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RBR – The Life of a Bolt

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We design, produce and inspect over a million Formula One car parts a year. This is the story of a humble front suspension bolt… RB12-FS-00663-02.

We followed a humble front suspension bolt on every step of its journey from sketch to drawing, machining to testing, assembly to racing. And now you can too, in our exclusive video…

 

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BMW M5 “Competition Edition”

The ultimate version of the fifth model generation of the BMW high-performance business sedan.

From - BMW Press Club:

The BMW M Division has developed an exclusive special edition of the world’s most successful high-performance business sedan, setting yet another highlight in the current BMW M5 model range.

With power output increased to 441 kW/600 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Newton metres, the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” ranks among the most powerful automobiles in the model history of the BMW brand.

The BMW M5 “Competition Edition”, which comes as standard with an M dual clutch transmission featuring Drivelogic, sprints from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds.

A distinctive personalised look, the standard Competition Package and a comprehensive range of optional features render the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”, the production of which is limited to 200, an automobile of exceptionally high value.

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More power and further enhanced handling characteristics.
The familiar 4.4‑litre, high-revving V8 engine featuring path-breaking BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology is the powerful heart of the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”. An increase in boost pressure as well as targeted modifications to the engine management raise the car’s performance vs. the production model by 29 kW/40 hp to 441 kW/600 hp. At the same time, maximum torque has increased by 20 Newton metres to 700 Newton metres.

The increase in power output harmonises perfectly with the Competition Package, which is supplied as standard on the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” and noticeably enhances the car’s handling characteristics even further. The Competition Package includes, inter alia, a lowering of the vehicle by 10 millimetres and a firmer setup of spring and damper systems and stabilizers. In conjunction with this modified setup, the specific control setting for the Active M differential fitted as standard on all BMW M5 models ensures further optimized traction. Furthermore, the steering system with an M specific Servotronic function comes with a more direct control map, providing the driver with more precise response and further enhancing the car’s agility in bends. In addition, the M Dynamic Mode of the stability control system DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) has been further aligned to sporty handling characteristics. As a result, the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” guarantees typical M driving dynamics at the highest level both in everyday traffic and on the racetrack, especially when combined with the optional M carbon-ceramic brake system.

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Exclusive sporty and dynamic look.
The BMW M5 “Competition Edition” signalises its extraordinary potential even when at a standstill. The exclusive body colours –100 vehicles in Carbon Black metallic and 100 in Mineral White metallic respectively – strongly emphasise the BMW M5’s sporty, elegant lines. And the 20-inch, forged and polished, double-spoke M light alloy wheels in a Jet Black finish and with mixed tyres (265/35 ZR20 at the front, 295/30 ZR20 at the rear) underscore the car’s outstanding handling characteristics. M Performance parts in carbon such as the rear diffuser, the gurney on the boot lid and the mirror caps set further dynamic accents. The high gloss black kidney grilles and side gills bearing the lettering ”M5 Competition” add the finishing touches to the car’s premium appearance.

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​Fjerdeplass og viktige VM-poeng for Bakkerud i Latvia

Andreas Bakkerud sikret 22 viktige VM-poeng under helgens VM-runde i Latviske Riga.

Andreas Bakkerud sikret 22 viktige VM-poeng under helgens VM-runde i Latviske Riga. – Det ble en bra helg for oss, og jeg er veldig godt fornøyd selv med den litt sure fjerdeplassen, forteller Bakkerud. Stillingen i førermesterskapet endret seg dramatisk denne helgen, og kampen om medaljene er fortsatt veldig åpen. 

Bakkerud startet helgen på best mulig måte – og med sine to andre tider var han beste fører etter dag en. – Vi visste at det kom kraftig regn på søndag – og jeg fokuserte på å gjøre en best mulig jobb på Lørdag. Fordelen derifra tok vi med oss inn i søndagen hvor forholdene endret seg veldig når himmelen åpnet seg totalt. Vi klarte å fortsette den gode jobben – og startet fra pole i den andre semifinalen etter og ha vært nummer to sammenlagt etter de innledende rundene.

