After revising some incidents from past races, and being always on the lookout to provide a better show (and safety for the drivers), the Committee of the Unseen has announced the following changes to the racers’ Formula with immediate effect:
Transmission Block (Shared Component): Power transmission is to be decreased by 63%
Please note that this change affects a Shared Component provided to all teams, so no work is expected from the teams other than testing under the new conditions.
Montmeló, Spain, May 9, 2021 – The time had come for the 4th Grand Prix of the season at Barcelona. The drivers had done a clean job at the qualifiers and the favorites were placed at the top positions. Would Kisielewicz be able to hold his lead with four strong drivers in front of him? there was only one way to know!
Queenscape had a good start with their drivers taking some distance from Majeyaux’ Simernino, while Casalini stayed a bit behind defending from an aggressive Kisielewicz who was looking forward to repeating the feat of Portugal; the Polish madman driver finally managed to win the position at the TV3 corner.
The Queenscape drivers fought each other for the first position until Jochen almost crashes at the same TV3 corner during Lap 2 and fell to position 9. The first four drivers (Biskup, Simernino, Kisielewicz, and Casalini) would hold to their positions until the end of the race after Jochen’s incident, albeit with a sizeable 4 seconds gap between Biskup and Casalini.
Wichman fell to the last position in the starting line, went past the slow Slashware car from Zapata, and then was stuck behind Geckinho’s strong defense until the Brazilian spun near curve 12 and yielded his position. Then, as he approached Denzi for position #5 in the final lap they were reached by Jochen on his way to recover from his initial incident. As Jochen tried to overcome both racers in corners 5-6, he missed the curve reentry and crashed in the same area that saw Slashware’s Gaburi did earlier on the race. Wichman was able to complete the first race on the season, albeit outside of the scoring positions.
Kisielewicz’ third position allows him to keep spot #1 in the tournament, but both Majeyaux drivers loom close. Biskup was the winner of the day gaining 2 positions at the table and closing the group of leaders. Jochen had a disappointing day and now completes 3 out of 4 DNFs, but his victory at Imola keeps him alive, and Denzi continues having a good tournament way ahead of the rest of the slower drivers. Wichman also gained a position over Gaburi, in virtue of finally finishing a race.
Biskups’s victory has served the purpose of Queenscape climbing to position #2 in the teams’ table, but Majeyaux has been doing a more constant work with their two drivers so still remains at a comfortable distance at position #1; likewise, Epona Nitro is going to need a better performance by Wichman if they want to have a serious chance at the teams standing.
Montmeló, Spain, May 7, 2021 – We traveled east and into the Catalonia region to witness a classic Grand Prix weekend. This circuit is well known by most of the drivers as it serves as a test-bed for many of the improvements done to the cars for every season, so we can expect every driver to be at their best and likely make little mistakes on their runs.
The qualifiers session went in smooth, with Biskup taking the pole position for a fourth time in a row, followed by his teammate, the Majeyaux racers, and the Eponas.
Energized from winning the Portugal GP, we saw Kisielewicz have a great qualifier, surpassing the Majeyaux for most of the track but finally yielding time in the long back straight and the subsequent corners. On the other hand, Denzi almost snatched position #6 from Wichman but he managed to keep it in the last straight.
Will Biskup use his pole position to improve his standings in the tournament? we’ll see what happens tomorrow!
Portimão, Portugal, May 2, 2021 – It is time for the third Grand Prix of the season. After a great qualifiers session, the Queenscape duo led the racers pack, hoping to fetch the first position of teams and pilots after the race; Majeyaux was not going to have an easy time catching up to them, after a difficult time trial which put 5 cars in between. The race looked hopeless for Kisielewicz and the Hatena and Slashware pack were ready for an interesting race holding back the Majeyaux while battling to the fourth or maybe even the third spot.
No one was ready for the race that was to unfold.
There were no surprises on the starting lane for Queenspace, but as the racers started dominating the first lap together, Jochen was unnecessarily aggressive with his teammate into the dangerous Lagos corner, crashing and almost ending Wichman’s race as well (he was lucky to make it through).
Kisielewicz, as mentioned, started from the last position, but jumped two positions in the starting lane and would then dash into 4th position leaving behind Simernino and the Slashware and Hatena cars; Simernino was soon on his tail tho, and claimed position #2 from Denzi as well, at the Samsung curve. Casalini, meanwhile, was still stuck at the back, unable to go past the Slashwares until Curve 13.
As Biskup was growing his advantage to the rest of the cars, he oversteered on curve #13, allowing for Simernino to get closer and closer, until they met at the Lagos curve on lap 2. Simernino attacked, but Biskup oversteered while defending, and Simernino couldn’t get back to the driving line timely and crashed. It was the second call in the race for Biskup at the Lagos corner.
The incident allowed Kisielewicz to take the lead for the first time in the year, although Biskup never gave up and kept a close distance to him. The fight for the first spot was intense towards the end of the race, and Biskup would finally meet again with the Lagos corner, this time ending the race as Jochen and Simernino had done previously. Kisielewicz would go on to score his first Grand Prix Victory!
