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The numbers from Pirelli`s 2016 Formula 1 season

Total number of tyres supplied in 2016: 42,792

“This has been an incredible season both on and off the track: here are a few facts and figures as a souvenir of a year that will go down in history. Pirelli has introduced a brand new compound – the ultrasoft – and also new regulations that allowed teams to use three compounds during each race, selected in advance. This extra tactical intrigue proved to be a highlight of the year, enhancing the show still further. We also had the final season of tyres with a deliberately high level of degradation, as from next year we adopt a new philosophy in line with the latest direction for the sport. At the same time as completing this season, we were testing for the next one: both using prototypes in 2016 dimensions, and then, from August, prototypes in 2017 size on adapted mule cars over 24 cumulative test days. As a result of that, and the biggest calendar ever featured in the sport, we completed a longer distance, at higher levels of performance, than has ever been seen before in the history of Formula 1.”
Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director


TYRES

  • Total number of tyres supplied in 2016: 42,792
  • Of these, 38,112 were supplied for race weekends and 4,680 for testing
  • Of the 42,792 tyres, 28,188 were slicks and 14,604 were rain or intermediate tyres
  • Total number of tyres used during race weekends: 15,652, of which 13,844 were slick tyres and 1,808 were rain or intermediates
  • Total number of tyres that were recycled: all
  • Maximum number of kilometres driven on each compound (excluding tests):
    Hard: 759 km (Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull)
    Medium: 3,597 km (Valtteri Bottas, Williams)
    Soft: 6,566 km (Sergio Perez, Force India)
    Supersoft: 4,598 km (Valtteri Bottas, Williams)
    Ultrasoft: 2,052 km (Nico Rosberg, Mercedes)
    Intermediate: 444 km (Jenson Button, McLaren)
    Wet: 523km (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)

 

PIT STOPS

  • Total number of pit stops: 933, of which 4 drive-throughs and one was a stop and go)
  • This makes an average of 44.4 per race, and 2.01 per driver in each race
  • Most pit stops in a race: 66 at the Chinese Grand Prix
  • Fewest pit stops in a race: 26 in Russia

 

OVERTAKING

  • Total number of overtaking manoeuvres during the season: 866 (*), with an average of 41.2 per race
  • Highest number of overtaking manoeuvres at a dry race: 128 in China (**)
  • Highest number of overtaking manoeuvres at a wet race: 64 in Brazil
  • Fewest number of overtaking manoeuvres at a dry race: 10 in Hungary
  • Driver with the most overtaking manoeuvres during the year: Max Verstappen, 78(**)
  • Driver with the most overtaking manoeuvres at a single race: 18, Lewis Hamilton in China
  • Driver who has been overtaken least: Sebastian Vettel, one time (by Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix, 66th lap, 5th position)
  • Driver who made up most places on the opening lap: Fernando Alonso, who gained 41 positions on the opening lap
  • Team that carried out most overtaking: Red Bull, 136 moves (**) – 61 by Daniel Ricciardo, 60 by Max Verstappen, 15 by Daniil Kvyat
  • Team that has been overtaken least: Mercedes, seven times (Nico Rosberg four, Lewis Hamilton three)

(*) How overtaking moves are calculated: an overtaking manoeuvre is counted as one that takes place during complete flying laps (so not on the opening lap) and is then maintained all the way to the lap’s finish line. Position changes due to major mechanical problems or lapping/unlapping are not counted.
(**) It’s the highest value since 1983 (the first year since when data is available)

 

 

CIRCUITS AND RACING

  • Longest race of the season: Brazil, three hours, one minute and 01,335 seconds
  • Shortest race of the year: Italy, one hour, 17 minutes and 28,089 seconds
  • Fastest race of the year: Italy, winner’s average speed (Nico Rosberg), 237.558 kph
  • Highest speed reached by a Pirelli P Zero Formula One tyre during a grand prix: 372.5 km/h, Valtteri Bottas in Mexico (*)
  • Highest number of fastest laps: Lewis Hamilton, 15 (3 in races and 12 in qualifying)
  • Highest number of laps led: 566 (Lewis Hamilton)

(*) New record in an official F1 session (previous: 370,1 kph, Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian Grand Prix, 2005)

 

 

