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Race Result – Russian GP 2017

What a great race this was, really enjoyable to watch.

RACE FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX 24hAutomotive.com
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Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 25
2 Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari 18
3 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 15
4 Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes 12
5 Max Verstappen Netherlands Red Bull Racing 10
6 Sergio Perez Mexico Force India 8
7 Esteban Ocon France Force India 6
8 Niko Hulkenberg Germany Renault Sport F1 4
9 Felipe Massa Brazil Williams 2
10 Carloz Sainz Jr Spain Toro Rosso 1
Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 52 1:28:08.743 0
2 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 52 +0.617s 0
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen RAI Ferrari 52 +11.000s 0
4 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 52 +36.320s 0
5 33 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 52 +60.416s 0
6 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 52 +86.788s 0
7 31 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 52 +95.004s 0
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 52 +96.188s 0
9 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams Mercedes 51 +1 lap 0
10 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 51 +1 lap 0
11 18 Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 51 +1 lap 0
12 26 Daniil Kvyat KVY Toro Rosso 51 +1 lap 0
13 20 Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 51 +1 lap 0
14 2 Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Honda 51 +1 lap 0
15 9 Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 51 +1 lap 0
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein WEH Sauber Ferrari 50 +2 laps 0
NC 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 5 DNF 0
NC 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Honda 0 DNS 0
NC 30 Jolyon Palmer PAL Renault 0 DNF 0
NC 8 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 0 DNF 0

 

 



 


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Pirelli Race notes and Infographics – Bahrain Grand Prix Race

FERRARI’S SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS A STRATEGIC GRAND PRIX WITH A TWO-STOP STRATEGY

BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX RACE

FERRARI’S SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS A STRATEGIC GRAND PRIX  WITH A TWO-STOP STRATEGY

ALL THE DRIVERS STOP TWICE APART FROM SAUBER’S PASCAL WEHRLEIN

SEVERAL VARIATIONS ON THE TWO-STOP STRATEGY,  USING SOFT AND SUPERSOFT, WITH CONTAINED DEGRADATION


– Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix with a two-stop strategy, from the second row of the grid. All the drivers apart from Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein stopped twice, while his team-mate Marcus Ericsson was the only driver to begin the race on the soft tyre. In the warm conditions of the evening, degradation was contained on both compounds, enabling the drivers to push hard throughout every stint.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING

“Strategy was at the heart of this race, which was influenced also by an early safety car. In any case, a two-stop strategy was clearly the way forward in these conditions, but we saw different variations of this strategy, depending on the order in which the drivers used the supersoft and soft. Cooler conditions compared to previous days resulted in lower degradation for the supersoft and very good consistency for the soft”.



BAHRAIN GP PIT STOP SUMMARY
Car Driver Start Pit 1 Pit 2 Pit 3
5 VET SSu SSn (10) Sn (33)
44 HAM SSu Sn (13) Su (41)
77 BOT SSu SSn (13) Sn (30)
7 RAI SSu SSu (12) Sn (37)
3 RIC SSu Sn (13) SSn (39)
19 MAS SSu Sn (13) Sn (37)
11 PER SSn SSn (13) Sn (36)
8 GRO SSu SSu (12) Sn (31)
27 HUL SSu Sn (13) SSu (36)
31 OCO SSn SSn (11) Sn (37)
94 WEH SSn Sn (11)
26 KVY SSn Sn (13) SSu (41)
30 PAL SSu Sn (13) SSu (37)
14 ALO SSn Sn (13) SSn (36)
9 ERI Sn SSn (33)
55 SAI SSn SSn (12)
18 STR SSn Sn (8)
33 VER SSu
20 MAG SSn
VAN didn’t start
S= Soft

SS= Supersoft

n= new

u= used

 

˜BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI"

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Race result – 2017 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

A big congratulations to Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel with the victory in #BahrainGP 2017

 

Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1
Sebastian Vettel
Germany
Ferrari
25
2
Lewis Hamilton
England
Mercedes
18
3
Valtteri Bottas
Finland
Mercedes
15
4
Kimi Raikkonen
Finland
Ferrari
12
5
Daniel Ricciardo
Australia
Red Bull Racing
10
6
Felipe Massa
Brazil
Williams
8
7
Sergio Perez
Mexico
Force India
6
8
Romain Grosjean
France
Haas F1 Team
4
9
Niko Hulkenberg
Germany
Renault Sport F1 Team
2
10
Esteban Ocon
France
Force India
1

 

 

 


My notes:
Non, due to FIA is scheduling WEC and F1 at the same time … 😉

 


