09:34

    Pérez on brink of new Force India deal

    Sergio Pérez says he is likely to sign a fresh Force India deal "in the next week", a move that would complete the outfit's...

    F1
  28. Video of the Day: Wolff on F1 title success 05:15

    Video of the Day: Wolff on F1 title success

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff discusses the brand's maiden Formula 1 Constructors' success.

    F1
  29. Tuesday 21 October 2014

  30. 16:03

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  31. Silverstone senior executives suspended 13:55

    Silverstone senior executives suspended

    The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) has taken "a closer role" in the day-to-day running of Silverstone following the...

    F1
  32. Caterham insists team not threatened 12:25

    Caterham insists team not threatened

    Caterham has dismissed media reports suggesting that Caterham Sports Limited (CSL) being placed into administration will...

    F1
  33. Lotus mourns death of Total chief 11:08

    Lotus mourns death of Total chief

    Lotus says it has been left "shocked" and "deeply saddened" by the death of Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and CEO of team...

    F1
  34. Spa to fight Nissan's use of Eau Rouge name 09:50

    Spa to fight Nissan's use of Eau Rouge name

    The Spa-Francorchamps circuit says it will contest an application from car manufacturer Nissan to trademark "Eau...

    F1
  35. Video: Miami welcomes Formula E 09:30

    Video: Miami welcomes Formula E

    Watch as the track layout for the Miami ePrix, scheduled to take place on March 14 next year, is revealed.

    Formula E
  36. Miami reveals Formula E circuit layout 09:22

    Miami reveals Formula E circuit layout

    Miami has become the latest Formula E host to reveal its track layout for the electric championship. Produced by track...

    Formula E
  37. Pons retains Tunjo for 2015 FR3.5 season 09:07

    Pons retains Tunjo for 2015 FR3.5 season

    Pons Racing has confirmed that Óscar Tunjo will remain with the team in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series next year. The...

    FR 3.5
  38. Video of the Day: Nasr samples FW08C 05:11

    Video of the Day: Nasr samples FW08C

    Williams reserve Felipe Nasr sampled Keke Rosberg's 1983 FW08C at the team's Partner Day at Silverstone.

    F1
  39. Monday 20 October 2014

  40. Brawn, Domenicali on new Accident Panel 17:54

    Brawn, Domenicali on new Accident Panel

    Former Formula 1 team bosses Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali have joined the FIA's new Accident Panel, which has been put...

    F1
  41. Moscow Raceway earns licence for F1 races 17:14

    Moscow Raceway earns licence for F1 races

    Moscow Raceway has been granted an FIA Grade 1 licence, allowing it to stage Formula 1 races. The track, located some...

    Misc
  42. Wolff confirmed for Race Of Champions 15:04

    Wolff confirmed for Race Of Champions

    Susie Wolff will become the first female driver to compete at the Race Of Champions after signing up for this year's event...

    F1
  43. De Vries gets FR3.5 seat with DAMS 14:43

    De Vries gets FR3.5 seat with DAMS

    McLaren junior Nyck de Vries will compete in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with reigning champion team DAMS next...

    FR 3.5
  44. Lotus to trial new nose design at Austin 13:58

    Lotus to trial new nose design at Austin

    Lotus will test a new nose during practice for the United States Grand Prix, as the team looks to finalise its design for...

    F1
  45. Rossi says tyre choice crucial to victory 13:23

    Rossi says tyre choice crucial to victory

    Valentino Rossi says choosing the extra-soft Bridgestone front tyre was crucial to his second victory of the season at...

    MotoGP
more news