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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Rookie Lorandi tops free Pau practice

May 15th, 2015

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Rookie Alessio Lorandi set the fastest time in free practice for the Pau Grand Prix round of the Formula 3 European Championship. The 16-year-old Italian, run by Van Amersfoort Racing, drove flamboyantly from the start in wet conditions, and set the quickest lap during a small window when the track briefly began drying out at the start of his group’s second session. It was a good recovery from an ignominious end to his first session – Lorandi finished that one in third place behind Jake Dennis and Gustavo Menezes, but hit the barriers at the small chicane just before the end of the lap after the chequered flag. Sporting a gashed finger, Lorandi – on only his third race weekend in cars – said: “It was really good but I [...]

Russell pinpoints Pau fightback

May 13th, 2015

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McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell has pinpointed this weekend’s Pau Grand Prix round of the Formula 3 European Championship to get his title bid back on track. The 17-year-old Brit followed up a win at Silverstone on his first F3 weekend with a tough outing at Hockenheim, where he netted just two points for a ninth-place finish. Carlin driver Russell is one of just 10 drivers from the 35-strong field to have experience of Pau, having contested last year’s Formula Renault ALPS support races on the French street circuit. Prior experience of Pau is even more important this year – due to the size of the field, the drivers have also been split into groups for free practice, giving each only 40 minutes to learn the track instead [...]

Malja joins Euro F3 field for Pau

May 11th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 racer Gustav Malja will make a one-off appearance in the Formula 3 European championship in Pau this weekend. The Swedish driver has joined the Eurointernational squad in the French event, using it as preparation for the FR3.5 round on the streets of Monaco the following week. Malja will race the car vacated on the eve of the season by GP3 racer Marvin Kirchhofer, and it will be a one-car operation due to Eurointernational’s other driver Nicolas Beer being injured at Hockenheim. “Racing at Pau this weekend is exactly the kind of preparation I need ahead of Monaco,” said Malja, who will test with Eurointernational at Franciacorta on Tuesday. “I have never driven at a street circuit before, and this will give me some vital experience of that. [...]

Lynn secures maiden GP2 win

May 10th, 2015

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Williams Formula 1 protege Alex Lynn claimed his maiden GP2 victory in the sprint race at Barcelona. The DAMS driver started fourth on the grid, passing wheelspinning team-mate Pierre Gasly and Raffele Marciello to run second by the first corner. He then tracked pole-position starter Norman Nato’s Arden machine, closing in on him using the DRS on the start/finish straight and taking the lead into Turn 1. Lynn subsequently consolidated his lead, with championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne, who started eighth after winning Saturday’s feature race, moved up to second. Vandoorne closed in on Lynn just after half-distance and looked to be lining up an attack, only for Lynn to respond. Last year’s GP3 champion crossed the line 2.2 seconds ahead of Vandoorne. While Marciello spun at the restart after an [...]

GP2 clears DRS for sprint race use

May 10th, 2015

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The DRS will be used for Sunday’s GP2 sprint race at Barcelona after problems suffered during Saturday’s event. GP2 boss Bruno Michel said after race one that the series would investigate the problem, which led to the DRS being unusable for a significant proportion of the feature race, and only use it for race two if it was “100 per cent sure” there would not be a repeat. But it has now been confirmed that the DRS, which operates on the same timing system as the one used for Formula 1 using the same activation zones and detection areas, can be used again. Arden International driver Norman Nato starts on pole position ahead of DAMS driver Pierre Gasly. GP2 debutant Nick Yelloly, who lines up for the returning Hilmer Motorsport [...]

GP2 to make DRS call for race two

May 9th, 2015

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The DRS will only be used in tomorrow’s GP2 sprint race at Barcelona if organisers are “100 per cent sure” it will work following problems in today’s feature event. The new-for-2015 DRS was not usable for a significant proportion of the race before re-activating in the closing stages. The DRS appeared not to be working from the start despite race control messages to the contrary. GP2 boss Bruno Michel would not confirm the nature of the problems, but he said that they are being thoroughly investigated. “We are looking into it – EM [Motorsport, which produced the system], FOM timing, everybody and we will decide tomorrow morning what we will do,” Michel told AUTOSPORT. “If we are not 100 per cent sure, we will disable it tomorrow and we will [...]

Vandoorne resists Evans for victory

May 9th, 2015

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McLaren Formula 1 junior Stoffel Vandoorne bagged his second GP2 victory of the season after keeping a charging Mitch Evans at arm’s length in the closing stages at Barcelona. ART Grand Prix driver Vandoorne held the lead from pole position, although Alex Lynn did attempt to attack down the inside on the run to the first corner but failed to make the move stick, subsequently being passed around the outside by DAMS team-mate Pierre Gasly. Vandoorne then pulled a small cushion on Gasly, before making his pitstop on lap seven having started on the soft rubber. Gasly pitted on the same lap, with Lynn in a lap later, leaving hard-tyre starters Mitch Evans, Rossi, Ryo Haryanto and Raffaele Marciello up front. But those who pitted early were frustrated in their [...]