Full result from Formula1.com

  2017 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – RACE RESULT

1 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 57 1:33:53.374 0
2 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 57 +6.660s 0
3 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 57 +20.397s 0
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 57 +22.475s 0
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 57 +39.346s 0
6 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams Mercedes 57 +54.326s 0
7 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 57 +62.606s 0
8 8 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 57 +74.865s 0
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 57 +80.188s 0
10 31 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 57 +95.711s 0
11 94 Pascal Wehrlein WEH Sauber Ferrari 56 +1 lap 0
12 26 Daniil Kvyat KVY Toro Rosso 56 +1 lap 0
13 30 Jolyon Palmer PAL Renault 56 +1 lap 0
14 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Honda 54 DNF 0
NC 9 Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 50 DNF 0
NC 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 12 DNF 0
NC 18 Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 12 DNF 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 11 DNF 0
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 8 DNF 0
NC 2 Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Honda 0 DNS 0

 

 

 

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Saturday – 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

Alan Permane, Sporting Director:
We’re optimistic for a strong race with both cars in the points.

Photo: Courtesy of Renault Sport


Renault Sport Formula One Team 2017

 

Nico Hulkenberg, #27, R.S.17-02, Q: P7 1:29.842 FP3: P8 1:32.933

That was one of my best qualifying laps together with my pole in Brazil 2010. It’s quite a tricky track to get a perfect lap here, but I think I extracted the maximum possible today. The team has done a great job all through the weekend so I’m very proud and happy right now. Looking to the race, I’m a bit cautious with predictions as we had a great qualifying last time out, then the circumstances of the race undid our good work. We just need to get some good Easter egg points tomorrow.

 

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-01, Q: P10 1:31.074 FP3: P20: 1:34.417

Its my best ever qualifying; Q3 for the first time, and I’ve seen a full hour of qualifying, which is nice. I’m happy, especially as we had a tough weekend up until now, trying to extract the performance from the car. I got my head down with my engineers and we made some changes before qualifying making the car much better. I didn`t put in a fantastic Q3 lap so it could have gone better, but we do stand a good chance to score points tomorrow.

 

Alan Permane, Sporting Director:

Were optimistic for a strong race tomorrow with both cars in the points.

 

How was qualifying for the team?

Were obviously very happy with todays performance. Nico put in excellent laps all the way through the qualifying sessions, not only to be ahead of both the Williams, but also in P7 on the cleaner side of the track. Jo staged a fantastic recovery after a tricky weekend so far; following a difficult FP3 by improving steadily all the way through qualifying, for his first top ten grid position.

 

What are the considerations for tomorrows race?

The track temperature is unlikely to be as extreme as we’ve seen so far this weekend, which should be kinder on the tyres. The twilight race means cooler temperatures anyway but it will be another step cooler tomorrow. Our cars have been working well so far this weekend, so there’s nothing to fear ahead of the race. Were hopeful of a straightforward Grand Prix where we secure our first points of the year.


Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17.
Bahrain Grand Prix, Saturday 15th April 2017. Sakhir, Bahrain.

 

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Bahrain GP 2017 – TV tider, værmelding og full timeplan fra FIA

Kommer Bahrain GP til å bli et Ferrari VS Mercedes show slik som de to første løpene ble?

Post photo: Courtesy of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

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Weather Forecast – Bahrain GP 2017




Full time schedule from Formula1.com

THURSDAY 13th APRIL
Formula One Press conference – Press Room 15:00
FRIDAY 14th APRIL
TCR International Series First Practice Session 10:45 – 11:05
F2 Practice Session 11:30 – 12:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:30 – 13:30
Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East Practice Session 12:40 – 13:10
Formula One First Practice Session 14:00 – 15:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 15:45 – 17:00
TCR International Series Second Practice Session 15:55 – 16:15
Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East Qualifying Session 16:40 – 17:00
Formula One Second Practice Session
18:00 – 19:30
F2 Qualifying Session 20:00 – 20:30
Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 20:00 – 21:00
SATURDAY 15th APRIL
TCR International Series Qualifying Session 11:00 – 11:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 11:40 – 12:40
Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East First Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 11:55 – 12:25
Formula One Team Pit Stop Practice 12:10 – 12:30
Promoter Activity Drivers’ Autograph Session 12:30 – 13:30
F2 First Race (32 Laps or 60 Mins) 13:10 – 14:15
Formula One Third Practice Session 15:00 – 16:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 16:15 – 17:30
TCR International Series First Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 16:30 – 16:55
Formula One Qualifying Session 18:00 – 19:00
SUNDAY 16th APRIL
TCR International Series Second Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 13:00 – 13:25
F2 Second Race (23 Laps or 45 Mins) 14:15 – 15:05
Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East Second Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 15:30 – 16:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 15:30 – 17:15
Formula One Drivers’ Track Parade 16:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 16:45 – 17:15
Formula One National Anthem 17:46
Formula One Grand Prix (57 Laps or 120 Mins) 18:00 – 20:00