2017 WIDER TYRE TESTS

  • Number of prototypes tested: 96
  • Tyres’ width: +25%
  • Teams involved in Pirelli’s testing programme: 3 (Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull)
  • Drivers involved: 11, of which 4 Ferrari, 4 Red Bull and 3 Mercedes
  • Days of testing: 24
  • Laps: 2,613
  • Total of kilometres: 12,148 km
  • Circuits: 5 (Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Fiorano, Mugello, Paul Ricard)

 

KILOMETRES TESTED WITH WIDER TYRES

  • Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes): 3,248
  • Pierre Gasly (Red Bull): 2,494
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 2,228
  • Sébastien Buemi (Red Bull): 1,190
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari): 1,054
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull): 517
  • Esteban Gutiérrez (Ferrari): 480
  • Antonio Fuoco (Ferrari): 478
  • Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 209
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 200
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 50

 

 

PIRELLI IN FORMULA ONE (SINCE 1950)

  • Races: 320
  • Wins: 161
  • Pole positions: 164
  • Podiums: 490
  • Fastest laps: 168
  • Driver titles: 11
  • Team titles: 6

 

OTHER INTERESTING NUMBERS

  • Number of drivers (including third drivers and young drivers) who have driven a Pirelli-equipped Formula One car since 2010: 102
  • Kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds throughout 2016 (including tests, practice, qualifying and races): 384,705 km (excluding prototype tyres)
  • By compound, it works out as: Hard 14,236; Medium 99,447; Soft 133,988; Supersoft 86,014; Ultrasoft 31,647; Intermediate 8,278; Wet 11,095
  • Distance covered in testing during 2016 (excluding race weekends): 61,772 km, of which over 12,000 km with 2017 Wider Tyres
  • Distance covered in races in 2016: 123,534 km
  • Number of fastest laps (in qualifying and races) set by the world champion in 2016: 14 (six in races and eight in qualifying)
  • Lowest average speed at which a dry race has been won in 2016: 159.992 kph(Nico Rosberg, Singapore Grand Prix)
  • Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 15°C in Canada
  • Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 13°C in Mexico.
  • Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 59°C in Malaysia
  • Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 61°C, again in Malaysia
  • Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 11°C in Canada
  • Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 11°C in Canada
  • Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 37°C in Malaysia
  • Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 37°C in Malaysia

 

 

PIRELLI TEAM AND ITS GUESTS

  • Pirelli team members who travel to each race: 60 (on average)
  • Nationalities represented within the Pirelli Formula One team: 9
  • Different languages spoken by team members: 10
  • Press releases written by Pirelli Formula One Team: 234
  • Infographics: 210
  • Tweets sent by @PirelliSport account via Twitter: 2,100
  • Pirelli notebooks distributed throughout the season inside the paddock: 2,550
  • Guests: 5,600
  • Pirelli podium caps sold: 15,000

 

 

PIRELLI’S HOSPITALITY IN 2016 

  • Meals served within Pirelli’s hospitality unit (including tests): 15,600
  • Litres of water drunk in Pirelli’s hospitality during the year: 10,200
  • Kilograms of pasta cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 900
  • Pizzas cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 420
  • Number of different dessert recipes prepared at Pirelli’s Hospitality unit: 50
  • Desserts eaten at Pirelli’s hospitality: 7,500
  • Coffees served at Pirelli’s: almost 30,000
  • Litres of olive oil used during the year: 500

 


 

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A dream fulfilled: Nico Rosberg ends his racing career

For the team, this is an unexpected situation but also an exciting one. We are going into a new era of technical regulations and there is a free Mercedes cockpit for the seasons ahead.

2016 FIA Formula One World Champion elect Nico Rosberg today announced that he will stop racing in Formula One with immediate effect.

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas, F1

In an emotional address prior to the 2016 FIA Prize Giving in Vienna, Austria, Nico revealed the reasons behind his decision, which was reached following his crowning achievement in Abu Dhabi last Sunday.

Nico has competed in a total of 206 Grands Prix and won 23 of them, placing him joint 12th on the all-time list alongside Nelson Piquet. He has scored 30 pole positions (8th all time) and 20 fastest laps.

Last Sunday in Abu Dhabi, he became the first German driver to win a Formula One World Championship at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow.

 

Nico Rosberg:

“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

“This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting our championship first.

“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.

“The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a tough situation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people, the Silver Arrows.

“Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”

Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff:

“This is a brave decision by Nico and testament to the strength of his character. He has chosen to leave at the pinnacle of his career, as World Champion, having achieved his childhood dream. The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me.

