2014 FIA F3 European Championship, Round 14 – Grid, Race Report and Results

2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Round 14, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, June 20th/22nd 2014
© Lynne Waite and Stella-Maria Thomas

Race 2 Grid (Fastest Qualifying Laps of Qualifying Session 2 after penalties):
1st – No. 16, Gustavo Menezes, USA, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, 2:25.458
2nd – No. 30, Max Verstappen*, NLD, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, 2:26.616
3rd – No. 2, Esteban Ocon*, FRA, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:27.380
4th – No. 10, John Bryant Meisner, SWE, Fortec Motorsports, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:27.647
5th – No. 21, Felix Serralles, PRT, Team West-TecF3, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:27.767
6th – No. 12, Alexander Toril, ESP, ThreeBond with T-Sport, Dallara F312, NBE, 2:28.456
7th – No. 14, Felipe Guimaraes, BRA, Double R Racing, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:28.901
8th – No. 3, Lucas Auer, AUT, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:29.082
9th – No. 27, Felix Rosenqvist, SWE, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:29.215
10th – No. 8, Michele Beretta*, ITA, Eurointernational, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:29.447
11th – No. 18, Tatiana Calderon, COL, Jo Zeller Racing, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:29.466
12th – No. 15, Jules Szymkowiak*, NLD, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, 2:29.754
13th – No. 1, Nicholas Latifi, CDN, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:29.932
14th – No. 22, Hector Hurst, GBR, Team West-TecF3, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:30.342
15th – No. 5, Jordan King, GBR, Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, 2:30.517
16th – No. 29, Santino Ferrucci, USA, Eurointernational, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:30.709
17th – No. 11, Richard Goddard, AUS, ThreeBond with T-Sport, Dallara F312, NBE, 2:31.030
18th – No. 4, Roy Nissany, ISR, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:31.206
19th – No. 19, Antonio Giovinazzi, ITA, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, 2:31.494
20th – No. 20, Sean Gelael, IDN, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, 2:31.751
21st – No. 17, Sandro Zeller, SWI, Jo Zeller Racing, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:32.005
22nd – No. 28, Jake Dennis*, GBR, Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, 2:32.333
23rd – No. 31, Tom Blomqvist, GBR, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, 2:32.699

Qualification Maxima (110%) 2:40.003
24th – No. 25, Antonio Fuoco*, ITA, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz
25th – No. 9, Mitch Gilbert, AUS, Fortec Motorsports, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz
26th – No. 26, Dennis van de Laar, NLD, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, did not participate

*Rookie

Race Report – Round 14 (Race 2):

Weather: Warm, dry, sunny.

At Spa on Saturday afternoon, Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) claimed his second win of the weekend, beating home series leader Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) in a tense race on this most demanding of circuits. Third place went to another of the Van Amersfoort boys in the shape of Gustavo Menezes.

Before the race even started we were down a driver however, Santino Ferrucci (Eurointernational) would have to miss what would have been his second ever race because of damage sustained in race 1 when he clashed with Antonio Giovinazzi. The resulting wreck was too severe for the team to complete the necessary repairs in the available time.

At the start Menezes, who was on pole, got away into the lead, while behind him Ocon got the drop on Verstappen and was 2nd, but then a mistake from the leader on the run into Les Combes cost the American dearly as he got it wrong and went straight on. Race 1 showed that Verstappen knows exactly what he’s doing through this section, and so it proved as he came out ahead of his team-mate, having passed Ocon on the straight. As Menezes tried to sort himself out, Ocon went through as well, still looking for a way through for the lead. Verstappen wasn’t having any of it…

That left Menezes 3rd, a position that the whole of the field seemed to want to relieve him of. Or at least that must have been how it felt to him. He came under sustained attack from Felix Serralles (Team West-TecF3) who stole 3rd from him, only for Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) to join in as well just as Menezes got the place back.

Behind them Alexander Toril (ThreeBond with T-Sport) was coming under pressure from Tatiana Calderon (Jo Zeller Racing) for 8th place, the Spaniard losing out to the Colombian woman on lap 6. A Jo Zeller car has never been this high up the order, proving just how much Tatiana loves Spa. Her next target was John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsport) and she was through for 7th.

The Carlin boys were on the move too… Jake Dennis was the next driver to pass Toril, claiming 9th, while Tom Blomqvist, in the Jagonya Ayam liveried version was soon 12th having dispatched another Carlin driver, Jordan King for 13th, King running with a wobbly looking wing, and then Hector Hurst (Team West-TecF3) as well.

