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UNOFFICIAL F3000 INFORMATION

 FIA International F3000 Round 2: Silverstone (GB), 22nd April 2000

Qualifying:

Silverstone in April lived up to the predictions of the doom-mongers, rain falling in heavy doses turning the whole weekend into a farce. Qualifying was therefore an exciting affair enlivened by the drying nature of the track. Like the following day's F1 qualifying the F3000 grid was determined at the last minute, Mark Webber the man to judge his lap to perfection. The Arrows Junior driver took his first pole position in only his second race, stealing it at the last minute from Justin Wilson (Nordic) who had been dominating the session. Wilson spun at Abbey when the crucial laps were being made, giving Darren Manning (Arden) the opportunity to move into second on the grid. His team had tested at Snetterton with former F3000 star Max Wilson the week before to sort out the car after their uncompetitive showing at Imola. Justin Wilson kept third on the grid, joined by Enrique Bernoldi (Red Bull Junior) ahead of Bruno Junqueira (Petrobras Junior) and Soheil Ayari (Coloni).

Sixth place had initially gone to the stunning teenage talent Fernando Alonso. Sadly the Spaniard was disqualified from the weekend when his Astromega Lola failed scrutineering. It was found to have two illegal bolts connecting the engine and chassis which were just 0.0065 of an inch wider than allowed. It was believed they were not manufactured by Lola, F3000's sole chassis supplier. It was yet another dire showing for the McLaren Junior team, Stephane Sarrazin qualifying 18th with Tomas Enge 20th. Enge caused a serious accident during the very wet first session. After both McLaren Junior drivers had spun earlier, the Czech driver spun again exiting Woodcote, clouting the pit wall heavily. Kevin McGarrity (Nordic) lifted off to avoid the debris bouncing back across the track, only to be hit from behind by Andrea Piccini (Kid Jensen Racing). Piccini's weekend was over while McGarrity limped back to the pits to repair his car for the second session. It was also a bad day for Imola winner Nicolas Minassian (Super Nova) who qualified down in 16th place.

Race:

F1 qualifying on the Saturday of the F3000 race held off to see Barrichello clinch pole on a consistenly drying track, and by the time the second round of F3000 was about to get underway conditions were good. Unfortunately the rain suddenly returned, a deluge leaving floods of water around the track. The start of the race was delayed and the decision made to start the race behind the safety car. The field trailed around behind Bernd Maylander in the Mercedes Safety Car for the first five laps, but all this proved too much for Fabrice Walfisch. The Astromega driver spun into the gravel at Beckett's and his day was done.

As the safety car pulled off, Darren Manning got a jump on the field and started with a good lead. Behind, Justin Wilson tried to pass Mark Webber on the inside at Copse but failed, Webber's unusually wide line providing the most grip in the conditions. Webber looked in better shape than Manning, the latter gambling on a set-up suitable for a drying track. The track remained wet for some time, however, and Webber was able to close in on Manning. He decided to go for the lead at Vale, forced by Manning to take the outside line, meaning he had the inside line going into Club. Manning shut the door only to hit Webber, the Arden car forced sideways by the passing Arrows Junior car. Webber continued, pushing Manning's car back out of its sideways moment and taking the lead. A piece of the left front-wing endplate flew off Webber's car afterwards but both cars continued.

Webber pulled out a lead but as the track dried out Manning's setup allowed him to close back up on Webber. Webber took the win just 0.9s ahead of Manning. Wilson took a steady third place for his first ever F3000 podium, with Enrique Bernoldi some way back in fourth ahead of Bruno Junqueira. Sixth went to Soheil Ayari, but it could have easily been a double celebration in the European Arrows team. Webber's teammate, fellow rookie Christijan Albers, was proving competitive in the middle of the race. Having taken Ayari into Brooklands he was chasing Junqueira for fifth when he threw it away at Chapel, spinning off at high speed onto the waterlogged grass. McLaren Junior's qualifying woes were added to in the race. Stephane Sarrazin and Tomas Enge had a succession of spins in the race and finished well down the order. It was not the start to the season Sarrazin, a championship favourite to many, needed. Nevertheless, he did set the race's fastest lap. Similarily, Imola winner Nicolas Minassian, who won here for Kid Jensen Racing last year, had a poor race to finish 11th, complaining of his car's setup. The Frenchman thus loses his championship lead to Webber, the rookie driver who had not driven in single seaters since his British F3 season of 1997. His win is also the first for an Australian driver in the category's history.

The next F3000 round is at Barcelona in two weeks time.