Vi kjempet bra både i semifinalen og finalen, men hadde en bakstilling helt ute av oppsett etter en smell i semien, så det ble en hard fight. Derfor er jeg godt fornøyd med å bli nummer fire, og sikre så mange VM-poeng, forteller Bakkerud – som gjerne hadde villet sprute champagne med sine over 200 tilreisende #BakkerudBLUE supportere.
Klarte det ville vært perfekt å sende vår egen #BakkerudBLUE charter flight hjem til Bergen i kveld med ett trofe og champagne – men jeg tror alle hadde en fantastisk helg her i Riga allikevel, forteller Bakkerud. Hans #BakkerudBLUE fans satte sitt preg på tribunene i Riga, og skapte en flott atmosfære og stemming.

Kampen i førermesterskapet endret seg mye i løpet av helgen. – Det beviser bare hvor ekstrem sporten vår er, og hvor mye som kan endres på kort tid. Før helgen hadde mange en klar oppfatning om hvem som kom til å endre hvor, men etter denne helgen er mye fortsatt veldig åpent. Det er 60 poeng igjen å kjøre om, og jeg skal gjøre mitt for å ta flest mulig av dem, så får vi se hvor langt det rekker, gliser Bakkerud.

 

Photo credit - Larry Chen

Photo credit – Larry Chen

. (600 hk og 0-100 km/t på 2.2 sekunder)


Neste utfordring er en tøff en. Estering i Tyskland er en bane der absolutt alt kan skje, og som er beryktet for sin første sving der veldig mye bruker å avgjøres.- Det er som en joker i mesterskapet. Jeg har kjørt der mange ganger, og trives godt, og tror det kan bli en bra helg for oss, avslutter Bakkerud.

 

Sammenlagt stillingen i FIA World Rallycross Championship 2016

Mattias Ekstrøm 227 poeng
Johan Kristofferson 201 poeng
Petter Solberg 194 poeng
Andreas Bakkerud 192 poeng
Sebastien Loeb 180 poeng


PS:  NRK sender VM i rallycross

 

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Malaysian GP – Renault Sport Formula One Team Race Report

Jolyon Palmer scored his first FIA Formula One World Championship point in today’s hot and fast-paced Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.

Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Jolyon Palmer scored his first FIA Formula One World Championship point in today’s hot and fast-paced Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. Jolyon put his disappointment from yesterday’s qualifying behind him to deliver in emphatic fashion his tenth-placed finish from P19 on the grid, thanks to a one-stop tyre strategy. Kevin Magnussen was unable to translate Saturday’s qualifying form into a race result as contact back and front on the first lap damaged a brake cooling drum fence. Kevin’s brakes subsequently became unsustainably hot, which meant retirement from the race was the only option.


♦Kevin started the race from P14 with new set of Pirelli’s medium compound tyres. He stopped at the end of the first lap to replace a damaged front wing and change to a new set of Pirelli’s hard compound tyres. He retired on lap 17 due to overheating brakes.
♦Jolyon started the race in P19 on new hard tyres. He stopped on lap 31 for a new set of soft tyres.

 

Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-04: Started P14, DNF
“I was the filling in the sandwich as everyone reacted to the Vettel / Rosberg incident at the start. Everyone braked and went for the inside of the corner which isn’t great if you’re already at the inside of the corner and have contact from behind pushing you forward. That’s motor racing sometimes. We changed the front wing and kept pushing, however the brake cooling was damaged, and the brake temperature kept climbing, so we had to retire. Nevertheless it’s been a promising weekend. We continue to extract more pace from the car and we’ll be pushing to keep this level of performance. I scored last time out; Jo scored today. Points are what we all want to see.”
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.16-05: Started P19, finished P10
“Point-scorer: It feels good! I’m really happy, I think the whole week has been really positive. The race was really smooth – I wish it was always so straightforward! I was really disappointed with how qualifying went especially as I’d been feeling strong all weekend, so I’m glad the race went really well and we could make up for it today. The car gave me everything I needed, we handled the tyres well and the team did a great job with strategy and pit stops. We got a little bit of a break as well; finally everything came together and we got it home to P10!”
Fred Vasseur, Team Principal
“Congratulations to Jo for scoring his first point in Formula One. After a disappointing qualifying yesterday he got his head down and delivered a very good race. We ran to an aggressive strategy and Jo did everything required to make this work so a great effort from him and the team today. Kevin was unfortunate to be caught out as the result of an incident ahead on the first lap. Thanks to his strong qualifying, he was well placed for a decent points-scoring position, but there was nothing he could do. Today we saw once more that everyone in the team is pushing in the same direction and we will continue to fight for every point possible for the remaining five races this season.”

