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Singapore GP – Race Result

Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on the victory in the race today, well done in a “strange” race.

The result can be found below.


 

Starting tires:

 

What a mess at the start.

Kimi, Max, Vettel’s fault or just a race incident?

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Standings after lap 2:

Alonso manages to continue the race after the hard hit he took from Max, just after the start crash Vettel spins around and destroy the car on what seems to be cooling liquid or gear oil leaking from the damaged Ferrari.

 

 

Lap 8, Alonso has to retire the car due to the damage from the incident in the start.
Too bad, Alonso meant that the McLaren Honda was good enough for a podium today.

Lap 11, Dani Kvyat is doing exactly what we expect him to do, crash out of the race …

Lap 14/15 – Safety car in after Kvyats car has been removed from the tire barriers.

Lap 26, the track is starting dry up, and the weather-forecast is no more rain.

Lap 37, Marcus Ericsson spin on the “bridge”. This brings out the safety car again, and Lewis Hamilton loses his 9-second gap to Daniel Ricciardo.

Then the lap count down was changed to timing, two hours rule. 28 minutes to go 😉

 

And the winner is Lewis Hamilton!

 

Result:

Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes 25
2 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull Racing 18
3 Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 15
4 Carloz Sainz Jr Spain Toro Rosso 12
5 Sergio Perez Mexico Force India 10
6 Jolyon Palmer England Renault Sport F1 Team 8
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Belgium McLaren Honda 6
8 Lance Stroll Canada Williams 4
9 Romain Grosjean France Haas F1 Team 2
10 Esteban Ocon France Force India 1
Full result:
POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 58
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 58
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 58
4 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 58
5 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 58
6 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 58
7 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 58
8 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 58
9 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 58
10 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 58
11 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 58
12 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 56
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 50
NC 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 48
NC 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 35
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 10
NC 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 8
NC 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 0
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 0

Post photo:

Marina Bay Circuit, Marina Bay, Singapore.
Saturday 16 September 2017.
Photo: Steven Tee/McLaren
ref: Digital Image _R3I9943

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Pirelli race review – Azerbaijan GP 2017

LAST YEAR’S RACE LAP RECORD BROKEN BY MORE THAN THREE SECONDS,
ON SUPERSOFT TYRES

 

 

AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX RACE
LAST YEAR’S RACE LAP RECORD BROKEN BY MORE THAN THREE SECONDS,
ON SUPERSOFT TYRES
DANIEL RICCIARDO WINS A CHAOTIC RACE WITH STRATEGY
DICTATED BY INCIDENTS AND STOPPAGES

 


 

BakuJune 25, 2017 – A dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix was characterised by multiple safety cars and an extended red flag period in the middle of the race to sweep up debris from earlier incidents. This meant that the one-stop strategy that would have been adopted by all the leading runners went out of the window, and instead, teams had to react to changing circumstances. Nearly every driver made what they thought would probably be their sole pit stop under the safety car on lap 13. But under red flag conditions on lap 22 teams were allowed to change tyres, which meant that the race concluded with a 29-lap sprint to the flag, with all the drivers then using supersoft tyres. Through all these incidents Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo emerged as the winner, while another stand-out performance was from Valtteri Bottas, who went from last to second, also using supersoft for most of the race.

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MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“It was an eventful and dramatic race, during which the best strategy consisted of reacting to events rather than following a pre-determined plan. The supersoft demonstrated both durability and performance, as shown by a race lap record that was more than three seconds faster than last year.”

 

 

TRUTHOMETER
The one-stop strategy was discarded as soon as the red flag came out; otherwise, most drivers looked set to implement it by stopping under the safety car from lap 13. With a free choice of tyres for the second half of the race, they all ran on the supersoft to the flag, making it effectively a two-stopper. Ricciardo followed a slightly different pattern to most: he started on supersoft, switched to soft on lap six while dealing with a technical issue, emerging 16th, then went back to supersoft after the red flag.


 




 

Post photo – BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI

 

Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Sunday 25 June 2017.
World Copyright: Zak Mauger/LAT Images
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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.