Denzi had a great race, staying in place 3 and even surviving an effort by Casalini by the end of lap 2 who attacked when he was finally able to break free from the slow pack, only to lose traction of his car and fall back to the Hatena pair. After Biskup’s incident Denzi held into the second position, defending from an aggressive Casalini who came back for a second round and only managed to get the position in a thrilling photo-finish decider.
Wichman kept a low profile during the race, staying away from confrontation until the last lap when he tried to get Geckinho’s position #4 and crashed near Torre VIP, continuing his negative streak on the season, a shame for the Swedish driver who isn’t performing on par to his Polish teammate.
The great race for the Hatena was completed by Geckinho, who managed to survive the rugged race staying in the middle positions thru it and getting a #4 by the end. The Slashware cars crossed the finish line the last, but both managed to do so (an accomplishment for them as well).
After his first Grand Prix victory, Kisielewicz now leads the drivers’ championship, followed close by Casalini. The classification has shaken again with the Queenscape drivers diving down. Slashware Racing got his first championship point with Zapata’s 5th position on the race.
Kisielewicz’ victory also boosted his team to the second position in the teams’ championship, but Queenscape is not very far.
What a great start for the tournament, it seems anything can happen now! I’ll see you in a week for the Grand Prix of Spain where we’ll see if Queenscape manages to recover or the Epona team can continue their good run!
Portimão, Portugal, April 30, 2021 – We are now in the beautiful region of Algarve, ready to enjoy the beautiful and nerve-wracking Portimão Circuit, in what promises to be a weekend full of emotions.
Energized from a good weekend at Imola, the Queenscapes sought to continue their streak, with Majeyaux hoping to hold to their lead.
Both Kisielewicz and Simernino had issues on the Lagos corner, however, Simernino managed to maneuver back into the track to finish on spot #8, while Kisielewicz wasn’t as lucky and had to resort to the last position start. Casalini couldn’t handle the Portimão corner, thus making the first time none of the Majeyaux will start from advantaging positions.
With the Majeyaux retired, Biskup and Jochen built a great time advantage from the rest of the pack. Biskup claimed the Pole position yet again, and Wichman had a good #3 starting spot. Denzi was the fastest of the slow pack, followed by Zapata, Geckinho and Gaburi.
And so it was. The Queenscape team had an amazing race with Biskup starting strong and keeping the first position well until the final lap where he was overtaken by his teammate Jochen just by a close margin. Both cars kept a comfortable gap to the Majeyaux duo, which had a better performance by Casalini who seemed very comfortable at the track and ended up half a second ahead of his teammate at the finish line.
The back pack had some surprising action, with Wichman leading ahead in position #5 (at times getting really close to Simernino) and a good performance by Zapata trailing behind in the first lap. Kisielewicz woke up and dashed thru Zapata and Wichman to climb to position #5 before the end of lap 2. Wichman didn’t yield tho and fought for the last pointer position only to crash shortly afterward at the Acque Minerali curve, a second abandon for the Swedish pilot.
Gaburi had a race to forget, with a crash near the Tamburello variant in the first lap. Geckinho also crashed during the last lap at the Piratella corner seemingly struggling with an unwieldy Hatena that didn’t allow him to see any real action. Zapata had a decent race and almost managed to score points if not for the superb driving of Kisielewicz.
The scoreboard shook after this second race, but in spite of the great results of the Queenscape drivers, Simernino managed to keep the lead of the tournament to a quickly approaching Jochen, and Kisielewicz is still one position over Biskup. The Slashware drivers remain pointless and it seems they will have a hard time scoring during the tournament unless they develop some change in their strategy. Wichman stays at the bottom of the list with two DNFs.
Queenscape rose from the bottom into the second position in the teams’ ranking, will they climb to the top in the next race? I’ll see you at Portimão for the next FormulaProc GP!
In this second Grand Prix of the season, there’s hope the Queenscape team finally finds its way and can complete a race unscathed. They have already proved themselves to have a good car, but if they don’t start adding points to the table they may be in trouble down the road.
Imola is known for its dangerous corners, but luckily there weren’t any big surprises during the qualifying session; Perhaps all drivers played more safe, hoping to have better chances during the race.
Biskup won the pole again (hopefully he can make better use of it than he did in Bahrain!) this time followed by his teammate Jochen, and Casalini and Simernino followed. Kisielewicz had a good qualifier for spot #5, and Wichman stood next to him. The final pack of the Hatena and Slashware drivers had the surprise of Zapata climbing to position #8, surpassing the veteran driver Geckinho and his own teammate Gaburi, who didn’t have a great day.
Sahkir, Bahrain, March 28, 2021. We have seen a thrilling Grand Prix race under the weather of Bahrain, following up on a hot qualifier session.
Jochen started from the bottom of the list and quickly went to battle with Gaburi’s for position 6 into the Michael Schumacher turn where he managed to surpass her in a very close wheel-to-wheel duel. He would then try to reprise a similar maneuver in the hairpin curve vs. Denzi, but this time he couldn’t get thru the tight corner, ending up against the wall again. A bad start of the season for the young German driver who seems to be trying a bit too hard to impress his fans.