 

* Please note that this timetable is subject to amendments

 


Post photo: Courtesy of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

 

Formel 1 – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Großer Preis von China 2017. Lewis Hamilton ;
Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Chinese GP 2017. Lewis Hamilton;

 


 

 

Circuit Name : Bahrain International Circuit
Established : 2004    
Capacity : 50,000      
Circuit Type : Race      
Circuit Length : 6.299 kms      
Number of Laps : 49      
Race Distance : 308.405 kms    
Circuit Direction : Clockwise      
Circuit Turns : 23      
Lap Record : 1:31.447 Pedro de la Rosa (2005)

 

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Race result: 2017 FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Hamilton takes the victory at Shanghai International Circuit


 

Private notes:

Perez took Stroll out on the first lap, Antonio Giovinazzi did it all by himself on lap 3.

Max Verstappen is the man I had my money on for todays race, and 1/3 in to the race it is looking good.

Feel sorry for McLaren, on lap 17 Vandoorne had to return to the pit with a fuel problem.

Kvyat told to stop the car in a safe place on lap 18, looks like an hydraulic problem.

Ferrari is in very good shape in the mid part of the race and Vettel is passing the Red Bulls in second and third place.

Carlos Sainz impresses me again, I wish that we cold have him in the Williams F1 team … 🙂

Lap 34 – Alonso out of the race, drive shaft … (left side)

Makes me a bit sad to see this happening to Alonso that are so hard working.

It is great to see overtaking without DRS 🙂

 

 


Post photo: Courtesy of McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China. Friday 07 April 2017.
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 Honda, leaves the garage.
World Copyright: Steven Tee/McLaren
ref: Digital Image _R3I1657

 

Full result from Formula1.com

 

  Pos No Laps Time/Retired
1 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 56 1:37:36.158 0
2 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 56 +6.250s 0
3 33 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 56 +45.192s 0
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 56 +46.035s 0
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 56 +48.076s 0
6 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 56 +48.808s 0
7 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 56 +72.893s 0
8 20 Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 55 +1 lap 0
9 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 55 +1 lap 0
10 31 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 55 +1 lap 0
11 8 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 55 +1 lap 0
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 55 +1 lap 0
13 30 Jolyon Palmer PAL Renault 55 +1 lap 0
14 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams Mercedes 55 +1 lap 0
15 9 Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 55 +1 lap 0
NC 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Honda 33 DNF 0
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat KVY Toro Rosso 18 DNF 0
NC 2 Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Honda 17 DNF 0
NC 36 Antonio Giovinazzi GIO Sauber Ferrari 3 DNF 0
NC 18 Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 0 DNF 0

 

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Qualifying result for the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix

Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 20-23°C air, 30-36°C track

From Formula1.com


 

  Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3  Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:33.333 1:32.406 1:31.678 13
2 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:33.078 1:32.391 1:31.864 15
3 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:33.684 1:32.552 1:31.865 14
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:33.341 1:32.181 1:32.140 15
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:34.041 1:33.546 1:33.033 12
6 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams Mercedes 1:34.205 1:33.759 1:33.507 14
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:34.453 1:33.636 1:33.580 16
8 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 1:34.657 1:33.920 1:33.706 15
9 26 Daniil Kvyat KVY Toro Rosso 1:34.440 1:34.034 1:33.719 17
10 18 Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 1:33.986 1:34.090 1:34.220 18
11 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 1:34.567 1:34.150 11
12 20 Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 1:34.942 1:34.164 12
13 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Honda 1:34.499 1:34.372 11
14 9 Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 1:34.892 1:35.046 15
15 36 Antonio Giovinazzi GIO Sauber Ferrari 1:34.963 8
16 2 Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Honda 1:35.023 6
17 8 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 1:35.223 6
18 30 Jolyon Palmer PAL Renault 1:35.279 6
19 33 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:35.433 7
20 31 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 1:35.496 8

Q1 107% time – 1:39.593


Post photo: Courtesy of Sauber F1 Team

Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA), Sauber F1 Team.
Shanghai International Circuit.

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Pre-season test 2: Barcelona, Spain, 2017

Pre-season testing has now concluded, with all the teams taking part in the second four-day session this week and completing plenty of running.

BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI 

 

Pre-season testing has now concluded, with all the teams taking part in the second four-day session this week and completing plenty of running. The fastest time of the latest session (and the whole test) was 1m18.634s, set on the final morning by Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, using the P Zero Red supersoft tyre.