 

 

Courtesy of Renault Sport

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


 

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Pirelli Race Notes and Infographics

MERCEDES DRIVER VALTTERI BOTTAS WINS WITH ONE-STOP STRATEGY, AFTER GREAT DUEL AGAINST SEBASTIAN VETTEL’S FERRARI AT THE END

‘BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI’

 

RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX RACE

MERCEDES DRIVER VALTTERI BOTTAS WINS WITH ONE-STOP STRATEGY, AFTER GREAT DUEL AGAINST SEBASTIAN VETTEL’S FERRARI AT THE END

HIGHEST TEMPERATURES SEEN ALL WEEKEND:  ONE-STOP FOR THE MAJORITY OF DRIVERS AS EXPECTED

SOME BLISTERING NOTED DUE TO THE LONG TURN 3 AT SOCHI  BUT THIS DOES NOT IMPACT ON TYRE PERFORMANCE


  Sochi, April 30, 2017 – The Russian Grand Prix was won with a one-stop strategy by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who claimed his debut victory. Just one pit stop was used by nearly all drivers, as has always been the case in Sochi. The Finn took the lead on the first corner from third on the grid using ultrasoft, stopping for the supersoft tyre before his key rival: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Vettel stayed out six laps longer, using his fresh tyres to catch Bottas in the closing stages of the race. The top eight all used an ultrasoft-supersoft strategy.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING “The Russian Grand Prix played out as we expected it to strategically, despite an early safety car and temperatures that were the highest we have seen all weekend. There was a small amount of blistering on the front left tyre for some drivers, due to the long Turn 3, but this didn’t influence performance. The smooth surface meant that it was a onestopper for the vast majority of competitors, with low degradation as expected. We saw some different thinking about the timing of the pit stops, especially from Bottas and Vettel, which made for an exciting run to the chequered flag.”

Russian Grand Prix Race Infographics


 

Pirelli photo:

Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia.
Sunday 30 April 2017.
World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Images
ref: Digital Image _31I0951

 


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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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PIRELLI UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Damage caused by the hurricane that affected the circuit after last year’s race has been fixed. Apart from that, there are no changes to the circuit, surface or infrastructure this year.

PIRELLI UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Round 18 of 21

Austin, 21-23 October 2016


Milan, October 17, 2016 – After a couple of races with the hard compound nominated, P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft is the choice for the Circuit of the Americas. Last year, torrential rain meant that many sessions were cancelled and the slicks were not used until race day. This year, the teams will be hoping for a more conventional weekend with enough dry running to form a full picture of how the three nominated compounds interact with the Texan circuit. However, past experience has certainly shown that a wide range of conditions is always possible: another factor that the teams will have to contend with at this technically varied and universally popular grand prix.

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW:

  • The anti-clockwise track has a unique design, borrowing elements of other famous F1 corners.
  • Turn 1 is a tricky left-hand hairpin approached uphill, where it’s hard to judge the braking point.
  • Turn 11 is another key hairpin, where the cars are braking and turning in at the same time.
  • The asphalt is still quite new (from 2012) but has offered more grip recently as it matures.
  • Cars tend to run medium downforce in Austin: overtaking is very possible – particularly in the sequence of corners after Turn 2 – which opens up a number of strategy options.
  • There are three long and fast straights: these cool the tyres, making the braking areas tricky.

 

THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS:

  • White medium: along with the soft, this is one of the two mandatory available race sets.
  • Yellow soft: this was the only slick used by the winner in the race last year, on a drying track.
  • Red supersoft: used for the first time in Austin and should be significantly fastest of the three.

 

HOW IT WAS A YEAR AGO:         

  • There was no dry running until the race, with the grid based on Q2 times. Lewis Hamilton won the 56-lap race: starting on intermediates then switching to soft on laps 18 and 43.
  • Best alternative strategy: Sebastian Vettel was on the podium with a three-stop strategy from 13th on the grid, using the medium tyre as well, in a race that was affected by two safety cars.

 

PAUL HEMBERY, PIRELLI MOTORSPORT DIRECTOR:                      

“The significance of the United States both as a race and a market for us goes without saying, especially with the opening of our first P Zero World store in Los Angeles earlier this year. The 2015 grand prix was particularly challenging because of the weather, meaning that the teams are lacking recent data on the slick compounds at Austin. We’re also bringing the supersoft to the track for the very first time. As a result, the free practice sessions in particular will be extremely important this year, with the optimal strategy yet to be defined.”