 

 


 

Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16. Malaysian Grand Prix, Saturday 2nd October 2016. Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Saturday 2nd October 2016. Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Sauber F1 Team – Malaysian GP Race Report

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Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

2 October 2016

Weather: Sunny and dry. 33-34°C air – 49-55°C track.


The Sauber F1 Team finished the Malaysian Grand Prix, the hottest race of the season, with one remarkable athletic performance and one retirement because of a technical issue: Marcus Ericsson’s drinking system stopped working after the first of 56 laps with cockpit temperatures up to 60 degrees. Nevertheless, he managed to finish in P12. Felipe Nasr was running in P13 when he had issues with the brake-by-wire system, which forced him to retire on lap 47. The Japanese Grand Prix will take place next weekend in Suzuka.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Result: 12th. Start on soft tyres, after 21 laps change to soft tyres and after 37 laps change to hard tyres
“I am satisfied with my performance today. I had quite a good start and was able to make up some positions as I had a decent pace throughout the race. We have clearly made progress on the car side, which brings us closer to the midfield. Obviously, we were aiming for points, but we were not close enough today. By the way, my drinking system was not working, so I had to go through the whole race distance without any liquids. That was really tough! For the upcoming race weekends we need to keep up the good work. I am really looking forward to Japan, because it is my favorite track. I cannot wait to get there.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Result: Retired. Start on medium tyres, after 32 laps change to hard tyres
“It was not a good day for me. After the start, in Turn 1 Nico (Rosberg) spun and I had to avoid running into him. I lost some time because of this incident. After that we were able to recover quite well and went for a one stop strategy. Unfortunately, I then had issues with the brake-by-wire system, which forced me to retire. There are still some positives to take from this weekend. Now I am looking ahead to the upcoming race weekend in Suzuka.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We knew that it was going to be a difficult race. However, the team did a good job. We choose the right strategies and both drivers did their best to get the maximum they could. However, Felipe was unfortunate. That was a solid performance today, which makes us confident about scoring points in the next races.”

 


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Pirelli – 2016 Malaysia Grand Prix – Race Report

Pirelli race notes including full pit stop summary and infographics.

 

2016 Malaysia Grand Prix – Race

RED BULL’S DANIEL RICCIARDO WINS IN 59-DEGREE TRACK
TEMPERATURES AT SEPANG WITH A TWO-STOP STRATEGY

STRATEGIES INFLUENCED BY THREE VIRTUAL SAFETY CARS

 TWO DRIVERS STOP ONLY ONCE AND FINISH IN THE POINTS
AT AN ACTION-PACKED MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX


Sepang, October 2, 2016 – The Malaysian Grand Prix, won by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, got underway with 59 degrees of track temperature: the hottest race conditions seen all year.

Two stops was the winning strategy as expected, but the tactics were influenced by three virtual safety car periods in the race – the second of which fell just within the pit window for a two-stop race.

Many drivers took advantage of this to switch to the hard tyre, which had to be used during the race because it was nominated twice as an obligatory available set. But Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was the only driver in the top four to move onto the soft tyres again during that period. This helped him undercut his direct rivals before emerging from his second stop in what became second overall after Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton retired from the lead with a mechanical problem – in what seemed set to be a one-stop strategy.

Ricciardo too may have adopted a one-stop strategy, but took advantage of the third virtual safety car period to make a final stop, which was the case for a number of other drivers as well, including Verstappen who finished behind his team mate to make a Red Bull one-two.

An alternative strategy was used by Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who started from 11th on the grid with the medium tyre and finished fifth after one-stopping. Renault’s Jolyon Palmer tried something similar, starting from 19th on the grid with the hard tyre and then changing to the soft to finish 10th.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “It was very close as to whether or not a two-stopper would be quicker than the three-stop strategy we predicted as theoretically fastest, so we saw a fascinating tactical battle between Mercedes and Red Bull, with Red Bull splitting their strategies to try and beat Mercedes. In the end, it was the virtual safety cars that influenced the strategy. We also saw some different one-stop strategies all the way down the field, with some drivers starting on the hard and medium compound. This was all made possible by degradation being managed from start to finish despite the highest track temperatures we have seen all year”.

