Ericsson takes first win at Rockingham

Ericsson takes first win at Rockingham

31 May 2009 – The Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series welcomed its fourth different victor of the season this afternoon at Rockingham, super Swede Marcus Ericsson breaking his duck finally after four second-place finishes last season and a further runner-up spot earlier today.

The 18-year-old, guesting with the Raikkonen Robertson team during a break in his Japanese F3 schedule, always had the pace to win but the pole-sitter was beaten to the front in the first hairpin by Riki Christodoulou, who went on to lead for 12 of the 22 laps until he was penalised for being out of position on the startline.

"I had some problems with the clutch slipping at the start," said Marcus, "but I got away OK. Then Riki was very brave into the first corner and took the lead. I had the pace to attack him in the race but when I saw the penalty sign I was able to settle down and relax.

"Last year was very tough: we were so close so many times, it was frustrating. But I got my first F3 win in Japan earlier this year and it was good for my confidence, such a relief. Now I am driving with confidence, and it shows. This weekend has been a dream."

The first lap of the race was hugely messy, with several separate incidents leading to four retirements and a dire race for round five victor Nick Tandy and his JTR Mygale. Nick's car was shoved by another into the Dallara of Renger van der Zande; the Dutch driver was out on the spot while Nick limped to the pits for repairs. He made it back on track and though he finished down in 14th he was able at least to score the point for fastest lap.

Out of the chaos of the opening lap emerged Henry Arundel in third place behind Christo and Ericsson, with Adriano Buzaid close behind and Daisuke Nakajima just ahead of championship leader Daniel Ricciardo. Christodoulou's exit from the race - he was first ordered to the pits for a drive-through penalty and then black-flagged after the punishment was taken late - bumped everybody following him up one place.

Thus Arundel finished an excellent second in his Volkswagen-powered Carlin Dallara and made his maiden visit to the British F3 podium. "It's been a long time coming," said Henry. "I've always known that I had the potential. It's been a tough start to the year, so this is exactly what I need and we can move forward from here."

Buzaid was pleased also for his T-Sport team with third spot - his second podium of the year - and Nakajima consolidated his improving championship pace with fourth. Ricciardo, his first-race mishaps forgotten, enjoyed an uneventful run to fifth ahead of Walter Grubmuller and Victor Garcia, the Spanish racer seventh for his best finish of the season.

Gabriel Dias was a first-lap casualty, as was Victor Correa, which left Daniel McKenzie with a clear run at National Class honours. "It was absolutely manic on the first lap, the worst I have seen," said Dan. "The main thing was to keep your nose clean, which I managed to do by taking to the grass. Gabriel didn't and it's cost him. I had a good race, we've improved the car a lot and I'm looking forward to Hockenheim next weekend." Team West-Tec's Max Snegirev took class second.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 22 October 2017

  2. Video: Rosberg vs Rosberg vs Rosberg 04:06

    Video: Rosberg vs Rosberg vs Rosberg

    Reigning Formula 1 World Champion turned vlogger and pundit Nico Rosberg displays his various personas in this advertisement…

    F1
  3. 02:31

    Follow us on Instagram for the best photos!

    F1
  4. 02:29

    Latest Formula 1 photos: Saturday in Austin

    F1
  5. Verstappen 'very angry' over Q3 showing 02:27

    Verstappen 'very angry' over Q3 showing

    Max Verstappen says he was "very angry" over his showing in the final phase of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix…

    F1
  6. Vettel hails turnaround after Friday issues 00:48

    Vettel hails turnaround after Friday issues

    Sebastian Vettel has heaped praise on Ferrari after significant car changes contributed to him claiming a front row start for…

    F1
  7. Stroll also hit with grid penalty for blocking 00:42

    Stroll also hit with grid penalty for blocking

    Lance Stroll has also been given a grid penalty of three places for the United States Grand Prix after blocking Romain Grosjean…

    F1
  8. Magnussen penalised for impeding Pérez 00:11

    Magnussen penalised for impeding Pérez

    Kevin Magnussen has been hit with a notional three-place grid drop for the United States Grand Prix after impeding Sergio Pérez…

    F1
  9. Saturday 21 October 2017

  10. Hamilton: Austin coronation 'highly unlikely' 23:59

    Hamilton: Austin coronation 'highly unlikely'

    Lewis Hamilton reckons it is "highly unlikely" that he will secure a fourth world title at the United States Grand Prix, given…

    F1
  11. 23:10

    In full: US Grand Prix qualifying results

    F1
  12. Hamilton claims pole, Vettel grabs second 23:02

    Hamilton claims pole, Vettel grabs second

    Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the United States Grand Prix, ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel, building on a…

    F1
  13. 21:45

    Follow qualifying for the United States GP!

