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2017 Italian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

#ItalianGP 2017

 

 

 

 


Post photo: BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI

 

Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy.
Saturday 02 September 2017.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+.
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Race Result – British GP 2017

There was som great racing out there today.

 

Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 18
3 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 15
4 Max Verstappen Netherlands Red Bull Racing 12
5 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull Racing 10
6 Niko Hulkenberg Germany Renault Sport F1 Team 8
7 Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari 6
8 Esteban Ocon France Force India 4
9 Sergio Perez Mexico Force India 2
10 Felipe Massa Brazil Williams 1
Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes
Past Winners
2016 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Starting Grid : 1
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Starting Grid : 1
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Starting Grid : 6
2013 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Starting Grid : 2
2012 Mark Webber Ferrari Starting Grid : 2

 

 

From Formula1.com

1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 51 1:21:27.430 0
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 51 +14.063s 0
3 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 51 +36.570s 0
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 51 +52.125s 0
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 51 +65.955s 0
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 51 +68.109s 0
7 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 51 +93.989s 0
8 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 50 +1 lap 0
9 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 50 +1 lap 0
10 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 50 +1 lap 0
11 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 50 +1 lap 0
12 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 50 +1 lap 0
13 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 50 +1 lap 0
14 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 50 +1 lap 0
15 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 50 +1 lap 0
16 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 50 +1 lap 0
17 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 50 +1 lap 0
NC 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 32 DNF 0
NC 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 0 DNF 0
NC 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 0 DNF 0

 


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Formel 1 – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Großer Preis von Großbritannien 2017. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, British GP 2017. Lewis Hamilton

 

British GP 2017 – Lewis Hamilton

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Monaco GP 2017 – Qual

What a fantastic qualifying, really loved this one. #KingKimi

Post photo courtesy of : 'Force India F1 Team'

Result from Formula1.com

1 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:13.117 1:12.231 1:12.178 23
2 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:13.090 1:12.449 1:12.221 23
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:13.325 1:12.901 1:12.223 30
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:13.078 1:12.697 1:12.496 24
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:13.219 1:13.011 1:12.998 21
6 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 1:13.526 1:13.397 1:13.162 30
7 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:13.530 1:13.430 1:13.329 23
8 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:13.786 1:13.203 1:13.349 29
9 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:13.723 1:13.453 1:13.613 27
10 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 1:13.476 1:13.249 20
11 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 1:13.899 1:13.516 19
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:13.787 1:13.628 21
13 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:13.531 1:13.959 20
14 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:13.640 1:14.106 18
15 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:13.796 1:20.529 20
16 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:14.101 7
17 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:14.696 11
18 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:14.893 7
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 1:15.159 11
20 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:15.276 11


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Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
Monaco Grand Prix, Thursday 25th May 2017. Monte Carlo, Monaco.


 

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Pirelli Race Report – Australian GP 2017

Most drivers started on the ultrasoft, with Sauber’s Formula 1 debutant Antonio Giovinazzi the highest placed finisher to start on the soft.

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2017 Australian Grand Prix, Race

VETTEL CLAIMS VICTORY FOR FERRARI WITH A ONE-STOP STRATEGY  AS FORMULA 1’S NEW ERA MAKES A SPECTACULAR START

IDENTICAL ULTRASOFT-SOFT STRATEGY FOR TOP FOUR FINISHERS.  FOUR OTHER DIFFERENT STRATEGIES USED TO FINISH THE RACE.

LOW WEAR AND DEGRADATION ALLOWS DRIVERS TO PUSH HARD  FROM THE START TO THE FINISH OF EVERY STINT

 


Melbourne, March 26, 2017 – Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari by completing a longer opening stint on the ultrasoft tyre than polesitter Lewis Hamilton, then emerging in front of the Mercedes after his sole pit stop. All the finishers apart from two stopped once, with the top four using an ultrasoft-soft strategy. All three compounds were used in the race, with the fastest lap – set right at the end of the race – more than two seconds quicker than last year. Most drivers started on the ultrasoft, with Sauber’s Formula 1 debutant Antonio Giovinazzi the highest placed finisher to start on the soft.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING

“Formula 1’s new era made a fantastic start in Australia, with close racing and the drivers able to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint. As we expected most drivers adopted different variations of a one-stop strategy, with the leaders moving onto the soft for the second stint in order to be certain of running to the end. There was low wear and degradation on a circuit that is never particularly hard on tyres anyway, with the drivers able to set fastest laps at the very end of the race on the soft compound that was more than 30 laps old.”

 


 


 

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Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia. Sunday 26 March 2017.
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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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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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A dream fulfilled: Nico Rosberg ends his racing career

For the team, this is an unexpected situation but also an exciting one. We are going into a new era of technical regulations and there is a free Mercedes cockpit for the seasons ahead.

2016 FIA Formula One World Champion elect Nico Rosberg today announced that he will stop racing in Formula One with immediate effect.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas, F1 ; Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas, F1;

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas, F1

In an emotional address prior to the 2016 FIA Prize Giving in Vienna, Austria, Nico revealed the reasons behind his decision, which was reached following his crowning achievement in Abu Dhabi last Sunday.

Nico has competed in a total of 206 Grands Prix and won 23 of them, placing him joint 12th on the all-time list alongside Nelson Piquet. He has scored 30 pole positions (8th all time) and 20 fastest laps.

Last Sunday in Abu Dhabi, he became the first German driver to win a Formula One World Championship at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow.

 

Nico Rosberg:

“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

“This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting our championship first.

“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.

“The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a tough situation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people, the Silver Arrows.

“Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”

Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff:

“This is a brave decision by Nico and testament to the strength of his character. He has chosen to leave at the pinnacle of his career, as World Champion, having achieved his childhood dream. The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me.

“It’s impossible to capture the essence of a person in a few short words. But Nico has a special combination of natural talent and fighting spirit that have brought him to where he is today. Throughout his career, people have thought he was on a golden path to success just because his father was a World Champion; in fact, I think in some ways that made the challenge greater – and meant he had to fight even harder with the weight of expectation on his shoulders.

“With Mercedes, Nico has been a relentless competitor, bouncing back from tough times in an inspirational way, and he earned the respect of the sport with his tenacity, his fighting spirit and his grace under pressure. Since 2010, he has poured competitive energy into our team and we have grown stronger because of it. We simply say ‘thank you’ for the incredible contribution he has made to our success, alongside two of the all-time great drivers, Michael and Lewis.

“For the team, this is an unexpected situation but also an exciting one. We are going into a new era of technical regulations and there is a free Mercedes cockpit for the seasons ahead. We will take the necessary time to evaluate our options and then find the right path for our future.”

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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

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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 …

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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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Result from the USGP 2016

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

Post photo credit: Sauber F1 Team

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

* Provisional results

 

 


USGP 2016

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