Meanwhile Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam), Michele Beretta (Eurointernational) and Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Racing) were all out of the race after mere two laps.

Verstappen was pressing on at the front, pursued by Ocon, although the Frenchman wasn’t about to take too many risks after his non-finish in the first race. Behind them the battle for 3rd raged on between Menezes, Serralles and Auer. And then it all went wrong. An opportunistic attack around the outside at Les Combes by Auer saw the Austrian run wide and lose control. A passenger now, he shot back onto the circuit and rammed Serralles, launching the Puerto Rican who ended up in the barriers. Both drivers were OK, but the Safety Car was needed.

Verstappen settled in for his second Safety Car period of the day, Ocon still behind him, Menezes remaining 3rd from Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Calderon, Bryant-Meisner, Dennis, Toril, and Blomqvist. The clean up took a while, and at the restart there were just four laps left, a fact the leaders were clearly well aware of. Verstappen held onto his lead despite pressure from Ocon through Les Combes, while Menezes had his hands full with Rosenqvist.

The battle for 5th didn’t last long, Calderon opening a gap as Bryant-Meisner became embroiled in a ferocious fight for 6th, Dennis in particular, having started the race from 21st, seemed unstoppable and was determined to find a way past the Swede by whatever means presented itself. Blomqvist, Toril, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam) were also all in the mix, as was King. With very little time left Dennis went for it, and that was when the battle went decidedly pear-shaped.

Toril shoved Bryant-Meisner off, handing 6th to Dennis. Toril was out on the spot just two laps from the flag, while JBM limped round to the finish at the tail end of the field in 18th place. The beneficiaries were Latifi, Blomqvist, Giovinazzi and King who all moved into better points scoring places in 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th respectively. At least this time no Safety Car was needed and Verstappen continued round to his second win of the day, less than a second ahead of Ocon, who was happy to collect more points.

3rd was Menezes from Rosenqvist, Calderon, Dennis, Latifi, Blomqvist, Giovinazzi and King. 11th went to Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Muecke Motorsport), leading home Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam), Richard “Spike” Goddard (ThreeBond with T-Sport), Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing), Hurst, Bryant-Meisner and Toril, two laps adrift.

Ocon set the fastest lap of the race.

Race 2 Results:
1stNo. 30, Max Verstappen*, NLD, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, 15 laps, 35:48.572
2nd – No. 2, Esteban Ocon*, FRA, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 0.805
3rd – No. 16, Gustavo Menezes, USA, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, gap 1.842
4th – No. 27, Felix Rosenqvist, SWE, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 3.021
5th – No. 18, Tatiana Calderon, COL, Jo Zeller Racing, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 7.992
6th – No. 28, Jake Dennis*, GBR, Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, gap 9.257
7th – No. 1, Nicholas Latifi, CDN, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 11.609
8th – No. 31, Tom Blomqvist, GBR, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, gap 12.113
9th – No. 19, Antonio Giovinazzi, ITA, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, gap 13.221
10th – No. 5, Jordan King, GBR, Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, gap 13.411
11th – No. 4, Roy Nissany, ISR, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 14.250
12th – No. 9, Mitch Gilbert, AUS, Fortec Motorsports, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 14.948
13th – No. 20, Sean Gelael, IDN, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, gap 16.418
14th – No. 26, Dennis van de Laar, NLD, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 17.332
15th – No. 11, Richard Goddard, AUS, ThreeBond with T-Sport, Dallara F312, NBE, gap 17.688
16th – No. 17, Sandro Zeller, SWI, Jo Zeller Racing, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 18.400
17th – No. 22, Hector Hurst, GBR, Team West-TecF3, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 20.427
18th – No. 10, John Bryant Meisner, SWE, Fortec Motorsports, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, gap 24.494
19th – No. 12, Alexander Toril, ESP, ThreeBond with T-Sport, Dallara F312, NBE, 2 laps

Not Classified:
No. 21, Felix Serralles, PRT, Team West-TecF3, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, lap 9
No. 3, Lucas Auer, AUT, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, lap 9
No. 14, Felipe Guimaraes, BRA, Double R Racing, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, lap 3
No. 25, Antonio Fuoco*, ITA, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, lap 2
No. 8, Michele Beretta*, ITA, Eurointernational, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, lap 2
No. 15, Jules Szymkowiak*, NLD, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312, Volkswagen, lap 2

Did Not Start:
No. 29, Santino Ferrucci*, USA, Eurointernational, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz

Fastest Lap:
No. 2, Esteban Ocon*, FRA, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312, Mercedes-Benz, 2:11.410, lap 6, 119.226mph, 191.876kph

*Rookie