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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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Ved å skape oppmerksomhet rundt dette, ønsker vi å få folk til å senke farten og redusere antall drepte og skadde i trafikken.

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Hver gang du tar en sjanse, tar du også en sjanse på vegne av de du har rundt deg. Dødsstatistikken viser at i hver tredje dødsulykke har farten vært litt for høy. Det er de små marginene som avgjør utfallet av en ulykke. Da gjelder det å være på den riktige siden av statistikken.

 

 


 

 

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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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Volkswagen to leave WRC

Volkswagen have confirmed from 2017 their commitment to the FIA World Rally Championship is coming to an end as they start realigning their motorsport programme.

Look back at Seb Ogier’s best wins as VW end WRC commitment from 2017.

Volkswagen have confirmed from 2017 their commitment to the FIA World Rally Championship is coming to an end as they start realigning their motorsport programme.

Last weekend, they won their fourth manufacturer’s title in a row with the VW Polo competing in 51 rallies, winning 42 of them, with 621 best times in the special stages. No other car in the history of the World Rally Championship has a better success rate.

Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Technical Development, said: “We far exceeded our sporting goals in the WRC. I want to give our heartfelt thanks to our drivers and co-drivers for their outstanding achievements.”

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets added: “Of course, we regret the departure from the WRC very much – as this was the most successful chapter in the Volkswagen brand’s motorsport history. The team has done great things.”

As the German giants confirm the end of an astonishing run for four-time champion Sebastien Ogier and his Polo R WRC, we look back and pick five of the best wins from the last four years.

1: Rallye de France, October 2013

For the first time ever at a WRC race, the Power Stage would run before the main event. Ogier had the chance of a lifetime, to be a world champion before the rally had even begun. All he needed was one of the three Power Stage points on offer and he did it by placing third around a Strasbourg street stage. What he did after was even more amazing – he won the rally proper! Distracted and head all over the place, Ogier ran as low as fifth for much of day one. Refocused and back in the fight, he drove magnificently through the weekend, despite some horribly wet, challenging conditions. Third with a day to go, he took a commanding win and celebrated all over again.

2: Rally Mexico, March 2015

This one Ogier definitely couldn’t win. Not a hope. In the words of the champ: “My rivals would have to be very bad for me to even come close to the podium.” This was the first hot gravel rally since the FIA changed the rules and told the championship leader he had to run first on the road for the first two days. Third after a typically spectacular opener around the streets and through the tunnels of Guanajuato, Ogier’s mood was particularly despondent on the eve of the rally proper. Not for long. Noticing a slight drop in overnight temperatures, Ogier gambled on soft tyres for the first morning. They worked a treat and his innate ability to drive the car straighter than anybody meant he returned to service with rubber to spare. Naturally, he won the rally he was never meant to win.

3: Rally Sweden, February 2013

An obvious one it might be, but it was also a very, very special one: Ogier’s first win with Volkswagen. A couple of weeks before, at the Monte Carlo Rally, the Polo R WRC had broken cover and set fastest time on its first ever competitive special stage in the World Rally Championship. Ogier was second in the principality. A good start turned great, however, when the Frenchman took a brilliantly controlled win on the snows in Sweden. “I knew the car was good, but I asked myself: ‘How good is it?’ Now I know,” said Ogier. The Polo was impeccable and Ogier just as good on the way to a very satisfying victory over Sebastien Loeb’s Citroen.

4: Rally Sweden, February 2015

Heavy snow on the second day was supposed to rule Ogier out of the fight this time. His Volkswagen was turned into a high-speed snow plough, clearing the road for his rivals behind him, but the championship leader refused to give in and clung to the coat tails of the guys ahead. Going into the final day, he pushed as hard as he’s ever pushed in a rally and arrived at the start of the last stage just three seconds behind his Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. Aided by a minor Mikkelsen mistake, Ogier won. Fact is, given the conditions he’d had to drive through earlier in the rally, he shouldn’t have been anywhere near the fight for the win. A lesser driver would have thrown the towel in much earlier. “I’m really proud of this one,” beamed Ogier, once he’d finished bashing the steering wheel of his Polo to demonstrate the fact.