TYRES NOMINATED THIS YEAR:

Purple

Red

Yellow

White

Orange

Australia

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Bahrain

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

China

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Russia

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Spain

 

 

Soft

Medium

Hard

Monaco

Ultrasoft

Supersoft

Soft

 

 

Canada

Ultrasoft

Supersoft

Soft

 

 

Azerbaijan

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Austria

Ultrasoft

Supersoft

Soft

 

 

Great Britain

 

 

Soft

Medium

Hard

Hungary

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Germany

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Belgium

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Italy

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Singapore

Ultrasoft

Supersoft

Soft

 

 

Malaysia

 

 

Soft

Medium

Hard

Japan

 

 

Soft

Medium

Hard

United States

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Mexico

 

Supersoft

Soft

Medium

 

Brazil

 

 

Soft

Medium

Hard

Abu Dhabi

Ultrasoft

Supersoft

Soft

 

 


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Starting grid for Singapore GP 2016

Includung Pirelli qualifying report from yesterday.

Sauber is informing:

Looks like we’ll start from P14 and P16… Gearbox change for GRO (plus grid penalty for PER).

 

https://plus.google.com/+sauberf1team/posts/93ft27LhPqy

From Formula1.com

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME
1 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 1:42.584
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:43.115
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:43.288
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:43.328
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:43.540
6 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:44.197
7 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:44.469
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:44.479
9 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:44.553
10 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:44.740
11 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:44.991
12 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:45.144
13 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 1:45.593
14 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:45.723
15 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:47.827
16 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 1:46.825
17 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 1:46.860
18 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:44.582
19 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:46.960
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 1:47.667
21 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 1:48.296
22 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:49.116

 


2016 Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying

NICO ROSBERG CLAIMS POLE POSITION WITH ULTRASOFT
SETTING THE FASTEST LAP EVER OF SINGAPORE

AT LEAST TWO PIT STOPS EXPECTED TOMORROW, IN A RACE THAT IS
LIKELY TO GO TO TWO-HOUR LIMIT AND FEATURE SAFETY CARS

BOTH RED BULLS WILL START THE RACE ON SUPERSOFT:
THE ONLY DRIVERS IN THE TOP 10 TO DO SO

Marina Bay, September 17, 2016 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position using the ultrasoft tyre, following a thrilling qualifying hour around the floodlit streets of Singapore. Rosberg’s time of 1m42.584s was the fastest lap ever seen at Singapore since the race was inaugurated in 2008, beating the previous benchmark of 1m42.841s from Sebastian Vettel in 2013 during qualifying.

As expected track temperatures fell as each Qualifying session continued. Most drivers were straight onto ultrasoft from the start of Q1, with the exception of Toro Rosso. Carlos Sainz was actually the only driver to set his best Q1 time on the supersoft (around 0.9 seconds per lap slower than the softest compound available).

Last year’s pole position time was already broken in the early stages of Q2, where all the drivers used ultrasoft apart from Red Bull, which went out on supersoft from the beginning. Both drivers set their best time on this compound, which means that they will be the only ones in the top 10 to start on the supersoft.

Rosberg’s ultrasoft pole time came during his first run in Q3, while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo claimed P2 on the grid during his second run.

With six out of the eight Grands Prix held so far in Singapore won from pole position, qualifying was an extremely important session. However there has never been a race without a safety car at Marina Bay, which clearly has potential to mix up the strategy variables.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “We witnessed qualifying sessions with some surprises from start to finish. Strategy already came to the forefront from Q2, when Red Bull opted to run on the supersoft to set their fastest times. As a result, they will be the only starters in the top 10 to begin the race on this compound, which means that they can run an alternative strategy. We’d expect to see at least two stops per car tomorrow, but this is always one of the hardest races to predict.”

How the tyres behaved today:
Soft: Used at the start of Q1 by Manor: may figure in some alternative race strategies.
Supersoft: Used only by Red Bull in Q2, meaning that they can run a longer first stint.
Ultrasoft: Used to set pole position and mostly by everybody during Q2 and Q3.