    F1
  14. Alonso hints at Daytona 24 Hours outing 20:40

    Alonso hints at Daytona 24 Hours outing

    Fernando Alonso has suggested that he would like to compete at next year's Daytona 24 Hours, having renewed with McLaren in…

    F1
  15. Video: 'In his shoes' at the US Grand Prix 19:28

    Video: 'In his shoes' at the US Grand Prix

    Take a look behind-the-scenes with Ferrari in the paddock and garage at the Circuit of the Americas, ahead of the United States…

    F1
  16. 18:03

    United States GP: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  17. Hamilton completes practice clean sweep 18:01

    Hamilton completes practice clean sweep

    Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton completed a practice clean sweep by topping FP3 for the United States Grand Prix…

    F1
  18. Verstappen set for 15-place grid penalty 17:41

    Verstappen set for 15-place grid penalty

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen is set to receive a 15-place grid penalty after taking on new power unit components at the United…

    F1
  19. 16:45

    Follow final practice for the United States GP!

    F1
  20. Video: Texas Longhorns mascot visits F1 14:26

    Video: Texas Longhorns mascot visits F1

    Texas Longhorns Mascot Hook 'Em visits the Red Bull Racing garage ahead during the 2017 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit…

    F1
  21. Hartley encouraged by practice progress 13:12

    Hartley encouraged by practice progress

    Toro Rosso debutant Brendon Hartley believes he made substantial progress over the course of Friday's practice sessions in the…

    F1
  22. Márquez remains wary of Dovizioso recovery 12:24

    Márquez remains wary of Dovizioso recovery

    Marc Márquez insists he still has to be wary of title rival Andrea Dovizioso, despite the Ducati rider struggling for pace…

    MotoGP
  23. Video: Formula E's Rome demonstration 11:02

    Video: Formula E's Rome demonstration

    Watch as Lucas di Grassi, Sébastien Buemi, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Luca Filippi demonstrate Formula E machinery around the…

    FE
  24. Power steering biggest challenge - Leclerc 10:18

    Power steering biggest challenge - Leclerc

    Sauber tester Charles Leclerc says getting accustomed to Formula 1's power steering is the major challenge he faces compared to…

    F1
  25. Super Formula cancels finale, Ishiura champion 09:38

    Super Formula cancels finale, Ishiura champion

    Super Formula officials have cancelled Sunday's double-header finale at Suzuka due to the impending arrival of Typhoon Lan…

    SF
  26. Video: Red Bull duo try American Football 09:34

    Video: Red Bull duo try American Football

    Watch as Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen get a taste of American Football as they train with the Del Valle Cardinals ahead…

    F1
  27. Michelin stays as MotoGP supplier to 2023 08:24

    Michelin stays as MotoGP supplier to 2023

    Michelin will remain as MotoGP's sole tyre supplier through to 2023 after agreeing a new deal with series officials. Michelin…

    MotoGP
  28. Alonso: Friday's lost mileage 'quite painful' 07:34

    Alonso: Friday's lost mileage 'quite painful'

    Fernando Alonso described his lost mileage at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday as "quite painful", having planned to test a…

    F1
  29. 06:04

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday in Australia

    MotoGP
  30. Márquez storms to pole, Dovizioso 11th 06:03

    Márquez storms to pole, Dovizioso 11th

    Marc Márquez put in a stunning lap to claim pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, with title rival Andrea Dovizioso only…

    MotoGP
  31. Video: Staying focused at a home race 05:32

    Video: Staying focused at a home race

    Mercedes aerodynamicist Kimberly explains how she handles a whole range of external influences at her home race in Austin, with…

    F1
  32. Friday 20 October 2017

  33. 22:48

    Latest Formula 1 photos: Friday in Austin

    F1
  34. Vettel struggled for rhythm during practice 22:42

    Vettel struggled for rhythm during practice

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel believes more performance can be extracted from the SF70H after enduring a difficult start to the…

    F1
  35. Hamilton builds 'solid platform' on first day 22:36

    Hamilton builds 'solid platform' on first day

    Lewis Hamilton says that he built a "solid platform" on the first day of practice for the United States Grand Prix, as he pushes…

    F1
  36. Ricciardo: No concerns over Red Bull parity 22:21

    Ricciardo: No concerns over Red Bull parity

    Daniel Ricciardo says he has no concerns over driver parity at Red Bull moving forward, in the wake of Max Verstappen's…

    F1
  37. 21:35

    United States GP: Full Practice 2 results

    F1
  38. Hamilton remains on top in second practice 21:33

    Hamilton remains on top in second practice

    Lewis Hamilton remained at the top of the timesheets during Friday afternoon's second practice session for the United States…

    F1
  39. 19:43

    Follow second practice for the US GP!

    F1
  40. Williams reprimanded, fined over tyre breach 18:45

    Williams reprimanded, fined over tyre breach

    Williams has been handed a reprimand and a suspended fine for breaching tyre regulations during the opening practice session for…

    F1
  41. Video: Spanish lessons - the bloopers 18:42

    Video: Spanish lessons - the bloopers

    Check out the Blooper Reel from McLaren's 'Spanish Lessons' video, as the team prepares to spend another year with Fernando…

    F1
  42. 17:35

    United States GP: Full Practice 1 results

    F1
  43. Hamilton quickest in wet/dry FP1 at Austin 17:34

    Hamilton quickest in wet/dry FP1 at Austin

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time during the opening 90-minute session at a drizzly Circuit of the Americas, ahead…

    F1
more news