5: Rallye Deutschland, August 2015

Volkswagen’s first failure on its home rally raised a smile, even among the team. Ogier and his Polo R WRC had won pretty much everything before them. But coming to the birthplace of the all-conquering car, it went south on the first full day when Ogier damaged the steering and was forced to retire. Twelve months later it was much worse, with the champion hospitalized after two monster crashes in as many days. Still no home win for Volkswagen. When Ogier arrived in 2015, there was real and genuine pressure for him to perform. The Volkswagen board would be making the trip, as usual, from Wolfsburg to Trier and this time they wanted something to smile about. Ogier delivered in superb fashion, with the result never looking in doubt.

Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) performs during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 27  November 2016

Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) performs during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 27 November 2016

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Porsche E-Performance

The Porsche 919 and the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid on the roads of London!

In one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Porsche took innovation bred on the race track and brought it to the road. A perfect setting to put our intelligent technology to the test; watch Porsche E-Performance brought to life as the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid meets the all-new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid on the streets of London.


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Ogier clinches fourth Rally GB win

“The main target this weekend was to be manufacturers’ champion,” said Ogier.

Sébastien Ogier led from start to finish to triumph at the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.

The Frenchman withstood final day pressure from Ott Tänak to win the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship by 10.2sec and secure the manufacturers’ title for Volkswagen.

Ogier clinched a fourth consecutive drivers’ crown at the previous round in Spain.

Thierry Neuville finished third in a Hyundai i20, a further 1min 25.2sec behind. His fourth consecutive podium gives him a 14-point advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen in their fight for the runners-up spot heading into next month’s finale in Australia.

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It was Ogier’s first gravel road win of the campaign and the Frenchman has led for every single kilometre of the British fixture since the start of the 2013 event.

The fog and mud of the first two days eased to leave better conditions today, although the six forest speed tests in north Wales, covering 52.08km, were no less slippery.

Ogier, driving a Polo R, started with a 33.8sec lead but couldn’t match Tänak’s pace. The Estonian won all six stages in a Ford Fiesta RS to close in. A broken intercom and puncture earlier in the rally cost Tänak vital time, but second matched his career-best result.

“The main target this weekend was to be manufacturers’ champion,” said Ogier. “I’m not world champion without the team’s hard work and it was great to take the title with a victory once again. It wasn’t easy and I was able to ease off in the last few stages, but not so much.

“Ott was really flying. He was fast, very consistent and didn’t make any mistakes so it was a tough victory to get.”

Neuville overshot a hairpin this morning, but the Belgian held off team-mate Hayden Paddon by 19.5sec.

The normally aggressive Kiwi struggled in the mud, however overnight set-up changes made him more comfortable today.

Kris Meeke, driving a Citroën DS 3 for the final time, finished a subdued fifth with Dani Sordo completing the top six in another i20.

The championship concludes from November 17-20 with Kennards Hire Rally Australia, which is based in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

Sebastien Ogier (FRA) performs during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 30 October 2016

Sebastien Ogier (FRA) performs during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 30 October 2016

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Result – MÉXICO 2016 – QUALIFYING

It`very close up there this weekend, and finally Williams is getting closer. The reason for this is most likely the track layout …

From Formula1.com

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:19.447 1:19.137 1:18.704 18
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 1:19.996 1:19.761 1:18.958 22
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:19.874 1:18.972 1:19.054 14
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:19.713 1:19.553 1:19.133 15
5 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:20.599 1:19.769 1:19.330 22
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:19.554 1:19.936 1:19.376 21
7 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:19.865 1:19.385 1:19.381 17
8 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:20.338 1:19.958 1:19.551 20
9 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:20.423 1:20.151 1:20.032 19
10 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:20.457 1:20.169 1:20.378 24
11 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:20.552 1:20.282 12
12 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:20.308 1:20.287 14
13 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:21.333 1:20.673 17
14 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 1:21.254 1:21.131 18
15 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:21.062 1:21.536 15
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 1:21.363 1:21.785 17
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 1:21.401 9
18 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:21.454 4
19 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 1:21.692 9
20 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 1:21.881 10
21 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:21.916 10