Vandoorne takes record-breaking pole

May 8th, 2015

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McLaren Formula 1 junior Stoffel Vandoorne claimed a record sixth consecutive GP2 pole position in qualifying for the second round of the series at Barcelona. The Belgian, whose run of poles stretches back to the Spa 2014 round last August, had dominated free practice and carried that form into qualifying, earning the four bonus points available to extend his championship lead. The ART driver immediately asserted himself in the session, going fastest during the first of two runs on soft-compound Pirellis, 0.148s faster than Alex Lynn’s DAMS entry. It wasn’t until the final six minutes that improvements started to come on drivers’ second runs, with Vandoorne consolidating his advantage by finding half-a-second to improve to a 1m29.273s. Although Lynn did dipped under Vandoorne’s first-run time, this was after the Belgian [...]

Vandoorne dominates Barcelona practice

May 8th, 2015

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GP2 points leader Stoffel Vandoorne dominated the free practice session for the second round of the series at Barcelona. The McLaren junior, driving for the ART Grand Prix team, outpaced his nearest challenger – Russian Time’s Mitch Evans – by 0.581 seconds during the 45 minutes of running. Racing Engineering driver Alexander Rossi and Evans briefly disputed top spot with Vandoorne, before the Belgian banged in two laps quick enough to finish on top. He relegated Evans to second place with a time of 1m30.415s, later improving that to 1m30.171s to put the rest of the field in the shade. Rossi ended up third, six tenths off the pace and ahead of the DAMS entry of Pierre Gasly. Nathanael Berthon, fresh from the Lazarus squad’s maiden GP2 podium in Bahrain [...]

Hilmer returns with Cecotto, Yelloly

May 7th, 2015

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The Hilmer Motorsport team will return to the GP2 grid at Barcelona this weekend after signing Johnny Cecotto Jr and Nick Yelloly. The German squad withdrew from the opening round of the season in Bahrain three weeks ago, with team principal Franz Hilmer citing an inability to find drivers with the necessary budget. But it has now recruited four-time GP2 race winner Cecotto and former Formula Renault 3.5 frontrunner Yelloly. The team is understood still to be in negotiations with both drivers for the longer-term, but a spokesperson confirmed that the aim is for the pair to continue with the team for the rest of the season. Yelloly tested for the team on all three days of the second pre-season test in Bahrain and will make his GP2 debut this [...]

Drivers adjusting to F3 handbrake ban

May 5th, 2015

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Prema Powerteam boss Rene Rosin is confident that his driver Jake Dennis will not suffer any further problems with the revised start system for this year’s Formula 3 European Championship. Dennis, the 2012 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner, stalled on the green-flag lap of the second race of last weekend’s Hockenheim round, and had to start from the pitlane. F3 formerly used handbrake systems, developed by each team, to ‘preload’ the car and launch it off the line, but these have been banned from 2015. Dennis is the first frontrunning driver to suffer a stall, and said immediately after the race: “I’m finding it hard to get my head around this new system.” But Rosin believes the Racing Steps Foundation protege will soon adapt. “These drivers get used to things [...]

Domenicali flags junior class age limits

May 4th, 2015

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FIA Single Seater Commission president Stefano Domenicali has revealed that he is open to introducing limits on age and experience for the governing body’s junior categories. Ex-Ferrari F1 chief Domenicali, who took over the presidency from Gerhard Berger last December, is concerned that drivers staying on too long at the same level could hamper the development of younger competitors. “We don’t want the intermediate championships – Formula 3, even Formula 4 and in the future Formula 2 – to have drivers who stay there for many, many years,” Domenicali said in an interview in this week’s AUTOSPORT magazine. “That means that there is something that is not right. “If the system is right, it will pull the growth of the drivers and, for the others who are not really at [...]

Leclerc triumphs in thrilling finale

May 3rd, 2015

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Charles Leclerc won a thrilling wet Formula 3 European Championship finale at Hockenheim after an epic fight with Felix Rosenqvist. After a safety-car start, Rosenqvist got the hammer down at the green flag to begin the first proper lap of racing with a one-second advantage. The Swede had built this to 1.5s within three laps, but then F3 rookie Leclerc began to trim it back. Leclerc had moved right onto Rosenqvist’s tail by the 10th lap when he had a big moment at the Sachskurve, but gathered himself together and set off once more after the leading Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes, which was suffering from overheating rear tyres. On the 12th lap he was close enough to have a look at the Spitzkehre hairpin, but made light contact with Rosenqvist’s right-rear [...]