“It’s impossible to capture the essence of a person in a few short words. But Nico has a special combination of natural talent and fighting spirit that have brought him to where he is today. Throughout his career, people have thought he was on a golden path to success just because his father was a World Champion; in fact, I think in some ways that made the challenge greater – and meant he had to fight even harder with the weight of expectation on his shoulders.

“With Mercedes, Nico has been a relentless competitor, bouncing back from tough times in an inspirational way, and he earned the respect of the sport with his tenacity, his fighting spirit and his grace under pressure. Since 2010, he has poured competitive energy into our team and we have grown stronger because of it. We simply say ‘thank you’ for the incredible contribution he has made to our success, alongside two of the all-time great drivers, Michael and Lewis.

“For the team, this is an unexpected situation but also an exciting one. We are going into a new era of technical regulations and there is a free Mercedes cockpit for the seasons ahead. We will take the necessary time to evaluate our options and then find the right path for our future.”

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Pirelli – Race Notes from Abu Dhabi GP 2016 + Infographics

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race Notes and Infographics.

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race

HAMILTON WINS RACE WHILE HIS MERCEDES TEAM MATE ROSBERG
WINS CHAMPIONSHIP: BOTH USE IDENTICAL TWO-STOP STRATEGIES

ALTERNATIVE DOUBLE-STOPPER USED BY FERRARI’S
SEBASTIAN VETTEL TO FINISH ON PODIUM

FINAL DEVELOPMENT TEST ON TUESDAY AS THREE TEAMS
TRY OUT 2017 TYRES WITH MULE CARS TOGETHER


Yas Marina, November 27, 2016 – The final race in the era of deliberately high tyre degradation came to an end with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and his team mate Nico Rosberg finishing second to win the drivers’ world championship for the first time.

Both Mercedes drivers used an identical two-stop strategy, starting on the ultrasoft and then changing twice to the soft within a single lap of each other on both occasions.

A different strategy was adopted by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who used all three compounds: starting on the ultrasoft, switching to the soft and then ending the race on the supersoft. Vettel was the fastest man on the track in the closing stages, moving up the leaderboard to threaten the leaders and provide a dramatic finish to the race.

The only drivers in the top 10 not to start on the ultrasoft were the two Red Bull drivers. Despite a spin at the start of the race following contact, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was able to climb to second overall before making his single stop. Verstappen was the only one of frontrunners to stop just once, maximizing his first supersoft stint to gain track position and eventually finish fourth.

On Tuesday, the final development test for the completely new 2017 tyres will take place, with Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari all taking to the track with their modified 2015 mule cars together for the first time. The next wider generation of tyres is designed to provide less degradation, introducing a new philosophy for the technical revolution that will provide even more performance next year.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The decision taken by Red Bull yesterday to start on the supersoft was pivotal to the race today, with Max Verstappen making the most of a creative one-stop strategy to challenge the two-stoppers. Sebastian Vettel also capitalised on the performance of the supersoft to move up in the closing stages. Congratulations to Nico Rosberg for winning his first world title, and we’d also like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to Felipe Massa and Jenson Button, who both ended their fantastic Formula 1 careers today. Now that the 2016 season is over, our focus already switches to next year – starting on Tuesday, when we undertake our final development test for the new 2017 wider tyres, using all three mule cars together for the first time.”

Fastest times of the day by compound

Soft Supersoft Ultrasoft
First RIC 1m44.889s VET 1m43.729s HAM 1m46.191s
Second HAM 1m45.137s ALO 1m44.495s ROS 1m46.394s
Third RAI 1m45.163s GRO 1m44.970s RAI 1m46.479s

Longest stint of the race:

Soft Ericsson 38 laps
Supersoft Verstappen 21
Ultrasoft Perez 9

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Abu Dhabi race winner is Lewis Hamilton, but the 2016 World Champion is Nico Rosberg

A big congratulation to the fantastic Mercedes AMG F1 Team. What a fantastic season you have had!