 

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FP1 and FP2 + SELECTED SETS PER DRIVER #MexicoGP

The FIA communicated to Pirelli each team’s tyre choices for the forthcoming Grand Prix of Mexico

‘BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI’

2016 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice Sessions

SEBASTIAN VETTEL GOES FASTEST FOR FERRARI DURING FREE PRACTICE
USING SUPERSOFT TYRE: CLOSE TO 2015 POLE

COOL CONDITIONS ON FRIDAY IN MEXICO CITY: JUST 14 DEGREES AMBIENT
IN THE MORNING, SLIGHTLY WARMER IN THE AFTERNOON

SOME GRAINING EXPERIENCED AS A RESULT OF LOW TEMPERATURES:
LESS AND LESS AS THE ASPHALT PROGRESSED


Mexico City, October 28, 2016 – Unexpected cool weather conditions were experienced during free practice for the Mexican Grand Prix, with the morning session starting in just 14 degrees centigrade ambient and the afternoon warming up to only 16 degrees centigrade. Track temperatures peaked at 27 degrees centigrade at the start of FP2, but fell slightly during the course of the afternoon session.

These cool conditions caused some degree of graining and put the emphasis on tyre warm-up. As a result, the low working range medium tyre was quickest in the coolest conditions of the morning; however Sebastian Vettel went fastest of all for Ferrari in the afternoon with a time of 1m19.790s on the supersoft, ahead of the two Mercedes.

Weather conditions are not expected to be greatly different for the remainder of the weekend, with the possibility of rain as well (a few drops were seen at the end of FP1). This made today’s work especially important: however, there was a very high degree of track evolution that means a full picture of relative performance is yet to emerge – which should be clearer following FP3 tomorrow with more rubber on the track.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “Nobody expected temperatures to be as low as they were today. As a result of this and also a high degree of track evolution – with the surface not appreciably different to how it was when new last year – it was hard to collect representative data today. It seems very unlikely now that we will have a warm weekend, so it will be interesting to see who unlocks the most out of the car and tyre package in these conditions.”

FP1 – TIMES  FP2 – TIMES
 Hamilton  1m20.914s  Medium Used  Vettel  1m19.790s  Supersoft New
 Vettel  1m20.993s  Soft New  Hamilton  1m19.794s  Supersoft New
 Raikkonen  1m21.072s  Soft New  Rosberg  1m20.225s  Supersoft New

FP1 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

 Medium  Hamilton  1m20.914s
 Soft  Vettel  1m20.993s
 Supersoft  Perez  1m21.200s

FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

 Medium  Rosberg  1m21.416s
 Soft  Hamilton  1m20.362s
 Supersoft  Vettel  1m19.790s

LONGEST STINTS OF THE DAY

 Medium  Massa  31 laps
 Soft  Wehrlein  34
 Supersoft  Hamilton  22

Tyre statistics of the day:

Medium Soft Supersoft
kms driven * 2435 2039 1694
sets used overall ** 28 33 28
highest number of laps ** 31 34 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 psi (front) and 19,5 psi (rear)

Pirelli fact of the day: One of the oldest races in Mexico was the legendary Carrera Panamericana. It originally ran from 1950 to 1954, and the most famous winner was none other than Juan Manuel Fangio on Pirelli tyres, who headed an all-Lancia podium in 1953. It was resurrected – still as a closed-road speed race – in 1988, with the most recent winner a few days ago also using Pirelli tyres.

Spotted in the paddock: Juan Pablo Montoya. The Colombian won seven grands prix with Williams and McLaren, ending his F1 career after the USA Grand Prix in 2006. He’s also only the second driver to have won the Indycar title in his rookie year, after Nigel Mansell.

 


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Frentzen impressed after driving Electric GT Tesla Model S

Former Formula 1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen made his return to the cockpit to test the Tesla Model S – the car that is being developed for the Electric GT Championship – at the Circuit Paul Ricard this week.