Free practice 3 – top three times

Rosberg 1m44.352s Ultrasoft New
Verstappen 1m44.411s Ultrasoft New
Raikkonen 1m44.860s Ultrasoft New

Qualifying top 10

Rosberg 1m42.584s Ultrasoft New
Ricciardo 1m43.115s Ultrasoft New
Hamilton 1m43.288s Ultrasoft New
Verstappen 1m43.328s Ultrasoft New
Raikkonen 1m43.540s Ultrasoft New
Sainz 1m44.197s Ultrasoft New
Kvyat 1m44.469s Ultrasoft New
Hulkenberg 1m44.479s Ultrasoft New
Alonso 1m44.553s Ultrasoft New
Perez 1m44.582s Ultrasoft New

Most laps by compound so far

Soft Ocon 21 laps
Vettel 21
Supersoft Kvyat 23
Magnussen 23
Sainz J 23
Ultrasoft Ocon 23

Best time by compound so far

Soft Hamilton 1m46.426s
Supersoft Ricciardo 1m43.933s
Ultrasoft Rosberg 1m42.584s

 

 

‘BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI’
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PIRELLI HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Round 11 of 21
Hungaroring, Hungary, 22-24 July 2016

Following the flat-out straights and fast corners of Silverstone is the tight and twisty Hungaroring: two circuits that could not be any more different. The medium, soft and supersoft tyres have been nominated for Hungary: statistically the most popular combination of the year so far, which was last used in Baku. The Hungaroring has been described as being like an oversized go-kart track, and adding to the challenge of the first circuit ever to stage a grand prix behind the Iron Curtain exactly 30 years ago are weather conditions that can range from extremely hot (a common occurrence) to rain (which was the case two years ago, as well as 2011).

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW:

  • There’s only one real straight on the Hungaroring, which means tyres are constantly working.
  • It’s a well-balanced track, with traction, braking and lateral energy demands roughly equal.
  • High temperatures make thermal degradation a factor.
  • The emphasis is on mechanical grip, as a low average speed means there is little downforce.
  • Drivers describe the Hungaroring as one of the year’s most physically demanding circuits.
  • Hungary starts another back-to-back weekend, with the teams then going straight to Germany.

THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS:

  • White medium: a mandatory set that must be available for the race, low working range.
  • Yellow soft: another mandatory set whose versatility will make it a popular race tyre.
  • Red supersoft: used for qualifying but it’s not yet clear how much they will figure in the race.

HOW IT WAS A YEAR AGO:

  • Incidents and safety cars influenced strategy last year. Race winner Sebastian Vettel stopped twice: starting on soft, completing a middle stint again on soft, then finishing on medium.
  • Best alternative strategy: Nico Rosberg would have finished second with a one-stopper (soft- medium) but lost time right at the end of the race following contact with another competitor.

PAUL HEMBERY, PIRELLI MOTORSPORT DIRECTOR:                     

“Hungary provides a very different type of challenge to what we’ve seen at Silverstone, but some of the teams used the recent Silverstone test to try out a few ideas that could be relevant to the Hungaroring, so it will be interesting to see what effect this has. The track has been completely resurfaced, and we saw in Austria that this had quite a profound influence as well: we will need to see if this is case in Hungary too, so free practice will be very important.”

WHAT’S NEW?  

  • The track has been entirely resurfaced and the circuit infrastructure upgraded this year.
  • There is also some new kerbing and run-off areas while the effect of the resurfacing has additionally been to smooth out some of the bumps. This should culminate in faster lap times.