From Formula1.com


POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 55 1:38:04.013 25
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 55 +0.439s 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 55 +0.843s 15
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 55 +1.685s 12
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 55 +5.315s 10
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 55 +18.816s 8
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 55 +50.114s 6
8 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 55 +58.776s 4
9 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 55 +59.436s 2
10 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 55 +59.896s 1
11 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 55 +76.777s 0
12 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 55 +95.113s 0
13 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 54 +1 lap 0
14 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 54 +1 lap 0
15 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 54 +1 lap 0
16 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 54 +1 lap 0
17 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 54 +1 lap 0
NC 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 41 DNF 0
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 14 DNF 0
NC 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 12 DNF 0
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 6 DNF 0
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 5 DNF 0
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Tyre sets available for the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sets available for the race – Infographics

 

 

 

Sets available for the race – Infographics

Sets available for the race – Infographics

 

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Great interview with Ricciardo and Verstappen

Red Bull Racing 2016

Join Daniel and Max on a sofa talking all things Formula One as we review our 2016 season. We get Max’s thoughts about the reaction to him joining Red Bull Racing, opinions about his driving and his feelings during the last few laps of the Brazilian GP. Daniel reveals where he thought he would finish at the start of the season, as well as reflecting on the Monaco GP and his win in Malaysia. We top things off with some light hearted chat between the pair about fame and good hair days!


 

 

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Pirelli notes from the Qualifying for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – 2016

In line with expectations, track and air temperatures dropped throughout each session, meaning that the quickest times tended to come right at the end.

 

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Qualifying

TRACK EVOLUTION AND FALLING TEMPERATURES MEANS THAT TIMES
SPEED UP RAPIDLY THROUGHOUT EACH QUALIFYING SESSION

MERCEDES ONE-TWO ON ULTRASOFT WITH HAMILTON BEATING
ROSBERG, WHILE RED BULL DRIVERS WILL START ON THE SUPERSOFT

TWO PIT STOPS LIKELY FOR THE RACE: STRATEGY WILL BE CRUCIAL
ON A TRACK WHERE IT IS HARD TO OVERTAKE


Yas Marina, November 26, 2016 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s world championship decider from pole position after setting a time of 1m38.755s on the ultrasoft tyre. This was a second and a half faster than last year’s pole, when the supersoft was the softest available compound.

In line with expectations, track and air temperatures dropped throughout each session, meaning that the quickest times tended to come right at the end. All the drivers were straight onto the ultrasoft in Q1, with the exception of the Williams drivers. Only Valtteri Bottas managed to get through to Q2 with the supersoft only.

Having gone fastest in Q1 on the ultrasoft, Hamilton lowered his benchmark in Q2 on a fresh set of the same compound, with both him and his team mate completing only one run to place first and second.

Red Bull was the only team to take an alternative approach to the Q2 session by running the supersoft, which is around 0.7 seconds slower than the ultrasoft but can last longer. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will start from third and sixth on the grid tomorrow: the only cars in the top 10 to begin the grand prix on the supersoft. Both Red Bull drivers completed their final Q2 runs on the ultrasoft, without improving their previous times.

The final top 10 shoot-out was mostly contested over two runs, with Hamilton’s pole time on the second run coming close to the absolute qualifying record set in 2011.

The most likely strategy tomorrow is for two pit stops, with tactics playing an important role in the race as the Yas Marina circuit is quite difficult to overtake on, as has been seen in the past here during previous championship deciders. One predictable factor should be the weather, which is expected to be similar to conditions today.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “Track and air temperatures fell throughout the session, and we were also a full 11 degrees cooler on track than the FP3 session earlier in the day. In these unique conditions the ultrasoft came into its own, but there was an interesting variation in strategy from Red Bull, which has opted to start the race on the supersoft. How these different tactics play out will be a key aspect of the race and potentially the championship outcome tomorrow.”

How the tyres behaved today:


Soft: Not seen in qualifying at all but will be a vital ingredient in tomorrow’s race.


Supersoft: The talking point in qualifying, with Red Bull opting to use them in Q2.


Ultrasoft: Around 0.7s.faster than the supersoft, used for the majority of running today.

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

Vettel 1m40.775s Ultrasoft New
Verstappen 1m40.912s Ultrasoft New
Raikkonen 1m40.999s Ultrasoft New

QUALIFYING TOP 10

Hamilton 1m38.755s Ultrasoft New
Rosberg 1m39.058s Ultrasoft New
Ricciardo 1m39.589s Ultrasoft New
Raikkonen 1m39.604s Ultrasoft New
Vettel 1m39.661s Ultrasoft New
Verstappen 1m39.818s Ultrasoft New
Hulkenberg 1m40.501s Ultrasoft New
Perez 1m40.519s Ultrasoft New
Alonso 1m41.106s Ultrasoft New
Massa 1m41.213s Ultrasoft New

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Soft Wehrlein 28 laps
Supersoft Bottas 22
Ultrasoft Gutierrez 20

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Soft Rosberg 1m42.294s
Supersoft Verstappen 1m39.903s
Ultrasoft Hamilton 1m38.755s
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Qualifying Result – 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Will Ferrari be able do something with Mercedes tomorrow?