LE CASTELLET (France)

Frentzen began his glittering motor sports career as part of the Mercedes junior team in the World Sportscar Championship before graduating to Formula 1, where he accumulated two pole positions, three wins and 18 podiums. The German finished runner-up in the World Drivers’ Championship in 1997 with Williams and a highly impressive third in the 1999 for Jordan, before concluding his top-flight career in 2003 and switching to the DTM.

The EGT Championship, which is the first 100 per cent zero emissions GT championship, was at the Le Castellet circuit to test the bespoke Pirelli tyres when Frentzen made contact.

After the tests Frentzen was very satisfied. The German was very impressed with the direction of the series and gave his full support.

“As a long time owner of this manufacturer it was great fun to drive one of the first race-prepared Teslas,” said Frentzen. “It was a fantastic opportunity to experience the potential of E-racing performance cars. Mark [Gemmell, CEO] and his EGT team are definitely heading in the right.”

The test showed a lot of promise, with the series’ organisers able to better understand the tyres, as well as get an idea of how the car itself will perform following the feedback from Frentzen.

“We were glad to have Heinz-Harald come to the track,” Electric Championship CEO Mark Gemmell said during the presentation of the race car at the Sportel TV fair in Monaco. “Other than the fact he’s a supremely talented driver, he is a fan of Teslas and owns two cars himself, which is great. We were able to meet up and talk him through the championship, before arranging a test drive for him later in the day. He gave us some great feedback.”

The Electric GT Championship is set to get underway in 2017, with Stefan Wilson, Vittoria Piria, Dani Clos and Lellani Münter already confirmed as part of the Drivers’ Selection Club.


Picture shows Heinz Harald Frentzen of Germany touching the screen e race version of a Tesla Model S P85+ after Frentzens race tests in Le Castellet, France, on 19-10-2016.

Picture shows Heinz Harald Frentzen of Germany touching the screen e race version of a Tesla Model S P85+ after Frentzen´s race tests in Le Castellet, France, on 19-10-2016.

 

About Electric GT Championship, a new zero emissions motorsport category promoting sustainable mobility:

The championship was announced on 9 March 2016, a year in advance of its first planned event, with the Tesla Model S P85+ chosen for the first season of the Electric GT Championship. There will be 10 teams and 20 drivers, who will compete across seven races during season one. The race weekends will consist of a 20-minute practice session, 30 minutes of qualifying, and a pair of 60 km races with one taking place in the daytime and one at dusk. Each round will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability in and around the circuits. Fans will be able to stream races via Periscope, Twitch and YouTube, as well as interact directly with the teams using social media platforms.

Picture show from left Agustin Payá of Spain, technical director of Electric GT, Heinz Harald Frentzen of Germany and Mark Gemmell of the United Kingdom, CEO of Electric GT standing infront of the race version of a Tesla Model S P85+ after Frentzens race tests in Le Castellet, France, on 19-10-2016.

Picture show from left Agustin Payá of Spain, technical director of Electric GT, Heinz Harald Frentzen of Germany and Mark Gemmell of the United Kingdom, CEO of Electric GT standing in front of the race version of a Tesla Model S P85+ after Frentzen´s race tests in Le Castellet, France, on 19-10-2016.

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The MINI goes electric

Head of MINI brand management Sebastian Mackensen and Head of MINI series management Peter Wolf preview the first plug-in hybrid model by the British premium brand.

From - BMW Press Club:

Head of MINI brand management Sebastian Mackensen and Head of MINI series management Peter Wolf offer insight into this new near-series test vehicle, and explain how it retains go-kart feeling in the true spirit of a MINI during a test drive of this model.

“With this model we want to convince MINI customers of the benefits of hybrid drive”, says Mackensen, “and impress everyone who already has hybrid driving experience with MINI’s unique go-kart driving feel.” The key to achieving this lies in intelligent energy management which is used to control how the combustion engine and electric motor operate together. For this reason, the first MINI plug-in hybrid model is not solely focused on efficiency, but uncompromising in pursuit of driving fun.