 

QUALIFYING:

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

1

Darren Manning (GB)

Arden

1m 56.776s

2

Mark Webber (AUS)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

1:56.974

3

Justin Wilson (GB)

Nordic

1:57.074

4

Enrique Bernoldi (BR)

Red Bull Junior

1:57.269

5

Bruno Junqueira (BR)

Petrobras Junior

1:57.313

6

Soheil Ayari (F)

Coloni

1:57.713

7

Christijan Albers (NL)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

1:57.921

8

Fabrice Walfisch (F)

Astromega

1:58.068

9

Franck Montagny (F)

DAMS

1:58.140

10

Kristian Kolby (DK)

DAMS

1:58.156

11

David Saelens (B)

Super Nova

1:58.191

12

Jeffrey van Hooydonk (B)

Witmeur KTR

1:58.334

13

Sebastien Bourdais (F)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

1:58.404

14

Mario Haberfeld (BR)

Fortec

1:58.416

15

Ricardo Mauricio (BR)

Red Bull Junior

1:58.458

16

Nicolas Minassian (F)

Super Nova

1:58.591

17

Kevin McGarrity (GB)

Nordic

1:58.810

18

Stephane Sarrazin (F)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

1:58.927

19

Andre Couto (MAC)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

1:59.145

20

Tomas Enge (CZ)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

1:59.298

21

Ananda Mikola (RI)

WRT

1:59.311

22

Viktor Maslov (RUS)

Arden

1:59.607

23

Jaime Melo Jr. (BR)

Petrobras Junior

1:59.946

24

Andreas Scheld (D)

Fortec

2:00.179

25

Bas Leinders (B)

Kid Jensen Racing

2:00.370

26

Yves Olivier (B)

Witmeur KTR

2:00.384

DNQ

Fabrizio Gollin (I)

Coloni

2:00.407

DNQ

Hidetoshi Mitsusada (J)

WRT

2:00.939

DNQ

Andrea Piccini (I)

Kid Jensen Racing

2:07.802

DQ

Fernando Alonso (E)

Astromega

Illegal car

(All cars Lola B99/50-Zytek). Note: Alonso set 6th fastest time before disqualification.

 

RACE RESULT:

Result after 40 laps (127.741 miles)

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

1

Mark Webber (AUS)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

1hr 22m 24.23s

2

Darren Manning (GB)

Arden

1:22.25.18

3

Justin Wilson (GB)

Nordic

1:22.29.22

4

Enrique Bernoldi (BR)

Red Bull Junior

1:22.29.36

5

Bruno Junqueira (BR)

Petrobras Junior

1:22.40.73

6

Soheil Ayari (F)

Coloni

1:22.54.96

7

Franck Montagny (F)

DAMS

1:22.59.59

8

David Saelens (B)

Super Nova

1:23.02.19

9

Jeffrey van Hooydonk (B)

Witmeur KTR

1:23.06.61

10

Sebastien Bourdais (F)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

1:23.07.64

11

Nicolas Minassian (F)

Super Nova

1:23.17.35

12

Kristian Kolby (DK)

DAMS

1:23.24.81

13

Tomas Enge (CZ)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

1:23.53.02

14

Andre Couto (MAC)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

1:24.06.78

15

Ananda Mikola (RI)

WRT

1:24.07.21

16

Jaime Melo Jr. (BR)

Petrobras Junior

1:24.09.59

17

Mario Haberfeld (BR)

Fortec

1:24.16.63

18

Kevin McGarrity (GB)

Nordic

39 laps-battery

19

Stephane Sarrazin (F)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

-1 lap

20

Yves Olivier (B)

Witmeur KTR

-1 lap

R

Ricardo Mauricio (BR)

Red Bull Junior

35 laps-collision

R

Bas Leinders (B)

Kid Jensen Racing

34 laps-collision

R

Andreas Scheld (D)

Fortec

33 laps-accident

R

Christijan Albers (NL)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

22 laps-spin

R

Viktor Maslov (RUS)

Arden

20 laps-spin

R

Fabrice Walfisch (F)

Astromega

1 lap-spin

Fastest lap: Sarrazin, 1m54.304s (100.631mph)

(All cars Lola B99/50-Zytek)

 

Scoring: 10-6-4-3-2-1.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Standings after Round 2 of 10

Pos

Driver

Team

Points

1

Mark Webber (AUS)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

14

2

Nicolas Minassian (F)

Super Nova

10

3

Bruno Junqueira (BR)

Petrobras Junior

8

4

Darren Manning (GB)

Arden

6

5

Justin Wilson (GB)

Nordic

4

6=

Jaime Melo Jr. (BR)

Petrobras Junior

3

 

Enrique Bernoldi (BR)

Red Bull Junior

3

8

Tomas Enge (CZ)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

2

9=

Fabrizio Gollin (I)

Coloni

1

 

Soheil Ayari

Coloni

1

 

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