Fastest times of the day by compound

Hard Medium Soft
First HAM 1m38.595s MAS 1m39.920s ROS 1m36.424s
Second ROS 1m38.757s PER 1m41.040s VES 1m37.376s
Third VES 1m38.930s HUL 1m41.342s RIC 1m37.449s

Longest stint of the race:

Hard Palmer 31 laps
Medium Nasr 32 laps
Soft Palmer 25 laps

Truthometer: We predicted a winning strategy of three stops. In the end Daniel Ricciardo stopped twice, although his second stop was influenced by the appearance of the virtual safety car. The Australian started on the soft (like all but four of the drivers) then changed to hard on lap 21 and soft on lap 41.


Pit stop summary:

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H= Hard

M= Medium

S= Soft compound

n= new compound

u= used compound


2016 Malaysia Grand Prix – Race – Infographics

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Malaysia GP 2016 – Ricciardo wins as Hamilton retires

Max Verstappen, finished second to complete a Red Bull one-two: “We were pushing the whole race. I am delighted.”

This was a race full of action and incidents.

Lewis Hamilton had to retire after blowing the engine, before this he had a comfortable lead and was looking to be on his way to comfortable win.

There was several other incidents during the race, also one involving Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen.

Todays winner is the man who drinks his champagne from his right racing boot, Daniel Ricciardo.

Congratulations with the victory today Daniel!


Race result from Formula1.com

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 56 1:37:12.776 25
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 56 +2.443s 18
3 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 56 +25.516s 15
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 56 +28.785s 12
5 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 56 +61.582s 10
6 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 56 +63.794s 8
7 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 56 +65.205s 6
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 56 +74.062s 4
9 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 56 +81.816s 2
10 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 56 +95.466s 1
11 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 56 +98.878s 0
12 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 55 +1 lap 0
13 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 55 +1 lap 0
14 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 55 +1 lap 0
15 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 55 +1 lap 0
16 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 55 +1 lap 0
NC 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 46 DNF 0
NC 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 40 DNF 0
NC 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 39 DNF 0
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 17 DNF 0
NC 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 7 DNF 0
NC 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 0 DNF 0

 

 

 

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Pirelli – 2016 Malaysia Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

Infographics and qualifying notes from Pirelli.

 Infographics

Infographics


 

 

2016 Malaysia Grand Prix, Qualifying

MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON CLAIMS POLE POSITION USING
THE SOFT TYRE, CLOSE TO THE FASTEST-EVER LAP OF SEPANG

FALLING TRACK TEMPERATURES AFFECT TRACK EVOLUTION AND
TYRE BEHAVIOUR DURING LATE-AFTERNOON QUALIFYING SESSION

TWO STOPS THE MOST LIKELY STRATEGY FOR THE GRAND PRIX

Sepang, October 1, 2016 – Following record track temperatures in excess of 60 degrees centigrade yesterday, qualifying today got underway in the cooler conditions of late afternoon with 43 degrees centigrade.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton went fastest on the soft tyre in qualifying (as he did in FP3 earlier today) with a pole time of 1m32.850s: more than six seconds faster than last year’s fastest time, set in Q2, of 1m39.269s, and close to the fastest-ever lap run round Sepang, which was 1m32.582s (set by Fernando Alonso in first qualifying in 2005).

A mixture of soft and medium tyres were used throughout qualifying, with the exception of Williams driver Felipe Massa, who completed an installation lap on the hard compound. Different tactics were used by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo – who used just one set of medium tyres to get through to Q2 – while McLaren’s Fernando Alonso also did just one run on mediums, as he will start at the back tomorrow due to grid penalties.

Track temperatures continued to fall throughout Q2, with all the drivers using the soft tyre from start to finish and the majority just completing one run. This means that all the top 10 will start on the soft tyre tomorrow, which is around 1.2 seconds faster than the medium.

The final top-10 shoot-out to decide pole, from which the win has been claimed in Malaysia nine times in 17 races, was also run entirely on the soft tyre. Some light drops of rain fell in the middle of Q3, with Hamilton securing his pole during the first run.

Two stops is likely to form the optimal race strategy tomorrow, with wear and degradation reduced compared to previous years as a result of the new track surface. However, the weather forecast predicts some rain showers, which could alter the complexion of the race.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The new track surface has clearly benefitted grip and traction, enabling one of the fastest-ever laps of Malaysia to be run today – more than six seconds faster than last year’s pole – using our soft tyre. We had falling track temperatures throughout the session, which presented a bit of a moving target for the teams, but they quickly got on top of that. There’s still something of a question mark over the weather but with all the top 10 starting on the soft tyre, we should see some interesting strategies at the front end of the field as the long runs seem closely matched.”