European F3 drops Moscow for Algarve

May 3rd, 2015

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The Formula 3 European Championship has canned its Moscow Raceway round and will visit the Algarve circuit instead. The Russian event proved unpopular last year, and was skipped by three teams, who all cited the cost of travelling to the venue. The current political situation regarding Russia has added to the unease about supporting the late-August DTM races this year, and teams began lobbying for an alternative at the Valencia test in March. Series organisers have lined up an alternative one week later, with F3 supporting the Blancpain Sprint Series at the Algarve track on September 4-6. They will also get a two-day official test at the Portimao-based venue on September 1-2. A series statement said: “Due to the huge logistical efforts and the accordingly high travel expenses, teams had [...]

Rosenqvist dominates at Hockenheim

May 2nd, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist pulverised his Formula 3 European Championship opposition in the second race of the weekend at Hockenheim to win by nine seconds. From pole position, the Swede made a great start and disappeared into the distance in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes. Rosenqvist was 8.6 seconds to the good on the 19th lap of 22 when he had his only difficulty of the race: lapping the stubborn Mahaveer Raghunathan. “It was perfect – a boring race for everyone except me!” said the Macau Grand Prix winner. “The car was just fantastic: we knew already from qualifying that there was extra pace to show. Perfect start; perfect race.” Top rookie Charles Leclerc settled into second place from his front-row starting position, but the Monegasque had no answer to Rosenqvist’s pace in [...]

Beer sidelined with broken vertebra

May 2nd, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship driver Nicolas Beer has been ruled out of the remainder of this weekend’s Hockenheim event due to fracturing his fifth vertebra in Friday’s opening race. The Dane was hit by Tatiana Calderon when the Colombian missed her braking into Turn 2, with Beer’s EuroInternational team telling AUTOSPORT that the impact was 20g. Beer stayed in hospital under observation on Friday night and has been declared unfit to race, with a further observation required before the next round in Pau in two weeks’ time. EuroInternational has repaired Beer’s Dallara-Mercedes, which would be ready to race if the driver was uninjured. It is a further blow not only for Beer, who was hospitalised with concussion after an Imola testing crash in March, but for EuroInternational , as the [...]

Giovinazzi beats Rosenqvist in wet

May 1st, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi held off Felix Rosenqvist in a wet first race at Hockenheim to take his first win of the season and extend his Formula 3 European Championship points lead. The Italian made a bold outside move on poleman Rosenqvist on the outside of the Spitzkehre hairpin on the opening lap, and was never headed thereafter. Despite the soggy conditions it was a proper racing start, but the race went three times under caution, and eventually finished behind the safety car with Giovinazzi’s Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen in front. The regular interruptions potentially prevented a Rosenqvist attack on the lead, as Giovinazzi found he was struggling towards the end of the race, while the Swede’s Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes looked relatively strong. Even so, Giovinazzi crucially held a speed advantage in Turn 2 [...]

Rosenqvist completes pole hat-trick

May 1st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist put in a sublime performance in second Hockenheim Formula 3 European Championship qualifying to complete a hat-trick of poles for the weekend. On a wet track and under light drizzle, the Swede was visibly quicker than the field, which he initially led by more than two seconds in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes. There was a red flag just before three-quarters distance, by which point rookie Charles Leclerc – on his first taste of Hockenheim in the wet – had cut the gap to Rosenqvist to just under a second, despite an off-track moment early in the session as he entered the final stadium section. The red flag was caused by an altercation at the final corner between George Russell and Matt Solomon, continuing Briton Russell’s miserable weekend – [...]

Kirchhofer pulls plug on F3 drive

April 30th, 2015

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GP3 racer Marvin Kirchhofer has pulled the plug on his parallel Formula 3 European Championship programme with EuroInternational at the eleventh hour. The Italian team’s boss Antonio Ferrari said that Kirchhofer notified the team by email last Sunday that he would not compete in this weekend’s round at Hockenheim because of the difficulties in readjusting his driving style from an F3 car to his GP3 machine, which is his priority this season. The German missed the opening F3 round at Silverstone due to a clashing GP3 test, but he was clear to compete in nine of the remaining 10 events. He took part in the pre-race Silverstone test, which he ended in eighth place. EuroInternational made no announcement of the situation, as the team was hoping that Kirchhofer would change [...]

Rosenqvist pips Giovinazzi to pole

April 30th, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist pipped Antonio Giovinazzi to pole position for the first Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Hockenheim. With traffic causing huge problems in the 35-car field, the Swedish F3 veteran had just one crack at a hot lap, and it was enough to deny the Italian by 0.014 seconds. Rosenqvist joined the session late in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes, and was yet to set a representative time when the red flags appeared after 10 minutes due to Alexander Albon skating into the gravel trap at the Sachskurve. The Thai, who reported brake problems, dived inside Brandon Maisano but was unable to make the corner and only narrowly avoided the barriers. Giovinazzi was seemingly alone among the frontrunners in finding a clear run of laps with his [...]