Unlike last week, there was no wet session during the second four-day test, meaning that the teams concentrated exclusively on the slick tyres from start to finish.

Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing: “During the eight days of pre-season testing, we’ve fulfilled most of the objectives that we had targeted. This week we confirmed the results of last week’s test, particularly with regard to the fast recovery of the tyres if they overheat, which was a particular wish of the drivers for the 2017 compounds. Compared to the general work we saw last week these last four days were more geared towards performance and race simulation in preparation for the season ahead. While the cars are yet to perform at their maximum potential, we saw the fastest-ever lap of Barcelona in the circuit’s current configuration this week, beating last year’s pole by more than three seconds and the 2015 pole by more than six seconds. The target of being five seconds faster than the 2015 times in Barcelona was already met last week and now that benchmark has been lowered further. Considering that many of the best times were set on compounds that are not particularly suited to Barcelona, and that the cars are sure to evolve rapidly over the course of the season, this indicates the phenomenal potential performance of the new generation of Formula 1, which we can say produces the fastest cars that the sport has ever seen.”

BEST TIMES DAY 5
Driver Team Compound LapTime
Massa Williams SUPERSOFT 01:19,726
Ricciardo Red Bull ULTRASOFT 01:19,900
Vettel Ferrari SOFT 01:19,906
Hamilton Mercedes SOFT 01:20,456
Bottas Mercedes SOFT 01:20,924
Ocon Force India SUPERSOFT 01:21,347
Hulkenberg Renault SOFT 01:21,589
Magnussen Haas SOFT 01:21,676
Kvyat Toro Rosso SUPERSOFT 01:21,743
Vandoorne McLaren SOFT 01:22,537
Wehrlein Sauber SOFT 01:23,336
Ericsson Sauber SOFT 01:23,630
Palmer Renault SOFT 01:24,790
 

 

BEST TIMES DAY 6

Driver Team Compound LapTime
Bottas Mercedes SUPERSOFT 01:19,310
Massa Williams ULTRASOFT 01:19,420
Raikkonen Ferrari SOFT 01:20,406
Verstappen Red Bull SOFT 01:20,432
Stroll Williams SUPERSOFT 01:20,579
Hamilton Mercedes SOFT 01:20,702
Hulkenberg Renault SUPERSOFT 01:21,213
Perez Force India SUPERSOFT 01:21,297
Sainz J Toro Rosso SOFT 01:21,872
Grosjean Haas ULTRASOFT 01:21,887
Wehrlein Sauber SOFT 01:23,000
Alonso McLaren SOFT 01:23,041
Ericsson Sauber SOFT 01:23,384
Palmer Renault SOFT 01:24,774
 

 

BEST TIMES DAY 7

Driver Team Compound LapTime
Vettel Ferrari ULTRASOFT 01:19,024
Hamilton Mercedes ULTRASOFT 01:19,352
Ocon Force India ULTRASOFT 01:20,161
Kvyat Toro Rosso SUPERSOFT 01:20,416
Magnussen Haas ULTRASOFT 01:20,504
Ricciardo Red Bull SOFT 01:20,824
Vandoorne McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:21,348
Bottas Mercedes SOFT 01:21,819
Wehrlein Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:22,347
Palmer Renault SOFT 01:22,418
Ericsson Sauber SOFT 01:23,330
Massa Williams MEDIUM 01:24,443
Stroll Williams MEDIUM 01:24,863
 

 

BEST TIMES DAY 8

Driver Team Compound LapTime
Raikkonen Ferrari SUPERSOFT 01:18,634
Verstappen Red Bull SUPERSOFT 01:19,438
Sainz J Toro Rosso ULTRASOFT 01:19,837
Bottas Mercedes SUPERSOFT 01:19,845
Hamilton Mercedes ULTRASOFT 01:19,850
Hulkenberg Renault ULTRASOFT 01:19,885
Perez Force India ULTRASOFT 01:20,116
Palmer Renault ULTRASOFT 01:20,205
Stroll Williams SOFT 01:20,335
Grosjean Haas ULTRASOFT 01:21,110
Alonso McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:21,389
Ericsson Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:21,670
Wehrlein Sauber SOFT 01:23,527
 

 

