Formula Series: Lots going on in Monte Carlo


Great days of struggle for junior pilots and marshals: In Monaco is the first time next GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 and the GP3 at the start. F2 and F3 Open, meanwhile, go in the Eifel.

(C) Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service

Whether it was particularly clever, even to have in addition to the already spectacular GP2, the almost 30-strong GP3 on the legendary course on the Cote D'Azur, will only show in the course of the weekend - an increased burden for crash barriers and marshals is expected in any case. This is demonstrated by the unusual start times of some races: So the GP3 goes about her second run at only 18 clock. Besides the two "standard" series also starts nor the Formula Renault 3.5 Monaco - due to lack of live broadcast but virtually unknown to the public. A similar fate also threatens the race of F2 and F3 Open at the Nürburgring, which run partly coincide with the Formula 1 and Indy 500.


After two races in Barcelona is plenty of lukewarm of the GP2 at Monaco again for more action to be expected - as with all Junior series on the narrow street circuit you have to even hope that there will not be too much of it.

With two good points finishes in Barcelona GP2 veteran Davide Valsecchi is still pretty comfortable at the top of the table. And rightly so: Apart from a failure in Sepang and a fourth place in Spain, the Italian has landed this season in every race on the podium.

How important is experience in the series, also proves Luis Razia, who in GP2 is still on the second place in the table after unspectacular years to Spain, and has distinguished himself as a solid candidate for the top score points.

First pilot without experience is Monaco-rookie James Calado. From the British therefore perhaps no wonder things are to be expected. With street circuits but he seems to have no fundamental problems. His only victory in the GP3 season 2011 took place in Valencia after all.

A little under pressure to perform, however, is Lotus / ART team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, who has indeed been shown most clever and low-risk race, is in the table but have a full ten points behind his rookie team mate. His experience could help him on the narrow street circuit but.


The GP2 makes it her fans comparatively easy: As always, run the two races live on sky sports 1 and sky sports 1 HD Please note: Unlike usual, the main event will take place on Friday (10:25 clock) and the Sprint on Saturday ( 16:05 clock instead). Subscribers to the British variant of sky may in addition to a Transfer of free practice (Thursday, 11:55 clock) (Edit: Oh, sorry already over.!) And qualifying (Thu 16:50 clock) are happy.


A weekend of two halves offered the GP3 in Barcelona - at least you could have the impression that if you had the first race live with English commentary, and the second race then looked on Euro Sport. Race one seemed dynamic, exciting - and it did not seem difficult to distinguish between at least 26 pilots in the field. Race two looked disjointed and chaotic, and it was hard to keep only the first three positions in the head. In truth, the two races must have been very similar - the different impressions are probably due more to the quality of both live comments. This is all the more unfortunate because Euro sports man Norbert Ockenga has already been proved in numerous sports car races that he actually can do a lot better.

And so back to the events at the track: There could show why he is one of the favorites this year in spite of modest second half of the season 2011 in the first race of the New Zealander Mitch Evans. That behind the 2011 almost completely lackluster Filipino Marlon Stockinger and the equally unsuspecting Finn Aaro Vainio landed, was a bit surprising - but the two also would not be the first pilots to be able to show in a new series her true talent was only in its second season.

Race two then won Conor Daly, son of former Formula 1 pilot Derek Daly, but is compared to his father, not for Ireland, but for the USA at the start, and there is considered to be hope for the future. A good placement for Daly was certainly deserves. Whether he would have won the race but also when the wegfahrende from the front row Tio Ellinas was not making any early start, must remain unsettled. Behind Daly landed the Romanian Robert Visoiu and the Finn Matias Laine on the podium - as Stockinger and Vainio in the first race rather as a surprise candidate.

In the championship still leads despite tire problems and number 20 on Sunday Saturday winner Mitch Evans, lie behind Daly and Vainio. The significance of this table object is of course still very limited for a weekend - and particularly in Monaco can pretty much already at a Junior series with 26 cars pass.


From the GP3 is on German television this time, unfortunately, nothing to see TV partner Euro Sport has the series next weekend unfortunately not in the program. Contrast, Full Service also offers here sky UK: The safe chaotic qualifying (Friday, 7:35 clock), Race 1 (Fri, 12:25 clock) and race 2 (Sat, 17:50 clock) will all be broadcast live.

Formula Renalt 3.5

Somewhat perplexed the author of these lines has left the first race weekend of the Formula Renault 3.5: stand firm seemed only two things: At least in Aragon could overtake with the new car is not well with DRS. And Frijns likely to be a hot candidate for the title this season.

Problems, however, had yet the former GP2 and F1 test driver: Only Sam Bird was able to meet with a second place in Sunday's race, the hopes placed in it to some extent.

