Jolyon wasn’t able to match Nico’s pace so he will have more work to do in the race.
Tag: Nico Hulkenberg
Renault Sport Formula One Team ended the first day of practice for the Grand Prix du Canada just shy of the top ten with Nico Hülkenberg posting the twelfth fastest time of the day, a 1min 14.604secs.
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What a fantastic race.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Australia||Red Bull Racing||15|
|4||Sergio Perez||Mexico||Force India||12|
|5||Esteban Ocon||France||Force India||10|
|6||Niko Hulkenberg||Germany||Renault Sport F1 Team||8|
|7||Carloz Sainz Jr||Spain||Toro Rosso||6|
|8||Pascal Wehrlein||Germany||Sauber F1 Team||4|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Russia||Toro Rosso||2|
|10||Romain Grosjean||France||Haas F1 Team||1|
My driver of the day:
Courtesy of Sauber F1 Team
Final result from Formula1.com
|3||3||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||66||+75.820s||15|
|4||11||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||65||+1 lap||12|
|5||31||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||65||+1 lap||10|
|7||55||TORO ROSSO||65||+1 lap||6|
|8||94||SAUBER FERRARI||65||+1 lap||4|
|9||26||TORO ROSSO||65||+1 lap||2|
|10||8||HAAS FERRARI||65||+1 lap||1|
|11||9||SAUBER FERRARI||64||+2 laps||0|
|12||14||MCLAREN HONDA||64||+2 laps||0|
|13||19||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||64||+2 laps||0|
|14||20||HAAS FERRARI||64||+2 laps||0|
|16||18||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||64||+2 laps||0|
|NC||33||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||1||DNF||0|
Best qualifying in 2017 season?
I think so.
This qualifying was amazing, and what a performance from Fernando.
Ericsson beaten by Wehrlein in Q1
Sauber F1 Team: 0.005s makes the difference, it’s P16 for Marcus.
Post photo – Courtesy of McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team
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.
Ferrari is a real threat to Mercedes already in the first race of the season.
This is great news for the sport.
Result and screen shots from Formula1.com
|5||33||VER||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:24.482||1:24.092||1:23.485||18|
|10||3||RIC||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:25.383||1:23.989||DNF||10|
|11||11||PER||Force India Mercedes||1:25.064||1:25.081||13|
|14||31||OCO||Force India Mercedes||1:26.009||1:25.568||16|
My "private" Notes:
Early start tomorrow as well 😉
Post photo from RenaultSport.com
2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race Notes and Infographics.
2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race
HAMILTON WINS RACE WHILE HIS MERCEDES TEAM MATE ROSBERG
WINS CHAMPIONSHIP: BOTH USE IDENTICAL TWO-STOP STRATEGIES
ALTERNATIVE DOUBLE-STOPPER USED BY FERRARI’S
SEBASTIAN VETTEL TO FINISH ON PODIUM
FINAL DEVELOPMENT TEST ON TUESDAY AS THREE TEAMS
TRY OUT 2017 TYRES WITH MULE CARS TOGETHER
Yas Marina, November 27, 2016 – The final race in the era of deliberately high tyre degradation came to an end with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and his team mate Nico Rosberg finishing second to win the drivers’ world championship for the first time.
Both Mercedes drivers used an identical two-stop strategy, starting on the ultrasoft and then changing twice to the soft within a single lap of each other on both occasions.
A different strategy was adopted by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who used all three compounds: starting on the ultrasoft, switching to the soft and then ending the race on the supersoft. Vettel was the fastest man on the track in the closing stages, moving up the leaderboard to threaten the leaders and provide a dramatic finish to the race.
The only drivers in the top 10 not to start on the ultrasoft were the two Red Bull drivers. Despite a spin at the start of the race following contact, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was able to climb to second overall before making his single stop. Verstappen was the only one of frontrunners to stop just once, maximizing his first supersoft stint to gain track position and eventually finish fourth.
On Tuesday, the final development test for the completely new 2017 tyres will take place, with Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari all taking to the track with their modified 2015 mule cars together for the first time. The next wider generation of tyres is designed to provide less degradation, introducing a new philosophy for the technical revolution that will provide even more performance next year.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The decision taken by Red Bull yesterday to start on the supersoft was pivotal to the race today, with Max Verstappen making the most of a creative one-stop strategy to challenge the two-stoppers. Sebastian Vettel also capitalised on the performance of the supersoft to move up in the closing stages. Congratulations to Nico Rosberg for winning his first world title, and we’d also like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to Felipe Massa and Jenson Button, who both ended their fantastic Formula 1 careers today. Now that the 2016 season is over, our focus already switches to next year – starting on Tuesday, when we undertake our final development test for the new 2017 wider tyres, using all three mule cars together for the first time.”