BEST TIMES – OVERALL TEST 2

Driver Team Compound LapTime Test Day
Raikkonen Ferrari SUPERSOFT 01:18,634 DAY 8
Vettel Ferrari ULTRASOFT 01:19,024 DAY 7
Bottas Mercedes SUPERSOFT 01:19,310 DAY 6
Hamilton Mercedes ULTRASOFT 01:19,352 DAY 7
Massa Williams ULTRASOFT 01:19,420 DAY 6
Verstappen Red Bull SUPERSOFT 01:19,438 DAY 8
Sainz J Toro Rosso ULTRASOFT 01:19,837 DAY 8
Hulkenberg Renault ULTRASOFT 01:19,885 DAY 8
Ricciardo Red Bull ULTRASOFT 01:19,900 DAY 5
Perez Force India ULTRASOFT 01:20,116 DAY 8
Ocon Force India ULTRASOFT 01:20,161 DAY 7
Palmer Renault ULTRASOFT 01:20,205 DAY 8
Stroll Williams SOFT 01:20,335 DAY 8
Kvyat Toro Rosso SUPERSOFT 01:20,416 DAY 7
Magnussen Haas ULTRASOFT 01:20,504 DAY 7
Grosjean Haas ULTRASOFT 01:21,110 DAY 8
Vandoorne McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:21,348 DAY 7
Alonso McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:21,389 DAY 8
Ericsson Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:21,670 DAY 8
Wehrlein Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:22,347 DAY 7
 

 

BEST TIMES OVERALL TEST 1 – 2

Driver Team Compound LapTime Test Day
Raikkonen Ferrari SUPERSOFT 01:18,634 DAY 8
Vettel Ferrari ULTRASOFT 01:19,024 DAY 7
Bottas Mercedes SUPERSOFT 01:19,310 DAY 6
Hamilton Mercedes ULTRASOFT 01:19,352 DAY 7
Massa Williams ULTRASOFT 01:19,420 DAY 6
Verstappen Red Bull SUPERSOFT 01:19,438 DAY 8
Sainz J Toro Rosso ULTRASOFT 01:19,837 DAY 8
Hulkenberg Renault ULTRASOFT 01:19,885 DAY 8
Ricciardo Red Bull ULTRASOFT 01:19,900 DAY 5
Perez Force India ULTRASOFT 01:20,116 DAY 8
Ocon Force India ULTRASOFT 01:20,161 DAY 7
Palmer Renault ULTRASOFT 01:20,205 DAY 8
Stroll Williams SOFT 01:20,335 DAY 8
Kvyat Toro Rosso SUPERSOFT 01:20,416 DAY 7
Magnussen Haas ULTRASOFT 01:20,504 DAY 7
Grosjean Haas ULTRASOFT 01:21,110 DAY 8
Vandoorne McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:21,348 DAY 7
Alonso McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:21,389 DAY 8
Ericsson Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:21,670 DAY 8
Wehrlein Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:22,347 DAY 7
Giovinazzi Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:22,401 DAY 4
Celis Force India ULTRASOFT 01:23,568 DAY 3

 

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Sahara Force India signs partnership agreement with BWT

Sahara Force India takes on a brand new look this year following the signing of a partnership agreement with Europe’s No. 1 water technology specialists, BWT.

Courtesy of Sahara Force India Formula One Team

Sahara Force India signs partnership agreement with BWT.

 

Sahara Force India takes on a brand new look this year following the signing of a partnership agreement with Europe’s No. 1 water technology specialists, BWT.

The VJM10 will race in pink, magenta and silver to mark the beginning of a long-term relationship with the Austrian-headquartered water brand. The new colours will make their debut at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The partnership represents BWT’s first involvement in Formula One as the brand takes advantage of the sport’s global footprint to promote its unique water treatment products, such as the BWT Magnesium Mineralizer. BWT’s presence is also reinforced with the BWT pink helmets of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon to complement the unique BWT pink car.

Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director of Sahara Force India:

“The arrival of BWT in Formula One is huge news and represents one of the most significant partnerships in our ten year history. It’s a sign of how far we have come as a team with our strong results and completes a solid commercial performance over the winter. For 2017 our cars will sport a vibrant new colour scheme with a smart matte finish. Changing the colour of our cars is an indication of the strength of this new partnership and a real statement of intent from BWT as they begin their relationship with the sport of Formula One.”

BWT CEO Andreas Weißenbacher, on BWT’s decision to sponsor a Formula 1 team, says:

“The collaboration with Sahara Force India is an important part of our brand-globalisation strategy and will dynamically increase awareness of our brand around the world. We share with Formula 1 –  the premier league of motor sport –  the passion we show every day in trying to achieve the best possible standards for our elixir of life, H2O, enabling us to meet the demanding requirements for quality, health, safety and hygiene and drive the development of new technologies.”

Images credited: 'Force India F1 Team'

The Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 Livery Reveal, Tuesday 14th March 2017.