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:39.487 1:39.382 1:38.755 12
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 1:40.511 1:39.490 1:39.058 12
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:41.002 1:40.429 1:39.589 17
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:40.338 1:39.629 1:39.604 14
5 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:40.341 1:40.034 1:39.661 14
6 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:40.424 1:39.903 1:39.818 13
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:41.000 1:40.709 1:40.501 12
8 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:40.864 1:40.743 1:40.519 12
9 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:41.616 1:41.044 1:41.106 17
10 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:41.157 1:40.858 1:41.213 15
11 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:41.192 1:41.084 9
12 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:41.158 1:41.272 14
13 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 1:41.639 1:41.480 16
14 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:41.467 1:41.564 15
15 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:41.775 1:41.820 14
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 1:41.886 1:41.995 14
17 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:42.003 9
18 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 1:42.142 6
19 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 1:42.247 8
20 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 1:42.286 8
21 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:42.393 9
22 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:42.637 8
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Result from the Brazil GP 2016

Race result:
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO DO BRASIL

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 71 3:01:01.335 25
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 71 +11.455s 18
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 71 +21.481s 15
4 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 71 +25.346s 12
5 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 71 +26.334s 0
6 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 71 +29.160s 0
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 71 +29.827s 0
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 71 +30.486s 0
9 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 71 +42.620s 0
10 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 71 +44.432s 0
11 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 71 +45.292s 0
12 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 71 +45.809s 0
13 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 71 +51.192s 0
14 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 71 +51.555s 0
15 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 71 +60.498s 0
16 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 71 +81.994s 0
NC 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 60 DNF 0
NC 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 46 DNF 0
NC 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 20 DNF 0
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 19 DNF 0
NC 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 11 DNF 0
NC 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 0 DNS 0
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Qualifying result, and Pirelli notes – Brazil GP 2016

Man of the day #8

From Formula1.com

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:11.511 1:11.238 1:10.736 12
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 1:11.815 1:11.373 1:10.838 12
3 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:12.100 1:12.301 1:11.404 15
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:11.957 1:11.834 1:11.485 12
5 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:12.159 1:12.010 1:11.495 13
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:12.409 1:12.047 1:11.540 12
7 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:12.893 1:12.343 1:11.937 18
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:12.428 1:12.360 1:12.104 20
9 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:12.684 1:12.331 1:12.165 21
10 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:12.700 1:12.312 1:12.266 17
11 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:12.680 1:12.420 10
12 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 1:13.052 1:12.431 14
13 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:12.432 1:12.521 11
14 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:13.071 1:12.726 15
15 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:12.950 1:12.920 15
16 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:13.259 1:13.258 11
17 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:13.276 10
18 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 1:13.410 6
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 1:13.427 8
20 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 1:13.432 8
21 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:13.623 8
22 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 1:13.681 8

 



From Pirelli:

 

2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying

COOLER CONDITIONS FOR QUALIFYING IN BRAZIL
AFTER SOME RAIN IN THE MORNING

THE TOP 10 ON THE GRID WILL ALL START ON USED SOFT TYRES:
SEEN FROM START TO FINISH OF QUALIFYING

TWO PIT STOPS IS THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO FOR THE RACE
BUT WEATHER WILL BE THE DOMINATING FACTOR


Interlagos, November 12, 2016 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix from pole position, after setting a time of 1m10.736s on the soft tyre.

The soft compound was used from the start to the finish of qualifying. This means that all the top 10 will start the grand prix on used softs, assuming that it’s a dry race.

While the weather forecast remains uncertain for tomorrow, qualifying remained dry in every session. There was rain in the morning though, with wet and intermediate tyres used during FP3 as well as the slicks.

Track and air temperatures were considerably cooler than they had been on Friday, with the session starting under cloudy skies and 21 degrees centigrade ambient, plus 26 degrees on track.