It is hoped (but not to be expected because of the track characteristics necessarily) that the race in Monte Carlo provide a little more clarity.


Sorry, no live broadcast there next weekend also of the Formula Renault 3.5: Euro Sport shows only a half-hour summary of the race on Sunday evening at 22:30 clock. There is probably no alternatives. Only the Euro sports player could transfer to you. Unfortunately, I can do this but due to lack of access to this program does not check. If anyone knows, please send me a short note in the comments Edit: Both races of the Formula Renault 3.5 are in Euro Sport Player. Times see comment of "haudi87" under this article. Thank you for the hint!

Formula 2

Under the category of "you could also check them out again" falls on me this year, the formula 2, which will be on the road next weekend at the Nürburgring.

So far I have not seen a race this year - and as for the runs in the Eifel, it makes the schedule of F2 is not just easy to change this fact (see below).

Therefore, only a quick representation of the initial state: The Brit Luciano Bacheta has been winning all four races for themselves. This is something amazing, because during his GP3 season last year, he could not really convince. Behind them are in the table three Schweizer: Matheo Tuscher, Christopher Zanella and Alex Fontana. The German Markus Pommer rounds out the top 5.


The formula 2 is, as usual, broadcast live on Motors TV. There is also the official stream on A server overload is not to be feared: Race 1 (Saturday, 13:30 clock) overlaps with the F1 qualifying in Monaco, Race 2 (Sun., 14:00 clock) even with the race in the premier class.

F3 Open

Something complicated design in this season's F3 Open. This affects not only the weather conditions somewhat chaotic opening race in Potimao, but also the mode in which the series will be held in 2012.

In addition to the overall ranking, there namely still a "Copa F308/300" to participate in the pilot, the new Dallara F312 could not afford or did not want. So far, so normal - a "National Class", as described in British F3 there are elsewhere as well, and in 2011 had the F3 Open already a "Copa F306/300".

The unusual at the F3 Open 2012: More than half of the field is in the "Copa 308" on the road, and some drivers from this series fall into the top rankings of the "actual" F3 Open a. So brought about the Italians Kevin Giovesi, leader of the "Copa F308" in Portimao two fifth places, and thus is also ranked 5th overall. The formula series so requires, similar to sports car racing, because of the different classes a little extra attention.

At the top of the table is to Portimao to me otherwise unfortunately unknown Swede Mans Grenhagen. Behind it is located with the Canadian Gianmarco Raimondo (if not particularly fast) familiar face from the F3 Euro Series. On the third and fourth place are currently the Mexican Juan Carlos Sistos (last year fourth in the F3 Open) and the known from the AutoGP Argentine Facundo Regalia.


First time, the race of the F3 Open (so as also those of the GT Open) broadcast live on German television: Probably because of the German venue you could win Sport 1 + as a partner. Race 1 run there on Saturday at 16:00 clock, Race 2 on Sunday at 11:30 Clock.

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5 Responses to "Formula Series: Lots going on in Monte Carlo"

  1. haudi87
    May 24, 2012 at 13:56

    Both race in the Renault 3.5 will be streamed on the ESP player. Saturday 9-10, Sunday 11-12

  2. Caution
    May 24, 2012 at 13:58

    Thank you so much!

  3. Wolli
    May 24, 2012 at 20:09

    Saturday there is no whbn race, but only qualifying in 2 groups of 30min.
    Euro Sport can be plugged sontwohin his players anyway. It has 2 channels, and sends only porridge. The ETCC shows you basically only once, there is never complete race as Replay, this one sends prefer eight hours breast enlargements and sports news. Not even GP3 has on offer. Miserable club. And to LeMans They come back crawling as a motor sports channel number 1

  4. batis
    May 25, 2012 at 10:13

    @ Wolli :
    Good gerantet but unfortunately fixes the Euro Sport Player exactly these problems that you mention:

    Now the program is seeing the players like this:

    There is also a media center where you can watch most of the transfers as VoD again.

    The fact that it was not enough to a transfer of GP3 in the player, is a pity, but I would almost say that the ESP is not at times.

    Unfortunately, the player is just bad! Each running up stream from anywhere else has got a better quality and, above all, stability, and therefore is in 3 weeks with subscription-end and the ESP player over for the time for me.

  5. nona
    May 27, 2012 at 16:38

    Before the problem of the total course very good Ockenga (next to his still broken headset that always cracks so bad when speaking using ...) is his habit to be lulled by the race river so that his language is sometimes almost too softly around them yet to understand the ambient racing sound, only to spontaneously AGAIN VERY HORRIBLE LOSZUDRÖHNEN IF SOMETHING HAPPENS, what is particularly absurd when the race is a record and it is actually not really surprised, because he anyway knew at what point what is going on.

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