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2017 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, Saturday

Jolyon wasn’t able to match Nico’s pace so he will have more work to do in the race.

 

 

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Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17.
Canadian Grand Prix, Saturday 10th June 2017. Montreal, Canada.


 

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2017 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, Friday

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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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. Both Nico and Jolyon Palmer had trouble-free days running through standard FP1 and FP2 programmes at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal.
Alan Permane, Sporting Director – Technical programme notes
In FP1, Nico and Jolyon both used Pirelli’s Soft (yellow) and Supersoft (red) tyres.
In FP2 Jolyon and Nico ran with the Supersoft and the Ultrasoft (purple) tyres.

What we learned today:
A strong array of vital set-up and tyre data.

Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.17-02
Free practice 1: P15, 1:16.473, 27 laps
Free practice 2: P12, 1:14.604, 38 laps

Nico: “That was a standard Friday for us and we did everything we needed to do. As ever, I think we can make some more improvements to the car ahead of qualifying tomorrow and I’m confident there’s a bit more pace to come from me too. It was great to get out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in this car, as it’s one of my very favourite circuits.”

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03
Free practice 1: P18, 1:17.004, 26 laps
Free practice 2: P16, 1:15.127, 40 laps

Jo: “We had to chase balance a bit at the start of the day, but that’s normal on a green, temporary circuit. We made good progress through the sessions and we learnt a decent amount about both set-up and the tyres. There’s certainly a better feeling from the Ultrasoft tyres, which you’d expect. There’s more to come and I’m really looking forward to qualifying.”

Nick Chester, Technical Director: “We completed full programs with both cars covering set-up and aerodynamic comparisons. As expected, the track was dirty at the start of the day, which meant a struggle for grip and balance. We made progress on set-up for the afternoon and these, in conjunction with the track improvement, leave us reasonably happy with our day’s work. There’s a bit more to come in terms of pace from both car and drivers, so the top ten is certainly our target for tomorrow.”

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Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17.
Canadian Grand Prix, Friday 9th June 2017. Montreal, Canada.

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Race Result – Spanish GP 2017

What a fantastic race.

Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes 25
2 Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari 18
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:

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Pascal Wehrlein (D), Sauber F1 Team Circuit de Barcelona-

Pascal Wehrlein (D), Sauber F1 Team
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

 


 

Final result from Formula1.com

 

 

 

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 66 1:35:56.497 25
2 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 66 +3.490s 18
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 66 +75.820s 15
4 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 65 +1 lap 12
5 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 65 +1 lap 10
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 65 +1 lap 8
7 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 65 +1 lap 6
8 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 65 +1 lap 4
9 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 65 +1 lap 2
10 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 65 +1 lap 1
11 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 64 +2 laps 0
12 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 64 +2 laps 0
13 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 64 +2 laps 0
14 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 64 +2 laps 0
15 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 64 +2 laps 0
16 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 64 +2 laps 0
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 38 DNF 0
NC 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 32 DNF 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1 DNF 0
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 0 DNF 0
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Spanish GP 2017 – Qualifying

Best qualifying in 2017 season?
I think so.


 

This qualifying was amazing, and what a performance from Fernando.

Impressive!

Q3:

Q2:

Q1:

Ericsson beaten by Wehrlein in Q1

Sauber F1 Team: 0.005s makes the difference, it’s P16 for Marcus.

Results from Formula1.com


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Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Friday 12 May 2017.

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Friday 12 May 2017.
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Spanish GP 2017 – Result from FP3

Results from Formula1.com

I find this mix very interesting, really looking forward to the qualifying later today.


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Spanish Grand Prix, Friday 12th May 2017. Barcelona, Spain.


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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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Result from the first qualifying of the 2017 season

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

 

Pos # Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:24.191 1:23.251 1:22.188 14
2 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:25.210 1:23.401 1:22.456 17
3 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:24.514 1:23.215 1:22.481 13
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:24.352 1:23.376 1:23.033 19
5 33 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:24.482 1:24.092 1:23.485 18
6 8 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 1:25.419 1:24.718 1:24.074 17
7 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams Mercedes 1:25.099 1:24.597 1:24.443 16
8 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 1:25.542 1:24.997 1:24.487 16
9 26 Daniil Kvyat KVY Toro Rosso 1:25.970 1:24.864 1:24.512 16
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:25.383 1:23.989 DNF 10
11 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 1:25.064 1:25.081 13
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:24.975 1:25.091 12
13 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Honda 1:25.872 1:25.425 15
14 31 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 1:26.009 1:25.568 16
15 9 Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 1:26.236 1:26.465 15
16 36 Antonio Giovinazzi GIO Sauber Ferrari 1:26.419 8
17 20 Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 1:26.847 7
18 2 Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Honda 1:26.858 6
19 18 Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 1:27.143 7
20 30 Jolyon Palmer PAL Renault 1:28.244 7

 

 

 


My "private" Notes:

Alonso and Romain reported back to the team that they was very happy with the time they achieved during Q2.

Both Toro Rosso to Q3, impressive start on the 2017 season.

Q2:

Q3 starts, Kimi is reporting on the radio that there is some very light rain.

Johnny Johnsen Sat 7:57am

Q3 – Red flag with 8 minutes to go. Daniel Ricciardo went of in turn 14. Looks like an possible gearbox change for Red Bull as long as Daniel hit the tire barrier with the back of the car first.

 

Johnny Johnsen Sat 8:03am(edited)

Mid Q3

Haas impresses me in the first qualifying of the season, still some improvements to do, but they will for sure be strong in the race tomorrow.

 


 

 

Early start tomorrow as well 😉

 


 

Post photo from RenaultSport.com

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17.
Australian Grand Prix, Friday 24th March 2017. Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

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Pirelli – Race Notes from Abu Dhabi GP 2016 + Infographics

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race Notes and Infographics.

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Fastest times of the day by compound

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

Longest stint of the race:

Soft Ericsson 38 laps
Supersoft Verstappen 21
Ultrasoft Perez 9

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

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

From Formula1.com


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

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

 

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Qualifying

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How the tyres behaved today:


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


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


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

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

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

QUALIFYING TOP 10

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

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Soft Wehrlein 28 laps
Supersoft Bottas 22
Ultrasoft Gutierrez 20

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Soft Rosberg 1m42.294s
Supersoft Verstappen 1m39.903s
Ultrasoft Hamilton 1m38.755s
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Qualifying result, 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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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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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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NICO HÜLKENBERG TO RENAULT SPORT FORMULA 1 TEAM

Nico Hülkenberg:
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.

nico2017

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  🙂


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