Two stops look set to be the most likely strategy for tomorrow, although there is scope for strategic variation and teams will also look to adapt their pit stop windows to take advantage of gaps in the traffic, which are especially hard to find at Interlagos. With the teams experiencing reasonably high degradation on the soft in high temperatures, those who choose to start on the medium could have a good chance to run an alternative strategy with a longer first stint.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “We experienced track and air temperatures today that were a lot lower than they had been on Friday, which consequently had an effect on how the tyres behaved. The rain that fell yesterday and this morning also washed away a lot of the rubber that had been previously laid on the surface, re-starting the cycle of track evolution. With quite a speed margin between the medium and the soft, we saw just the softer tyre used in qualifying. This is what the top 10 will start on, but with variable weather and relatively high degradation on the soft, it’s going to be difficult to predict the optimal strategy.”

How the tyres behaved today:
Hard: Did not play a prominent role today but could be used with medium in the race.
Medium: Again, absent in qualifying but likely to be a key ingredient tomorrow, if it’s dry.
Soft: Used from start to finish in quali with a speed advantage of more than one second over the medium.

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

Rosberg 1m11.740s Soft New
Hamilton 1m11.833s Soft New
Vettel 1m11.959s Soft New

QUALIFYING TOP 10

Hamilton 1m10.736s Soft New
Rosberg 1m10.838s Soft New
Raikkonen 1m11.404s Soft New
Verstappen 1m11.485s Soft New
Vettel 1m11.495s Soft New
Ricciardo 1m11.540s Soft New
Grosjean 1m11.937s Soft New
Hulkenberg 1m12.104s Soft New
Perez 1m12.165s Soft New
Alonso 1m12.266s Soft New

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Medium Nasr 31 laps
Soft Rosberg 22
Hard Gutierrez 21
Wet Rosberg 2
Intermediate Wehrlein 1

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Hard Hulkenberg 1m14.358s
Medium Hamilton 1m13.157s
Soft Hamilton 1m10.736s
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Magnussen to partner Grosjean at Haas in 2017

Haas F1 Team Secures 2017 Driver Lineup by Signing Kevin Magnussen to Join Romain Grosjean

From HaasF1Team.com

Post photo from Renault Sport


SÃO PAULO (Nov. 11, 2016) – Haas F1 Team, the first American Formula One team in 30 years, has signed Kevin Magnussen to drive alongside veteran pilot Romain Grosjean beginning with the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Magnussen, the 24-year-old from Roskilde, Denmark, comes to Haas F1 Team with two years of Formula One experience – one with McLaren in 2014 and one with Renault in 2016. Magnussen finished an impressive second in his Formula One debut at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. He has scored 62 points in 38 grand prix starts leading into Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.

“From the time we began looking at drivers, Kevin Magnussen was always on our short list,” said Gene Haas, founder and chairman, Haas F1 Team. “He’s accomplished a lot in a very short period of time, and we feel like he can accomplish a lot with us. Our second season will bring a new set of challenges, and we feel that pairing Kevin with Romain will help us develop our new car and continue our growth.

“I want to thank Esteban Gutiérrez for all of his efforts. He’s been an instrumental part of our first year in Formula One and we’re looking forward to finishing the season strong with him and Romain.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m very happy to be a part of Haas F1 Team,” Magnussen said. “Obviously, I’m confident in my abilities as a Formula One driver, but I’m also very confident of what Haas F1 Team can do in its second season and every season thereafter. Gene Haas has come into Formula One with a strong vision and a different way of doing things. He’s making it work and work well. I’ve had a good vantage point all season long, and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of next year’s Haas VF-17.”

Grosjean joined Haas F1 Team in 2016 after spending five Formula One seasons with Lotus F1 Team. The 30-year-old has competed in 101 Formula One races and earned 10 podium finishes and a total of 316 points. He has scored all 29 points for Haas F1 Team to position the outfit eighth in the constructor standings with two races remaining in its debut season.

“A little more than a year ago I made my decision to join Haas F1 Team and it was absolutely the right decision,” Grosjean said. “I’m very proud to be a part of the team’s development and am very happy we can continue to grow and achieve more success in the years ahead.”

“We wanted an experienced driver capable of developing our car and our race team into one that can score points and better itself each race and each season. Romain has done a very good job of that and he’s played a large role in bringing respect and legitimacy to Haas F1 Team,” Haas said. “We have a new set of challenges next year with a new car and a new set of regulations, and his veteran leadership will again prove valuable.”