All images credit: 'Force India F1 Team'

About BWT
The Best Water Technology Group (BWT) is Europe‘s leading water technology company. BWT’s 3,300 employees aim to supply private, industrial, business, hotel and public sector customers with innovative, economical and ecological technologies that guarantee maximum safety, hygiene and health in the daily use of water – the precious elixir of life. BWT provides state-of-the-art water treatment technologies and services for drinking water, pharmaceutical water, process water, heating water, boiler water, cooling water, water for air-conditioning systems and water for swimming pools. Our Research & Development teams use the latest methods developed to work on new processes and materials to create products that are both ecological and economical. A key development issue is a reduction in the products’ consumption of operating resources and energy to minimise CO2 emissions. www.bwt-group.com


About Sahara Force India Formula One Team
Over the last ten years Sahara Force India has risen to become one of the sport’s most prominent success stories. Year-on-year the Silverstone-based team has continued its journey towards the front of the grid with a fourth place finish in the FIA Formula One World Championship the reward for a remarkable 2016 season. The team’s global appeal has increased thanks to its strong on-track performance, growing partner portfolio and the arrival of world-class drivers such as Sergio Perez. The signing of young superstar, Esteban Ocon, to race alongside Perez for 2017, creates one of Formula One’s most exciting line-ups and gives the team fresh energy to build on its achievements ahead of the new season. www.forceindiaf1.com

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Pre-season test 1: Barcelona, Spain, February 27- March 2, 2017

Valtteri Bottas set a best time of 1m19.705s on ultrasoft tyres, pole time in 2015 at Barcelona was 1m24.681s.

BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI

 

The first four days of pre-season Formula 1 testing concluded today at the Spanish circuit of Montmelò. A total of 3185 laps were covered, that means 14.826 kms.
From Monday to Wednesday, the drivers tested the new wider slick tyres on 2017 cars for the first time. Today they also tried the wet-weather tyres on an artificially-dampened circuit, using both the full wet and intermediate.

Mario Isola, Pirelli Racing Manager: “We’re satisfied with the results of these four days. From what we can see up to now, the new product is in line with our expectations. For the 2017 season, the sport asked us to develop tyres with less degradation, which allow drivers to push to the maximum. That’s what we’ve seen during these four days of testing so far, and what we’ll continue to see in the second four-day session next week.

During the first session, the lap times have already been lowered considerably. The target was for lap times that were five seconds faster compared to Barcelona in 2015. Yesterday, Valtteri Bottas set a best time of 1m19.705s on ultrasoft tyres. Considering that the pole time in 2015 at Barcelona was 1m24.681s, I would say that this objective has been met.

Today, we also saw the new wet weather tyres on track for the first time on the 2017 cars. The combination of new dimensions and a new tread pattern means that the water expulsion capacity of the Cinturato Blue full wet tyre has gone up from 65 to 85 litres of water per second, per tyre, at 300kph. The Cinturato Green intermediate also has an increase: from 25 to 30 litres of water per second dispersed.

We’ve now collected plenty more data for our engineers to analyse ahead of the next test session that takes place from March 7-10, again in Barcelona.”


BEST TIMES DAY 1
Driver Team Compound LapTime
Hamilton Mercedes SOFT 01:21,765
Vettel Ferrari MEDIUM 01:21,878
Massa Williams SOFT 01:22,076
Magnussen Haas SOFT 01:22,894
Ricciardo Red Bull SOFT 01:22,926
Bottas Mercedes SOFT 01:23,169
Perez Force India SOFT 01:23,709
Sainz J Toro Rosso MEDIUM 01:24,494
Hulkenberg Renault MEDIUM 01:24,784
Alonso McLaren SOFT 01:24,852
Ericsson Sauber MEDIUM 01:26,841

 

 


BEST TIMES DAY 2
Driver Team Compound LapTime
Raikkonen Ferrari SOFT 01:20,960
Hamilton Mercedes SUPERSOFT 01:20,983
Verstappen Red Bull SOFT 01:22,200
Magnussen Haas SUPERSOFT 01:22,204
Ocon Force India SUPERSOFT 01:22,509
Kvyat Toro Rosso SOFT 01:22,956
Bottas Mercedes SOFT 01:22,986
Palmer Renault SOFT 01:24,139
Giovinazzi Renault SOFT 01:24,617
Vandoorne McLaren SOFT 01:25,600
Stroll Williams MEDIUM 01:26,040

 

 


