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. Tuesday 3 March 2015

  2. Toro Rosso has performed 'as expected' – Key 08:42

    Toro Rosso has performed 'as expected' – Key

    Toro Rosso Technical Director James Key hailed a positive pre-season campaign for the Italian squad, believing that the new...

    F1
  3. Video of the Day: Berlin ePrix launch 05:24

    Video of the Day: Berlin ePrix launch

    Highlights from the launch event of Formula E's Berlin ePrix, which will take place later this season around the grounds of...

    FE
  4. Monday 2 March 2015

  5. Arrivabene urges concentration at Ferrari 15:42

    Arrivabene urges concentration at Ferrari

    Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene has emphasised that the Italian outfit must remain disciplined as it prepares for...

    F1
  6. Renault 'quietly confident' ahead of Australia 14:14

    Renault 'quietly confident' ahead of Australia

    Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul says the French power unit supplier is 'quietly confident' ahead of the opening...

    F1
  7. FIA confirms clampdown on helmet changes 13:08

    FIA confirms clampdown on helmet changes

    Formula 1 drivers will be restricted to just one helmet design per season after a proposals put forward by figures inside...

    F1
  8. Final Barcelona pre-season test in numbers 11:01

    Final Barcelona pre-season test in numbers

    The final pre-season test at Barcelona saw Nico Rosberg and Mercedes top the timesheets, and Sauber lead the mileage stakes....

    F1
  9. Vettel expecting close fight behind Mercedes 10:52

    Vettel expecting close fight behind Mercedes

    Sebastian Vettel says he expects a close fight between Williams, Red Bull and his Ferrari team this year – albeit some way b...

    F1
  10. Mick Schumacher to race in German Formula 4 10:45

    Mick Schumacher to race in German Formula 4

    Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael, will make his car racing debut in German ADAC Formula 4...

    Misc
  11. Pons Racing parts company with Tunjo 10:33

    Pons Racing parts company with Tunjo

    Formula Renault 3.5 outfit Pons Racing has confirmed that it has parted company with Colombian youngster Óscar...

    FR 3.5
  12. 09:57

    Photos: Red Bull presents RB11 livery

    F1
  13. Red Bull reveals final RB11 livery 09:32

    Red Bull reveals final RB11 livery

    Red Bull has revealed the RB11 in its final race colours, ahead of the squad's planned filming day at the Circuit de...

    F1
  14. Tost happy with Toro Rosso's preparation 08:38

    Tost happy with Toro Rosso's preparation

    Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost says he is encouraged by the progress the squad has made across its pre-season testing...

    F1
  15. Chilton joins Nissan's LMP1 project 08:15

    Chilton joins Nissan's LMP1 project

    Former Formula 1 driver Max Chilton has confirmed that he will make the switch to the World Endurance Championship this year...

    LM
  16. Video of the Day: Chilton links up with Nissan 08:12

    Video of the Day: Chilton links up with Nissan

    Former Marussia racer Max Chilton and Nissan GT Academy mentor Alex Buncombe discuss their roles with Nissan ahead of the...

    LM
  17. Sunday 1 March 2015

  18. 19:26

    Photos: Barcelona pre-season testing – Day 4

    F1
  19. Pérez upbeat after first experience of VJM08 19:12

    Pérez upbeat after first experience of VJM08

    Sergio Pérez expressed his optimism after he received his first taste of Force India's VJM08 at the Circuit de...

    F1
  20. McLaren prepared for tricky start to 2015 18:57

    McLaren prepared for tricky start to 2015

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says the squad is prepared for a tricky start to its 2015 campaign after pre-season...

    F1
  21. Lotus: Brake issue caused Maldonado crash 18:33

    Lotus: Brake issue caused Maldonado crash

    Lotus has confirmed that a brake problem caused Pastor Maldonado's crash on the final day of pre-season testing in...

    F1
  22. Rosberg pleased with Mercedes' pre-season 18:13

    Rosberg pleased with Mercedes' pre-season

    Nico Rosberg declared himself happy with Mercedes' pre-season preparations, after topping the combined times at the final...