How the tyres behaved today:
Hard: Used just by Felipe Massa for an installation run in Q1, obligatory for race.
Medium: Seen in Q1 but not used thereafter: some drivers may not run it in the race.
Soft: Used to set second-fastest lap in Sepang’s history: all the top 10 will start on this.

Free practice 3 – top three times

 Hamilton  1m34.434s  Soft new
 Verstappen  1m34.879s  Soft new
 Rosberg  1m35.053s  Soft new

Qualifying top 10

Hamilton 1m32.850s Soft new
Rosberg 1m33.264s Soft new
Verstappen 1m33.420s Soft new
Ricciardo 1m33.467s Soft new
Vettel 1m33.584s Soft new
Raikkonen 1m33.632s Soft new
Perez 1m34.319s Soft new
Hulkenberg 1m34.489s Soft new
Button 1m34.518s Soft new
Massa 1m34.671s Soft new

 Most laps by compound so far

Hard Ocon 24 laps
Medium Grosjean 20
Medium Hamilton 20
Soft Gutierrez 20
Soft Vettel 20
Soft Wehrlein 20

Best time by compound so far

Hard Hamilton 1m35.956s
Medium Ricciardo 1m35.079s
Soft Hamilton 1m32.850s
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Malaysian GP 2016 – Saturday report from Renault Sport Formula One Team

2016 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, Saturday

Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer will line up on the seventh and tenth rows of the grid for the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. The R.S.16 showed improved relative performance in qualifying at the Sepang International Circuit however neither driver felt they extracted the maximum from their crucial laps today. Kevin, Jolyon and the team are focussed on achieving points-scoring results tomorrow.

Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-04, Q: P14 1:35.277. FP3: P16 1:36.741
“It’s a very good result for us in qualifying; P14 is much better than usual in terms of setting us up for scoring some points in the race. But it’s an ambivalent result as I felt so close to Q3 that I couldn’t resist giving it everything I’ve got on my final run; I locked up in turn 1 and lost the lap. I didn’t improve after that so it’s unfortunate. From P14, not a lot has to happen in the top ten for us to get points, which is always the aim. Let’s see tomorrow, hopefully our race pace is as good as qualifying today. You never really know how it will go here, so fingers crossed!”
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.16-05, Q: P19 1:35.999. FP3: P14: 1:36.604
“I’ll be frank; my lap was pretty far from what it should have been. I made the wrong call on set-up between my runs and the lap just didn’t come together. This was particularly frustrating as the pace has looked promising all weekend and there’s definitely better possible from the car here. Tomorrow I’ll be pushing all the way to make amends especially as this is a track where moving up the order is possible.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
Points are definitely the target.…
How was qualifying for the team?
It was an encouraging session in terms of the pace potential from the car; had Kevin had a perfect lap on his fresh tyres in Q2, P12 was definitely in the offing. Jolyon struggled to get his lap together in Q1 and that was a shame for him as he’s looked strong here for the rest of the weekend.
What are the considerations for tomorrow’s race?
We have 56 laps tomorrow and our long run pace should prove to be advantageous. The three tyre compounds here offer many strategy options on this new track surface, which works the tyres very differently from before. We accumulated a lot of data yesterday and today so it will be interesting to see how the race plays out. We’re most certainly looking to move forward and up the order. Points are definitely the target.

 

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Malaysian GP 2016 – Qualifying result

Lewis is back!

 

 

From Formula1.com


 

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:34.444 1:33.046 1:32.850 11
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 1:34.460 1:33.609 1:33.264 12
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:35.443 1:33.775 1:33.420 15
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:35.079 1:33.888 1:33.467 12
5 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:34.557 1:33.972 1:33.584 17
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:34.556 1:33.903 1:33.632 16
7 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:35.068 1:34.538 1:34.319 17
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:34.827 1:34.441 1:34.489 15
9 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:35.267 1:34.431 1:34.518 17
10 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:35.267 1:34.422 1:34.671 13
11 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:35.166 1:34.577 9
12 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:35.400 1:35.001 14
13 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 1:35.658 1:35.097 14
14 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 1:35.593 1:35.277 13
15 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:35.695 1:35.369 12
16 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:35.605 1:35.374 12
17 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:35.816 8
18 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 1:35.949 8
19 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:35.999 8
20 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 1:36.451 9
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 1:36.587 9
22 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:37.155 5

Q1 107% time – 1:41.055 Note – Alonso penalised 45 grid places for unscheduled power unit element changes.