At first glance, you wouldn’t recognise the test car as a hybrid model. And that’s not because of the camouflage foil used. The charging socket for the high-voltage battery is discreetly integrated in the left Side Scuttle. Everything also looks familiar in the cockpit. The start/stop button in the centre of the dashboard glows yellow instead of red. As usual,  you simply press the button to start the car – this vehicle, however, remains silent as the hybrid model always starts in electric mode. The rpm counter in the instrument cluster on the steering column has been replaced with a power display. Keeping a close eye on this display is particularly worthwhile for the first few kilometres as it informs the driver about the electric motor’s power reserves before the combustion engine fires up. When exactly the combustion engine starts varies depending upon on the vehicle’s speed and the intensity with which the driver operate the accelerator pedal.

“After a short time, the driver gets a feel for this”, promises Wolf. And this new driving experience promises a lot of driving fun. The hybrid MINI makes full use of the electric motor’s entire torque, which is available right from standstill, allowing for catapult-like acceleration. Even after leaving the slower pace of the city, this vehicle maintains its zero-tailpipe emissions at motorway speeds. The high-voltage battery under the rear seats provides power for long-lasting electric driving. AUTO eDRIVE standard mode permits speeds of up to 80 km/h, whilst in MAX eDRIVE mode speeds of up to 125 km/h are possible. For Mackensen this is a question of character: “In a hybrid MINI model, driving electrically must also be an exhilarating experience. This means that entirely electric driving is not limited to speeds of 30 or 40 km/h, but to speeds well beyond city traffic pace.”

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Testing the vehicle himself, Mackensen puts the car through its paces and demonstrates that you need to step on the accelerator peddle very firmly indeed to activate the second power source. Then things really start happening. With the combined output of both drives, the first MINI hybrid vehicle demonstrates unparalleled acceleration performance when compared with its combustion-only siblings.

However, MINI’s go-kart driving characteristics consists of more than just fast acceleration. Above all, this hybrid MINI has to prove how precisely it handles when taking bends on the most exciting, twisting roads. This is where MINI’s plug-in hybrid concept plays its next trump card. “As far as the chassis and suspension are concerned, nothing changes from the conventionally driven model variants”, says Wolf, “and the set-up benefits a lot from the hybrid concept”. Thanks to the eDrive components, which are positioned very low down at the rear, the car’s centre of gravity is lowered and the weight is evenly balanced between the front and rear axle – ideal for achieving an even higher level of legendary MINI agility.

The Hybrid concept provides yet another benefit: the electric motor transmits its power to the rear wheels, the combustion engine to the front wheels. Since the intelligent energy management is linked to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), traction and drive stability are optimised via the drive system. “As soon as there is any risk of drive slip, the second drive unit is activated to provide additional traction when starting off or ensuring a high level of steering precision when cornering”, explains Wolf.

Intelligent energy management offers a further opportunity for both power sources to work together effectively. Driving on the motorway, Mackensen activates a third mode with the eDrive toggle switch: SAVE BATTERY. In this mode, the combustion engine powers the car whilst at the same time, the high voltage battery can retain charge at a constant level or indeed increase charge via a generator. Extended driving in SAVE BATTERY mode enables enough power generation for purely electric driving later.

After driving in SAVE BATTERY mode, the MINI drives back into town in silence at the end of the test drive. The status display in the cockpit reminds the driver to recharge the battery via wallbox or power socket. Refuelling is not necessary yet because the MINI plug-in hybrid model merely took a small sip from the fuel tank. Yet another new dimension of MINIMALISM.

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Result from the USGP 2016

“Lucky” Mercedes got a “free” pit stop.

Post photo credit: Sauber F1 Team

Result from Formula1.com

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 56 1:38:12.618 0
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 56 +4.520s 0
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 56 +19.692s 0
4 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 56 +43.134s 0
5 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 56 +93.953s 0
6 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 56 +96.124s 0
7 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 55 +1 lap 0
8 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 55 +1 lap 0
9 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 55 +1 lap 0
10 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 55 +1 lap 0
11 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 55 +1 lap 0
12 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 55 +1 lap 0
13 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 55 +1 lap 0
14 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 55 +1 lap 0
15 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 55 +1 lap 0
16 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 55 +1 lap 0
17 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 55 +1 lap 0
18 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 54 +2 laps 0
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 38 DNF 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 28 DNF 0
NC 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 16 DNF 0
NC 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1 DNF 0

* Provisional results

 

 


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Pirelli Qualifying Notes – USGP 2016

The post include the infographics over sets available for the race.