 

OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE CAUGHT OUR EYE RECENTLY:

  • Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull have all gone for different tyre choices in Hungary.
  • Pirelli had a successful test at Silverstone following the British Grand Prix with prototype 2017 construction and compound concepts in a 2016 tyre size, on a 2014 Mercedes.
  • Formula 1 stars Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne tried out Pirelli go-kart tyres at a very special venue recently: just watchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ieUSh-YoXk

TYRES NOMINATED SO FAR:

Purple Red Yellow White Orange
Australia Supersoft Soft Medium
Bahrain Supersoft Soft Medium
China Supersoft Soft Medium
Russia Supersoft Soft Medium
Spain Soft Medium Hard
Monaco Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft
Canada Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft
Azerbaijan Supersoft Soft Medium
Austria Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft
Great Britain Soft Medium Hard
Hungary Supersoft Soft Medium
Germany Supersoft Soft Medium
Belgium Supersoft Soft Medium
Italy
Singapore Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft
Malaysia Soft Medium Hard
Japan Soft Medium Hard
United States
 Supersoft Soft Medium
Mexico  Supersoft Soft Medium

 

 

 

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Viasat sine sendetider for Hungarian GP 2016

Pirelli:
“Following the flat-out straights and fast corners of Silverstone is the tight and twisty Hungaroring: two circuits that could not be any more different. “

Weather Forecast below the table.

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Pirelli Race Note – British Grand Prix 2016

RACE BEGINS BEHIND SAFETY CAR ON A DRYING TRACK AFTER DOWNPOUR BEFORE THE START

 

 

CINTURATO WET AND INTERMEDIATE, AS WELL AS P ZERO SLICK
TYRES, USED ON ONE OF THE MOST DEMANDING TRACKS OF THE YEAR

Silverstone, July 10, 2016 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won home grand prix for the fourth time, using three different Pirelli tyre compounds. The British Grand Prix was subjected to a torrential downpour 15 minutes before the beginning of the race, which meant that the start took place behind the safety car with all the drivers on Cinturato Blue full wet tyres.

When the safety car came in after five laps, a number of drivers went straight onto the Cinturato Green intermediate, while the leaders took advantage of a virtual safety car to switch to the intermediate shortly afterwards.

The crossover point – where it becomes quicker to move onto slick tyres rather than stay on inters – was chosen by most teams from lap 15 (when Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the first to pit) to lap 18 of 52. The timing of the pit stops became crucial, because of the potential to gain plenty of time through being on exactly the right tyre at the right time. With the race having started in wet conditions, there was no longer the obligation to run at least two slick compounds.

Unusually, by the halfway point of the race, all the drivers still running chose exactly the same pattern of tyre usage: wet, intermediate, then medium. Most drivers ran on the medium all the way to the end, making it a two-stop race. This strategy was adopted by the top 10 finishers, with around 10 seconds separating the top three all the way to the finish. The highest-placed three-stopper was Williams driver Felipe Massa, who made a late stop for the soft tyre.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The long-threatened rain finally materialised just before the race start, which clearly altered the complexion of the race and tyre strategy entirely, especially as there was then a lengthy safety car period. As a result we had a drying track with all the drivers moving progressively from wet to intermediate to slick: the timing of these stops being crucial. There was a close battle for the top positions all the way to the finish of a race that demonstrated every variety of conditions and weather that Britain is renowned for, but the drivers were able to push all the way to the chequered flag.”

Fastest times of the day by compound

Medium Soft Wet Intermediate
First Ros   1m35.548s Mas 1m36.141s Ham 1m56.218s Ves  1m47.479s
Second Alo    1m35.669s Mag 1m37.619s Ros  1m58.586s Ham 1m50.649s
Third Ham  1m35.771s Ves  1m59.064s Ric   1m51.040s

Longest stint of the race:

Medium Vettel 37 laps
Soft Massa 13
Wet Rosberg, Ericsson, Perez, Nasr, Verstappen, Hamilton 7
Inter Alonso, Magnussen, Gutierrez, Hulkenberg, Sainz 12

Truthometer: The rain meant that strategy predictions went out of the window and drivers had to react to changing track conditions as the surface dried out. Hamilton led from the start and stopped on lap seven for intermediates, then lap 17 for medium slicks.

 


 

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Pirelli Race Notes – Austrian Grand Prix 2016

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “With Ferrari we’re fully investigating the incident on Sebastian Vettel’s car, in order to finalize a cause.