    F1
  23. 17:08

    Barcelona pre-season testing: Day 4 results

    F1
  24. Bottas tops final day of pre-season testing 17:03

    Bottas tops final day of pre-season testing

    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time as the third and final pre-season test reached its conclusion at the...

    F1
  25. Hamilton explains decision to keep #44 13:06

    Hamilton explains decision to keep #44

    World Champion Lewis Hamilton says he chose to keep #44 as his car number for the upcoming season as it "means more to me"...

    F1
  26. 07:51

    Follow Barcelona pre-season testing live!

    F1
  27. Magnussen wanted Le Mans drive with father 07:46

    Magnussen wanted Le Mans drive with father

    McLaren test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen says he enquired over the possibility of racing alongside father Jan for...

    F1
  28. Barcelona pre-season testing: Day 4 line-up 06:47

    Barcelona pre-season testing: Day 4 line-up

    The final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya concludes on Sunday and, to keep you up to date with who is...

    F1
  29. Video of the Day: Official Formula E anthem 05:24

    Video of the Day: Official Formula E anthem

    Spanish musician and record producer Nacho Cano had released an official anthem for Formula E.

    FE
  30. Saturday 28 February 2015

  31. 21:12

    Photos: Barcelona pre-season testing – Day 3

    F1
  32. First Ferrari race simulation pleases Allison 20:04

    First Ferrari race simulation pleases Allison

    Ferrari Technical Director James Allison expressed his happiness after the squad was able to conduct its first race...

    F1
  33. Hamilton: Predicting main rivals is 'irrelevant' 19:34

    Hamilton: Predicting main rivals is 'irrelevant'

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says it is "irrelevant" to make predictions over who the outfit's main rivals will be in...

    F1
  34. Ricciardo content with Red Bull progress 19:05

    Ricciardo content with Red Bull progress

    Daniel Ricciardo played down his lowly position on the timesheets during the penultimate day of pre-season testing at the...

    F1
  35. Magnussen feels 'very good base' with MP4-30 18:47

    Magnussen feels 'very good base' with MP4-30

    McLaren tester Kevin Magnussen says the team's Honda-powered MP4-30 feels better in many areas compared to its...

    F1
  36. 17:05

    Barcelona pre-season testing: Day 3 results

    F1
  37. Hamilton keeps Mercedes on top in Barcelona 17:04

    Hamilton keeps Mercedes on top in Barcelona

    Lewis Hamilton ensured that Mercedes remained at the top of the times on the penultimate day of the final pre-season test at...

    F1
  38. Symonds supportive of Manor revival 14:28

    Symonds supportive of Manor revival

    Williams' Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds says it will be a boost for Formula 1 if Manor can make it to the grid for the...

    F1
  39. Booth: Manor 'very close' to making first race 10:25

    Booth: Manor 'very close' to making first race

    John Booth says Manor Marussia is "very close" to making it to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, after the team was...

    F1
  40. Video: Vergne drives Ferrari Formula 1 car 08:47

    Video: Vergne drives Ferrari Formula 1 car

    Jean-Éric Vergne completed his first laps in a Ferrari F1 car during a demo in Adelaide on Saturday.

    F1
  41. Vergne completes Ferrari demo in Adelaide 08:11

    Vergne completes Ferrari demo in Adelaide

    Jean-Éric Vergne got behind the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 car for the first time on Saturday when he completed a...

    F1
  42. 07:52

    Follow Barcelona pre-season testing live!

    F1
  43. Barcelona pre-season testing: Day 3 line-up 06:43

    Barcelona pre-season testing: Day 3 line-up

    The final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya continues on Saturday and, to keep you up to date with who...

    F1
  44. FIA wants new cameras for crash investigations 06:28

    FIA wants new cameras for crash investigations

    New high speed cameras could be fitted to Formula 1 cars from 2016 in a bid to improve investigations into...

    F1
more news