Fastest times of the day by compound
|First||RIC 1m44.889s||VET 1m43.729s||HAM 1m46.191s|
|Second||HAM 1m45.137s||ALO 1m44.495s||ROS 1m46.394s|
|Third||RAI 1m45.163s||GRO 1m44.970s||RAI 1m46.479s|
Longest stint of the race:
A big congratulation to the fantastic Mercedes AMG F1 Team. What a fantastic season you have had!
|4||33||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||55||+1.685s||12|
|5||3||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||55||+5.315s||10|
|7||27||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||55||+50.114s||6|
|8||11||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||55||+58.776s||4|
|13||31||MRT MERCEDES||54||+1 lap||0|
|14||94||MRT MERCEDES||54||+1 lap||0|
|15||9||SAUBER FERRARI||54||+1 lap||0|
|16||12||SAUBER FERRARI||54||+1 lap||0|
|NC||55||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||41||DNF||0|
|NC||26||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||14||DNF||0|
In line with expectations, track and air temperatures dropped throughout each session, meaning that the quickest times tended to come right at the end.
2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Qualifying
TRACK EVOLUTION AND FALLING TEMPERATURES MEANS THAT TIMES
SPEED UP RAPIDLY THROUGHOUT EACH QUALIFYING SESSION
MERCEDES ONE-TWO ON ULTRASOFT WITH HAMILTON BEATING
ROSBERG, WHILE RED BULL DRIVERS WILL START ON THE SUPERSOFT
TWO PIT STOPS LIKELY FOR THE RACE: STRATEGY WILL BE CRUCIAL
ON A TRACK WHERE IT IS HARD TO OVERTAKE
Yas Marina, November 26, 2016 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s world championship decider from pole position after setting a time of 1m38.755s on the ultrasoft tyre. This was a second and a half faster than last year’s pole, when the supersoft was the softest available compound.
In line with expectations, track and air temperatures dropped throughout each session, meaning that the quickest times tended to come right at the end. All the drivers were straight onto the ultrasoft in Q1, with the exception of the Williams drivers. Only Valtteri Bottas managed to get through to Q2 with the supersoft only.
Having gone fastest in Q1 on the ultrasoft, Hamilton lowered his benchmark in Q2 on a fresh set of the same compound, with both him and his team mate completing only one run to place first and second.
Red Bull was the only team to take an alternative approach to the Q2 session by running the supersoft, which is around 0.7 seconds slower than the ultrasoft but can last longer. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will start from third and sixth on the grid tomorrow: the only cars in the top 10 to begin the grand prix on the supersoft. Both Red Bull drivers completed their final Q2 runs on the ultrasoft, without improving their previous times.
The final top 10 shoot-out was mostly contested over two runs, with Hamilton’s pole time on the second run coming close to the absolute qualifying record set in 2011.
The most likely strategy tomorrow is for two pit stops, with tactics playing an important role in the race as the Yas Marina circuit is quite difficult to overtake on, as has been seen in the past here during previous championship deciders. One predictable factor should be the weather, which is expected to be similar to conditions today.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “Track and air temperatures fell throughout the session, and we were also a full 11 degrees cooler on track than the FP3 session earlier in the day. In these unique conditions the ultrasoft came into its own, but there was an interesting variation in strategy from Red Bull, which has opted to start the race on the supersoft. How these different tactics play out will be a key aspect of the race and potentially the championship outcome tomorrow.”
How the tyres behaved today:
Soft: Not seen in qualifying at all but will be a vital ingredient in tomorrow’s race.
Supersoft: The talking point in qualifying, with Red Bull opting to use them in Q2.
Ultrasoft: Around 0.7s.faster than the supersoft, used for the majority of running today.
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
QUALIFYING TOP 10
MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
Man of the day #8
|4||33||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||1:11.957||1:11.834||1:11.485||12|
|6||3||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||1:12.409||1:12.047||1:11.540||12|
|8||27||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||1:12.428||1:12.360||1:12.104||20|
|9||11||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||1:12.684||1:12.331||1:12.165||21|
|14||26||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||1:13.071||1:12.726||15|
|15||55||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||1:12.950||1:12.920||15|
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
QUALIFYING TOP 10
MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
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
FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND
LONGEST STINTS OF THE DAY
Tyre statistics of the day:
|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.
It`very close up there this weekend, and finally Williams is getting closer. The reason for this is most likely the track layout …
|3||33||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||1:19.874||1:18.972||1:19.054||14|
|4||3||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||1:19.713||1:19.553||1:19.133||15|
|5||27||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||1:20.599||1:19.769||1:19.330||22|
|10||55||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||1:20.457||1:20.169||1:20.378||24|
|12||11||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||1:20.308||1:20.287||14|
|18||26||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||1:21.454||4|
I’m very happy to join Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2017.
Nico Hülkenberg on FB:
Meeting New friends 😉 #Formula1 #2017
I’m very happy to join Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2017. Renault has always been a big player in the motorsport world that brings up incredible memories : in his stint with Renault, Michael Schumacher not only helped make Germany an F1 nation, he also sparked my enthusiasm and fire for racing. As a part of the Renault family, I want to develop the car and write new success stories.
It has always been my dream to work for a manufacturer team. F1’s new regulations will change the game and give our team a good opportunity. In the years to come, Renault will play a challenger role, which fits my approach to racing 100%. I can’t wait to become part of the family.
For the remaining races this year, I will give my best for Force India to reach fourth place in the constructors’ championship. This would be a great achievement for the whole Force India team, the biggest success in its history and a great end to a fantastic time there.
I am grateful that Force India has given me the chance to take up this new opportunity.
I think the winner here is Renault.
We will have the answer on that in 2017, best of luck to both Renault Sport and Nico Hülkenberg 🙂