‘BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI’


2016 Austrian Grand Prix – Race

 TWO-STOP STRATEGY RESULTS IN VICTORY FOR LEWIS HAMILTON
AFTER AN ACTION-PACKED RACE IN AUSTRIA

 LOWER TEMPERATURES LEAD TO LESS TYRE WEAR
AND DEGRADATION THAN EXPECTED

  TYRE ISSUE FOR SEBASTIAN VETTEL BEING INVESTIGATED

[/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Spielberg, July 3, 2016 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position, following a two-stop strategy after an action packed race that culminated in a duel between him and his team mate Nico Rosberg all the way to the final lap.

Rosberg initially used the timing of his pit stop tyre strategy to boost his position, ‘undercutting’ a number of drivers including his team mate (who started from pole) to lead the race. But Hamilton reeled him in during a thrilling finale, with Rosberg eventually finishing fourth after they touched on the last lap.

Compared to the previous sessions in Austria, ambient and track temperatures were considerably cooler, with 16 and 24 degrees respectively at the start of the race. This had the effect of containing wear and degradation, although the strategy was affected by a safety car that teams used to take a ‘free’ pit stop without significant loss of track position.

Ferrari and Red Bull adopted a different strategy to the majority of frontrunners, beginning the race on the supersoft tyre rather than the ultrasoft, which was the default choice for the other top 10 drivers – being just over half a second quicker. However, during a long first stint, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel experienced a tyre issue. The exact circumstances are still being investigated together with Ferrari; however this appears to be an isolated incident as no other drivers experienced similar problems.

After the final pit stops, there was a three-way battle for the lead between the Mercedes drivers and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who made one less pit stop than Rosberg and Hamilton. Rosberg and Hamilton were separated by less than a second all the way to the chequered flag, making this one of those memorable races of the season.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “With Ferrari we’re fully investigating the incident on Sebastian Vettel’s car, in order to finalize a cause. Tyre strategy proved to be crucial to the Austrian Grand Prix, with a close battle to the finish that went all the way to the final lap, using a number of different strategies. The teams headed into the weekend with little information on the tyres following the mixed conditions in free practice and qualifying, as a result of which strategy was a question of thinking on their feet and extracting the maximum advantage from the changing race circumstances.”

 

Soft Supersoft Ultrasoft
First Hamilton 1m08.411s Rosberg 1m08.491s Ricciardo          1m08.770s
Second Raikkonen1m08.876s Massa  1m09.899s Hulkenberg       1m10.309s
Third Rosberg 1m08.955s Bottas  1m10.210s Hamilton           1m11.180s

Longest stint of the race:

Soft      Raikkonen 42 laps
Soft      Grosjean 42
Soft      Button 42
Soft      Verstappen 42
Soft      Sainz J 42
Soft      Wehrlein 42
Supersoft      Nasr 27
Ultrasoft      Hamilton 21

 

 

 

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BMW M – OFFICIAL CAR OF MotoGP™

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From - BMW Press Club:

MotoGP and BMW M Division: these two partners have formed an ideal combination for almost two decades. MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and features the best riders in the world on high-performance racing prototypes, in the development of which the manufacturers implement their latest technological ideas. High-performance and motorsport genes – attributes, with which BMW M Division is also synonymous. Since 1999, BMW M has been a permanent member of the international MotoGP family. The successful partnership with organiser Dorna Sports has grown consistently over the years, and is set to continue to run well into the future. In 2014, Dorna Sports and BMW M Division extended their cooperation up to and including 2020. Partnerships like this, which span decades, are extremely rare in top-class international sport.

At the heart of the commitment is the provision of the Safety Car fleet. BMW M implements the latest technology in order to guarantee the safety of the MotoGP riders, whatever the conditions. The Safety Cars are high-performance BMW M cars, whose outstanding driving properties make them the perfect foil to any challenges out on the racetrack. The latest example is the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car, which makes its debut this season. The Safety Cars are specially modified at the BMW M factory for their use as lead cars on the motorcycle racing scene. The same goes for all the other vehicles in the fleet.

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BMW M Division’s commitment to MotoGP also includes numerous other activities. Since 2003, the BMW M Award has been presented at the end of the season to the best MotoGP qualifier. The BMW M MotoGP Experience allows visitors to experience the fascinating world of MotoGP up close and personal. BMW M MotoGP experts offer exclusive, first-hand insights. On selected Grand Prix weekends, BMW M Division presents its latest models and products with on-site campaigns.

 

 

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