BEST TIMES DAY 3
Driver Team Compound LapTime
Bottas Mercedes ULTRASOFT 01:19,705
Vettel Ferrari SOFT 01:19,952
Ricciardo Red Bull SOFT 01:21,153
Palmer Renault SOFT 01:21,396
Hulkenberg Renault SOFT 01:21,791
Ericsson Sauber SUPERSOFT 01:21,824
Hamilton Mercedes SOFT 01:22,090
Grosjean Haas SUPERSOFT 01:22,118
Stroll Williams SOFT 01:22,351
Alonso McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:22,598
Sainz J Toro Rosso MEDIUM 01:23,540
Celis Force India ULTRASOFT 01:23,568
Kvyat Toro Rosso MEDIUM 01:23,952

 

BEST TIMES DAY 4
Driver Team Compound LapTime
Raikkonen Ferrari SOFT 01:20,872
Verstappen Red Bull SOFT 01:21,769
Palmer Renault SOFT 01:21,778
Grosjean Haas MEDIUM 01:22,309
Giovinazzi Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:22,401
Perez Force India SUPERSOFT 01:22,534
Vandoorne McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:22,576
Bottas Mercedes SOFT 01:23,443
Hulkenberg Renault SOFT 01:24,974

 

 


BEST TIMES – OVERALL
Driver Team Compound LapTime Test Day
Bottas Mercedes ULTRASOFT 01:19,705 DAY 3
Vettel Ferrari SOFT 01:19,952 DAY 3
Raikkonen Ferrari SOFT 01:20,960 DAY 2
Hamilton Mercedes SUPERSOFT 01:20,983 DAY 2
Ricciardo Red Bull SOFT 01:21,153 DAY 3
Palmer Renault SOFT 01:21,396 DAY 3
Verstappen Red Bull SOFT 01:21,769 DAY 4
Hulkenberg Renault SOFT 01:21,791 DAY 3
Ericsson Sauber SUPERSOFT 01:21,824 DAY 3
Massa Williams SOFT 01:22,076 DAY 1
Grosjean Haas SUPERSOFT 01:22,118 DAY 3
Magnussen Haas SUPERSOFT 01:22,204 DAY 2
Stroll Williams SOFT 01:22,351 DAY 3
Giovinazzi Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:22,401 DAY 4
Ocon Force India SUPERSOFT 01:22,509 DAY 2
Perez Force India SUPERSOFT 01:22,534 DAY 4
Vandoorne McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:22,576 DAY 4
Alonso McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:22,598 DAY 3
Kvyat Toro Rosso SOFT 01:22,956 DAY 2
Sainz J Toro Rosso MEDIUM 01:23,540 DAY 3
Celis Force India ULTRASOFT 01:23,568 DAY 3

 

 


 

 

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The Sauber C36-Ferrari – the anniversary car for the new era

I personally think the Sauber C36-Ferrari is one of the most beautiful F1 cars we have seen in a very long time.

From Sauber F1 Team:

 

20 February 2017

In 2017 the Sauber F1 Team celebrates another milestone: it is the 25th Formula One season in the teams’ history. Together with its new owner, Longbow Finance S. A., the Sauber F1 Team starts a new era. In the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship the Swiss team will again be competing with driver Marcus Ericsson (SE, 26) and the new arrival Pascal Wehrlein (DE, 22). The official rollout of the new Sauber C36-Ferrari will take place on the occasion of the first winter tests at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March.

A new era
Not only will Formula One be starting a fresh era with its new technical regulations and rules, but also the Sauber F1 Team. With new ownership, the Sauber Group has the chance of a new beginning, and can establish itself and can create a solid basis for a competitive and successful future. CEO and Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn is looking forward to exciting times: “Together with Longbow Finance S. A., we have great opportunities to be competitive again and to return to previous successes in Formula One. We want to position ourselves with a new approach, and we have already taken the first steps in order to build a solid foundation for the future.“

Despite the fact that Formula One and its teams will again enter new territory based on the new technical regulations and rules in 2017, the Sauber F1 Team’s expectations are straight to the point: “We clearly have to improve,” says Monisha Kaltenborn. “With the Sauber C36-Ferrerai we have a solid basis as well as the resources to further develop the Sauber C36-Ferrari through the season. This will be important to establish in mid-field.”