Biskup dominated the race from the pole position but he would meet the end of his race at the very same corner some laps later, leaving the Queenscape team with 0 points in this inaugural race.
Kisielewicz K. went on to attack the Majeyaux drivers from the green lights, engaging in a dogfight with Simernino and almost taking second place after the first lap. The battle for this spot went on for almost the entire second lap until Simernino was finally able to get off him. KIS would drive to the finish line to end in spot #2 after Biskup’s accident, with Simernino taking the top spot and Casalini completing the podium completing a great start for the French team.
KIS’s teammate Wichman, on the other hand, didn’t have a very good race, sandwiched between the Hatena and Slashware machines, he ended up against a wall when trying to overtake Gaburi for position #6.
On the back pack, Denzi had the better performance followed by his teammate and then both Slashware racers who managed to finish the race at least, with Zapata trailing the winner by over 6 seconds.
It has been some months after the exhibition race in Belgium, and the teams were ready to get into real action for 2021.
Geckinho was the first causality of the track; starting from position #10 he went into a great sprint, and then tried to grab Wichman’s position #6 driving too fast into the Michael Schumacher curve #1.
Meanwhile, both Queenscape drivers had a great start, running much faster than any other car on the track, perhaps too fast for Jochen, who was unable to brake enough to pass safely thru the hairpin corner.
Kisielewicz had a great race, performing better at times than the Majeyaux duo, but his car in the end just couldn’t be fast enough and had to settle with position #4.
Zapata kept struggling with the slow Slashware car and ended up off the track in the blind curve, while Wichman, Denzi, and Gaburi drove more carefully and managed to cross the finish line.
The Epona cars closed the gap with the Majeyaux a little bit when compared to the previous race, while the Slashware racers still seem to be finding their way. Jochen will start again from the backline, hopefully managing to drive harmless through curve #1.
The pole position goes for Biskup, who will not have an easy time in the race tomorrow with both Majeyaux drivers on his tail.
Stavelot, Belgium, December 11, 2020: In anticipation of the 2021 season, a race was held at Spa-Francorchamps where the teams got a chance to test their new cars and get some experience for their drivers.
Qualification Round – December 9, 2020
The Queenscape and Majeaux cars dominated the first half of the qualification, however, crashes for Simernino, Biskup and Jochen would relegate them to start at the end of the grid, with Casalini taking the pole position and giving a chance to both Epona Nitro drivers to start behind at positions #2 and #3.
The Hatena and Slashware cars had a distinctive lower performance compared to the pole-takers, but in the end, the Japanese team prevailed, with the debutant Colombian team sticking to positions #6 and #7, only in front of the crashed cars. An interesting setup in the back, how much will they be able to contain the powerful Queenscapes? will the German team have the patience to chase the slower cars into the front positions?
Overall a bad day for the favorites Queenscape. Hopefully, they can make a good show during the race.
Exhibition Race Day – December 10, 2020
The race started with Kisielewicz #2 charging directly at Casalini, only to hit a wall at La Source and be taken out of the race far too quick, leaving Casalini free to fly away from the slower Hatena driven by Geckinho and stay in that position for the rest of the race.
Both Queenscape cars, as well as Simernino chasing from the back, were stopped in their tracks by the slower Slashware racer of Gaburi. Simernino pushed on, only to crash near the Raidilon while trying to overtake Jochen.
A gap developed between Geckinho (#2) and Wichman (#3) who was, in turn, being chased aggressively by Zapata, whose slower car would end up being surpassed by Denzi’s Hatena on his way to meet his teammate. Meanwhile, both Queenscape cars still couldn’t manage to pass thru Gaburi, who was doing great contention work while her teammate rode far in the chase for #4.
The Queenscape cars finally managed to go past Gaburi by the end of lap 1 and after the first corner. Then Wichman, who had had a great race so far, crashed near Raidilon (which had already caused Simernino his race) allowing both Hatenas to get positions #2 and #3.
With Gaburi out of the way, the Queenscape rode to attack Zapata’s SWR01. But Zapata didn’t yield and Biskup had to give out many overtaking efforts including one at Blanchimont which almost costs him the race. However, he took the risk at La Source (where Kisielewicz crashed at lap 1) and finally passed thru Zapata, putting his engine on fire he quickly passed Denzi’s Hatena, while Jochen would still be kept away by Zapata for some corners until he was finally overtaken in the double gauche.
The struggle for #3 was tense during the last lap, as Denzi recovered his position and finally surpassed his teammate Geckinho, for the Hatena to finish #2 and #3, followed by Queenscape’s Biskup and Jochen, and the Slashware’s Zapata and Gaburi closing the list of finishing cars.
Casalini dominated the race at spot #1 from start to end, making us wonder what would have happened if the Queenscapes (and his teammate) have had better luck during the qualifiers. The worst part of the race went for Kisielewicz, for which we had great hopes after what we saw in the qualifiers (and the Epona racers seem to be in great shape, based on the performance we saw from Wichman).
And that’s it for this exhibition race! we can’t help but wonder what amazing things the 2021 tournament will bring! We’ll see you soon at the Bahrain Formula Proc Grand Prix!