“As a brand new team with a new car and new personnel, it was incredibly important to have detailed, authoritative feedback of our racecar and our methods so that we could improve. Romain brought a lot of experience to our team and has been instrumental in getting us to where we are today,” added Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. “Credit also goes to Esteban Gutiérrez for all of his work. His time with Ferrari was very beneficial as it helped get us acquainted with its methodologies and make the most of our partnership with them. He and Romain pushed each other on the track and together they’re responsible for the success we’ve had in our first season.”


 

 

Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16. Brazilian Grand Prix, Friday 11th November 2016. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16.
Brazilian Grand Prix, Friday 11th November 2016. Sao Paulo, Brazil.


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Pirelli: 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice Sessions

Dry and warm weather during FP1 and FP2 at Interlagos.

 

 

2016 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice Sessions

DRY AND WARM WEATHER FOR NOW DURING
INTERLAGOS FREE PRACTICE

DRIVERS GENERALLY CONCENTRATE ON THE FASTEST SOFT TYRE
BEFORE MOVING TO MEDIUM FOR LONGER RUNS

MERCEDES FASTEST IN BOTH SESSIONS TODAY: AROUND 1.3 SECONDS
SEPARATE MEDIUM AND SOFT COMPOUNDS


Interlagos, November 11, 2016 – A dry and warm Interlagos circuit meant that the drivers were able to run all three slick compounds in free practice – but it’s not yet clear what the conditions will be for the remainder of the weekend. Wet weather is forecast for tomorrow and possibly for race day as well, meaning that conditions today may not turn out to be representative.

A Mercedes topped each of the free practice sessions, but the frontrunners were closely matched on an evolving track, with Williams driver Felipe Massa also having a spell at the head of the FP2 classification during his final home grand prix.

Track temperatures peaked at 50 degrees centigrade by the finish of FP2, as the teams ended the session concentrating on longer runs on each compound with varying fuel loads. So far, around 1.3 seconds separate the medium and soft compounds, with the gap between hard and medium being much smaller.

Drivers cleaned up a dirty and ‘green’ track during the first session this morning, before more rubber was laid down and they concentrated on longer runs in the afternoon, also using the harder compounds. The fastest time of the day was set by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in FP1 on the soft tyre, when the teams targeted shorter rather than longer runs in cooler conditions, around half a second off last year’s pole position benchmark.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “A busy day at Interlagos today, but we’ll see how useful it turns out to be over the rest of the weekend. The teams got a good initial read on the wear and degradation rates here, which seem reasonably high on the soft tyre in particular, with the right-rear tyre doing the most work over a lap of Interlagos. Whether it’s wet or dry we’re likely to see a multi-stop race, but the weather will be the key determining factor of both qualifying and the grand prix itself.”


FP1 – TIMES FP2 – TIMES
Hamilton 1m11.895s Soft New Hamilton 1m12.271s Soft New
Verstappen 1m11.991s Soft New Rosberg 1m12.301s Soft New
Rosberg 1m12.125s Soft New Bottas 1m12.761s Soft New

FP1 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Hard Hulkenberg 1m14.358s
Medium Hamilton 1m13.157s
Soft Hamilton 1m11.895s

FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Hard Raikkonen 1m14.369s
Medium Hamilton 1m13.157s
Soft Hamilton 1m12.271s

LONGEST STINTS OF THE DAY

Hard Gutierrez 21 laps
Medium Nasr 31
Soft Rosberg 22

Tyre statistics of the day:

Hard Medium Supersoft
kms driven * 279 3149 2679
sets used overall ** 6 42 43
highest number of laps ** 21 31 22

* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.

Minimum prescribed tyre pressures:

22.5 psi (fronts) 21.5 psi (rears)

Pirelli fact of the day: Honda fans are in good company: Sao Paulo contains the world’s biggest Japanese community of any city outside Japan. As a result, sushi has become just as well established as meat on Brazilian menus, with the Japanese community based mainly in the Liberdade district, around 13 kilometres from Interlagos.

Spotted in the paddock: A very special livery. Rather than running its usual ‘Martini’ logo, the Williams of Felipe Massa had a ‘Massa’ livery on the engine cover, helping the Brazilian to celebrate his final home race.


Jenson Button in cockpit.

Jenson Button in cockpit.

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