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Malaysian GP 2016 – FP1 and FP2

The highest track temperatures in recent memory were recorded at Sepang in Malaysia at the start of FP2, hitting the 61 degree centigrade mark.

‘BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI’

2016 Malaysian Grand Prix – Practice Sessions

 RECORD TRACK TEMPERATURES REGISTERED
IN EXCESS OF 60 DEGREES DURING THE AFTERNOON

DRIVERS AND TEAMS USE FREE PRACTICE TO ASSESS NEW ASPHALT:
OVER A SECOND BETWEEN THE MEDIUM AND SOFT TYRES

 CLOUDY WEATHER EXPECTED TOMORROW
WITH POSSIBILITY OF RAIN FOR THE RACE

Sepang, September 30, 2016 – The highest track temperatures in recent memory were recorded at Sepang in Malaysia at the start of FP2, hitting the 61 degree centigrade mark.

Track temperatures fluctuated throughout the day, which had an effect on lap times as the drivers and teams completed qualifying simulations and longer race runs, using all three of the compounds available: hard, medium, and soft.

The main focus of the work today was to understand the new asphalt at Sepang, which has smoothed out all the bumps and altered the racing line, as well as making the surface less abrasive. So far, the track seems quite a lot quicker, with the fastest lap times today already smashing the fastest times of the entire weekend last year.

However, it was quite hard for the teams to get an accurate picture of wear and degradation, due to time lost in FP1 following a red flag, variable track temperatures, and track evolution. Adding to the complication is the fact that qualifying tomorrow takes place in the late afternoon, three hours after the FP2 start time, meaning that today’s data is not necessarily representative.  Also, the weather could turn cloudier for the rest of the weekend, with a risk of rain on race day.

The fastest time of the day was set by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in FP2, who set a 1m34.944s on the soft tyre: around 1.3 seconds faster than the medium at the moment.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The new asphalt in Malaysia seems to be quicker, and despite the hottest track temperatures seen in recent memory, all three of our compounds here stood up extremely well to the punishment, allowing times that were sometimes nearly five seconds faster than the equivalent sessions last year. But with the chance of different weather conditions for the remainder of the weekend, there are still a number of complex variables left to play out, which makes planning the strategy quite tricky at this point.”

FP1 – TIMES FP2 – TIMES
Rosberg 1m35.227s Soft New Hamilton 1m34.944s Soft New
Hamilton 1m35.721s Medium New Rosberg 1m35.177s Soft New
Raikkonen 1m36.315s Soft New Vettel 1m35.605s Soft New

FP1 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Hard Ricciardo 1m36.753s
Medium Hamilton 1m35.721s
Soft Rosberg 1m35.227s

FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Hard Hamilton 1m35.956s
Medium Rosberg 1m36.543s
Soft Hamilton 1m34.944s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND

Hard Ocon 24 laps
Medium Grosjean 20
Hamilton 20
Soft Gutierrez 20
Vettel 20
Wehrlein 20

Tyre statistics of the day:

Hard Medium Soft
kms driven * 1257 2860 2233
sets used overall ** 22 39 33
highest number of laps ** 24 20 20

* 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: 20.5 psi (fronts) 18.5 psi (rears)


English: Track map for Sepang International Ci...

English: Track map for Sepang International Circuit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Singapore GP Race result

From Formula1.com
2016

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 61 1:55:48.950 25
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 61 +0.488s 18
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 61 +8.038s 15
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 61 +10.219s 12
5 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 61 +27.694s 10
6 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 61 +71.197s 8
7 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 61 +89.198s 6
8 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 61 +111.062s 4
9 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 61 +111.557s 2
10 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 61 +119.952s 1
11 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 60 +1 lap 0
12 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 60 +1 lap 0
13 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 60 +1 lap 0
14 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 60 +1 lap 0
15 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 60 +1 lap 0
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 60 +1 lap 0
17 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 60 +1 lap 0
18 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 59 +2 laps 0
NC 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 43 DNF 0
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 35 DNF 0
NC 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 0 DNF 0
NC 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 0 DNS 0
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