2016 United States Grand Prix, Qualifying

MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON CLAIMS POLE POSITION WITH
SUPERSOFT WITH FASTEST-EVER LAP OF AUSTIN

TWO OR THREE PIT STOPS THE MOST LIKELY STRATEGIES: TACTICAL
OPTIONS OPEN AT THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

BOTH MERCEDES AND ONE RED BULL WILL START ON SOFT
TOMORROW: THE ONLY CARS IN THE TOP 10 TO DO SO


Austin, October 22, 2016 – Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for Mercedes at the Circuit of the Americas, setting a time of 1m34.999s using the P Zero Red supersoft tyre. This comprehensively beats the fastest ever lap seen at the track previously: 1m35.657s, set by Sebastian Vettel in 2012.

Track temperatures were significantly warmer for qualifying in the afternoon – at 27 degrees ambient and 39 degrees on track – than for FP3 in the morning, where the Red Bulls went fastest.

The initial Q1 session was completed with all the drivers scoring their best time on the supersoft, which is theoretically around a second faster than the soft. The frontrunners all got through this session using just one set.

In Q2, the Mercedes drivers were straight out on the soft tyres, as was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Red Bull opted to split strategies, with Daniel Ricciardo on supersoft going fastest in Q2. All the remaining drivers used supersoft as well, meaning that three drivers out of the top four will start on the soft tomorrow and can potentially do a longer first stint. However, they will be surrounded by drivers starting on the faster supersoft – with a notoriously tricky first corner to deal with as well.

The frontrunners did two runs on supersoft for the final Q3 shoot-out, with Hamilton clinching his first pole in Austin by 0.2 seconds from his team mate on the second run.

The strategy options are quite open for the Circuit of the Americas, also because this is a circuit where overtaking is by no means an impossible task. Historically, this is not a race where pole position is vital for race victory – meaning that with the right strategy, anything is possible. Two or three stops expectable, depending on the tyre choice at the start. But somebody could decide to try something different.


Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “We had perfect conditions for qualifying, in which we saw the race tactics begin already. With both Mercedes starting on the soft tyre, plus Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, there’s a fundamental strategic variation that is likely to hold the key to the race tomorrow. Once again track temperatures were considerably higher this afternoon than the morning, and we’d expect similar conditions for the race tomorrow. We’ve seen in the past that strategy can help boost starting positions, so we can expect an eventful race tomorrow.”

How the tyres behaved:
Medium: Not used at all during qualifying but looks like an interesting option for the race.
Soft: This was essential to the qualifying strategy today, with three drivers using it in Q2.
Supersoft: The most popular choice in qualifying, but affected by quite high degradation.

Free practice 3 – top three times

Verstappen 1m36.766s Supersoft new
Ricciardo 1m37.032s Supersoft new
Raikkonen 1m37.284s Supersoft new

Qualifying top 10

Hamilton 1m34.999s Supersoft new
Rosberg 1m35.215s Supersoft new
Ricciardo 1m35.509s Supersoft new
Verstappen 1m35.747s Supersoft new
Raikkonen 1m36.131s Supersoft new
Vettel 1m36.358s Supersoft new
Hulkenberg 1m36.628s Supersoft new
Bottas 1m37.116s Supersoft new
Massa 1m37.269s Supersoft new
Sainz 1m37.326s Supersoft new

Most laps by compound so far

Medium Palmer 26 laps
Soft Nasr 23
Soft Vettel 23
Supersoft Raikkonen 18
Supersoft Bottas 18

Best time by compound so far

Medium Hamilton 1m38.394s
Soft Rosberg 1m36.351s
Supersoft Hamilton 1m34.999s


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