Paddock Postcard from Hockenheim 25 Jul 2010
Danny Spin to Win Sullivan, the former Tyrrell Grand Prix driver and famed 1985 Indianapolis 500 winner is the stewards advisor this weekend in Hockenheim, and was joined in the paddock by fellow ChampCar racer Adrian Fernandes who was there along with fellow Mexican drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.
Former Andrea Moda F1 driver Perry McCarthy also made a brief appearance, while other familiar racing faces included Andrew Kirkcaldy, Kris Nissen (now the head of Volkswagen Motorsport), Australian Grand Prix steward and former Brabham/Surtees racer Tim Schenken, double world champion Mika Hakkinen, Carlos Sainz Snr, former Bridgestone engineer Kees van der Grint, former Sauber team manager and A1GP series-winning team owner Max Welti, TAG Porsche turbo V6 engine designer Hans Metzger, and former BMW Sauber F1 luminaries Mario Theissen, Jorg Kottmeier and Guido Stalmann.
A relatively low-key 50-year celebration of Hockenheims 40-year involvement in F1, held at the circuits museum on Thursday evening, also showed highlights of an excellent new 90-minute documentary film by Eberhard Reus on posthumous world champion Jochen Rindt, who won the first Grand Prix here in 1970 shortly before his death at Monza on September 5.
On track, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado claimed his third GP2 win of the season on Saturday and extended his championship lead for Rapax, as he led home Mexicos Sergio Perez (Barwa Addax) and Frances Charles Pic (Arden International).
Former F1 racer Romain Grosjeans return to racing was stymied from the start when his DAMS car was hit from behind by Christian Vietoris (Racing Engineering). Britains Oliver Turvey was eighth for iSport and thus starts Sundays sprint race from pole.
Jack Harvey for once didnt win in Formula BMW. The British teenager was third in Saturdays race for Fortec behind Swedens Timmy Hansen (Mucke Motorsport) and Hollands Robin Frijns (Josef Kaufman Racing), racing on a damp but drying track.
Canadas Rob Wickens took the GP3 honours for the first time for Status Grand Prix after a dramatic Saturday race which required two starts. He passed poleman Josef Newgarden (Carlin) and Britains James Jakes (Manor Racing) on the opening lap and stayed in front despite a safety-car deployment. Newgarden was later passed by RSC Mucke Motorsports Renger van der Zande and ART Grand Prixs Esteban Gutierrez. The restart was short-lived, however, after Wickens team mate Daniel Morad, ARTs Alexander Rossi and MW Ardens Michael Christensen clashed, causing the race to be red flagged again. Wickens controlled things after the second restart, and set fastest lap too.
Sunday mornings GP2 sprint race saw Perez win with relative ease from polesitter Turvey and Tridents Adrian Zaugg. Grosjean had a much better outing, climbing his was confidently through the field, only to then clash with series leader Maldonado late on in an incident that saw both men retire.
Victory in the GP3 sprint went to Esteban Gutierrez, his third of the season, in a race that finished under the safety car after a late accident involving Jakes and Newgarden. Second place went to early leader Daniel Juncadella, with Stefano Coletti winning a scrap with Felipe Guimaraes for third.