A new car
In Jörg Zander a new technical director arrived at the high-tech factory in Hinwil in January 2017. The first thing he had to do was to get an overview of the technical prerequisites and to familiarise himself with both the new and the old conditions – which he soon managed to do because he felt comfortable from day one. Jörg Zander is a familiar face, returning to the Swiss team after having worked there from 2006 to 2007 as chief designer for the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

The German summarises the most conspicuous changes that define the Sauber C36-Ferrari due to the new regulations: “The cars are becoming wider again, from 1.80 to 2 metres, the tyres are 25 % wider, the front and rear wings are becoming wider as well, plus the diffuser is being enlarged. In total, this means more downforce, more grip and, as a result, faster lap times.” Consequently, work on the concept of the new car was focused on reducing the drag coefficient (due to the wider tyres) to a minimum as well as achieving a significant weight reduction, for instance by means of the new roll structure. In certain areas of lightweight design the team went to the limits. The aero concept includes the optimisation of the front and rear wings and the underfloor. The radiator, the sidepods and the bodywork were designed to be as slim as possible. Clear progress was also achieved in terms of additional downforce. The key here is to keep downforce, which is generated via driving, and remain stable in various track sections. Jörg Zander explains the changes in the development procedure in more precise terms: “We put greater emphasis on aerodynamic stability as opposed to maximizing downforce.”

New regulations
“Basically, big teams also have an advantage when it comes to major changes in the regulations,” says Jörg Zander, “but when the cards are reshuffled new opportunities always present themselves as well. The Sauber C36-Ferrari is wider and lower, with wider tyres making the car look more muscular than last year’s model, the C35. Practically just by looking at it, one can tell the speed the new car has increased as a result of more downforce and shorter braking distances – measured against lap time, not top speed – it is written all over its face. The width of the front tyres has increased from 245 to 305 mm, that of the rear tyres from 325 to 405 mm. Something that has not changed compared with 2016 is the fact that the wider tyres will be able to decide races as well when it comes to how they work and harmonise with the car’s setup and with respect to wear. “With the tyres one might be able to mask deficits and get development concepts to work better,” says Jörg Zander.

The Sauber C36-Ferrari is a car which, due to the new technical regulations, has been redesigned from scratch. There is not a single part that could be adopted from its C35 predecessor. In 2017, the Ferrari powertrain in the Abu Dhabi 2016 configuration will be used initially together with the C36. One of the changes this season is that only four of the six units of a powertrain can be changed without penalty. In the next few years the number will be further reduced, which is why the manufacturers are going to put greater emphasis on the durability than on the top speed of their units. Jörg Zander regards the 2016-spec engine as “a tried and tested system with higher durability to begin with.” In addition, with respect to the design resources in planning the development of the C36, Jörg Zander says that “being able to get started early and defining the engine environment was an advantage because the team was familiar with the engine and the transmission as well as the cooling requirements the engine entailed.”

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Pirelli has announced compound choices and mandatory sets for Bahrain and Russian GP 2017

PIRELLI ANNOUNCES COMPOUND CHOICES AND MANDATORY SETS
FOR THE 2017 GRANDS PRIX OF BAHRAIN AND RUSSIA

 

Milan, January 11, 2017 – Pirelli announces the following compounds for the third and fourth rounds of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

In BAHRAIN*, to be held from April 14-16 on the Sakhir circuit:
P Zero White medium
P Zero Yellow soft
P Zero Red supersoft

These are the tyres that must be available (at least one of them to be used) at some point in the race:
One set of P Zero White medium
One set of P Zero Yellow soft

There are the tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:                     
One set of P Zero Red supersoft

In RUSSIA*, to be held from April 28-30 on the Sochi circuit:
P Zero Yellow soft
P Zero Red supersoft
P Zero Purple ultrasoft

These are the tyres that must be available (at least one of them to be used) at some point in the race:
One set of P Zero Yellow soft
One set of P Zero Red supersoft

There are the tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:                     
One set of P Zero Purple ultrasoft

*The tyre nomination for long-haul events has to be made 15 weeks in advance, whereas for European races the deadline is nine weeks in advance.

In accordance with the regulations, each driver must save for Q3 one set of the softest of the three nominated compounds. This set will be given back to Pirelli after Q3 for those who qualify in the top 10, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race.

For the first five events of the season all 13 sets for each driver are identical and defined in the regulations: seven sets of the softest of the three nominated compounds, four sets of the middle compound and two of the hardest compound nominated. 

ABOUT THE 2017 TYRES:

  • The range has been completely transformed, with new sizes (305/670-13 at the front and 405/670-13 at the rear) as well as new profiles, constructions and compounds.
  • The compounds in particular make use of entirely new materials and a completely fresh design philosophy.
  • After a very positive testing programme with the new sizes Pirelli has decided to additionally homologate a back-up compound alongside each of the five new base compounds. These extra compounds are formulated using more traditional criteria compared to the new base compounds.
  • For the first part of the championship, only the new-generation base compounds have been selected.
  • The back-up compounds could be introduced later in the season to respond to any particular requirements once the real performance levels of the 2017 cars have been identified.
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