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Pirelli Race Report

BRITISH GRAND PRIX RACE

BRITISH GRAND PRIX RACE
HAMILTON WINS BRITISH GRAND PRIX FROM POLE WITH A ONE-STOP
SUPERSOFT-SOFT STRATEGY
HIS TEAM MATE VALTTERI BOTTAS USES AN ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY WITH A
LONG FIRST STINT ON SOFT BEFORE CHANGING TO SUPERSOFT
FERRARI TYRE ISSUE TWO LAPS FROM A HARD-FOUGHT FINISH CURRENTLY
UNDER INVESTIGATION TOGETHER WITH THE TEAM


Silverstone, July 16, 2017 – A dominant performance from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton means that he now equals the record for the most number of wins at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton won from pole after starting on supersoft and moving onto softs without losing the lead. The same supersoft-soft strategy was adopted by most of the other drivers. An exception was his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas who ran the opposite strategy by starting on the soft, gaining track position as others stopped, and then changing to the faster supersoft to make up more places at the end of the race. Close to the finish of the Grand Prix, Ferrari experienced two issues on the front-left tyres of both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. This caused a late pit stop for Raikkonen, who still finished on the podium, and Vettel to finish the race at reduced speed. The reasons behind this are currently being looked at together with the team. Silverstone is one of the most demanding circuits of the year in terms of energy loads, with cars subjected to forces in excess of 5g. Nonetheless, the supersoft tyre, making its debut at the British Grand Prix, stood up well to these demands. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, for example, started 19th on the grid after a penalty but ran a long opening supersoft stint to eventually finish fifth.

 

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The British Grand Prix contained a sting in the tail for the two Ferrari drivers, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both, unfortunately, experienced a tyre issue close to the hard-fought finish; that’s a real pity and we’ll obviously now look into exactly why this happened together with the team. The race was run at an incredible pace this year, with the fastest lap being nearly five seconds faster than the 2016 equivalent.”

 

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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


Post photo:

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


 

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Pirelli Qualifying Notes – Spanish GP 2017

SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE ON SOFT TYRES,
BEATING HIS BENCHMARK OF LAST YEAR BY NEARLY THREE SECONDS
TRACK TEMPERATURES EXCEED 44 DEGREES
IN SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
TWO PIT STOPS EXPECTED FOR THE MAJORITY OF DRIVERS TOMORROW

Montmelo, May 13, 2017 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton went fastest in hot conditions during qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix, setting a time that was nearly three seconds faster than his pole position from 2016.
Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull were the only teams to get through Q1 using only one set of the soft tyres.
From then on, only the soft tyre was used – so this is the tyre that the top 10 will start the
race on, with two pit stops expected for most drivers. Fernando Alonso qualified seventh for his home grand prix after completing just one run on the soft in Q3, along with Williams driver Felipe Massa and the two Force Indias.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“We had an extremely close qualifying session, with very small margins between the contenders. I think we can expect two pit stops tomorrow, as the performance gap between the medium and soft means that the drivers will all want to maximise their running on the softer compound. As a result, we’d expect at least two stints on the soft for as long as possible, with just one stint on the slower medium.”

 

 

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

DRIVER TIME COMPOUND
Raikkonen 1m 20.214s SOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 20.456s SOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 20.595s SOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10

DRIVER TIME COMPOUND
Hamilton 1m 19.149s SOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 19.200s SOFT NEW
Bottas 1m 19.373s SOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m 19.439s SOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m 19.706s SOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m 20.175s SOFT NEW
Alonso 1m 21.048s SOFT NEW
Perez 1m 21.070s SOFT NEW
Massa 1m 21.232s SOFT NEW
Ocon 1m 21.272s SOFT NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS
HARD Ocon 14
MEDIUM Massa, Vettel 26
SOFT Bottas 28

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

COMPOUND DRIVER TIME
HARD Hamilton 1m 23.531s
MEDIUM Hamilton 1m 21.521s
SOFT Hamilton 1m 19.149s

Post photo – BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 13 May 2017. World Copyright: Andy Hone/LAT Images

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Saturday 13 May 2017.


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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

 

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Race result – 2017 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

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

 

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

 

 

 


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

 


Full result from Formula1.com

  2017 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – RACE RESULT

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

 

 

 

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Qualifying result for the Bahrain GP 2017

Pascal Wehrlein and Nico Hulkenberg impress my today.

Valtteri Bottas in pole, this can turn out to be a “hard” 2017 for Lewis Hamilton!

#Bo77asPower 😉


Result from Formula1.com

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:31.041 1:29.555 1:28.769 12
2 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:30.814 1:29.535 1:28.792 13
3 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:31.037 1:29.596 1:29.247 12
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:31.667 1:30.497 1:29.545 12
5 7 Kimi

Raikkonen

RAI

Ferrari 1:30.988 1:29.843 1:29.567 16
6 33 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:30.904 1:30.307 1:29.687 12
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:31.057 1:30.169 1:29.842 15
8 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams Mercedes 1:31.373 1:30.677 1:30.074 12
9 8 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 1:31.691 1:30.857 1:30.763 16
10 30 Jolyon Palmer PAL Renault 1:31.458 1:30.899 1:31.074 15
11 26 Daniil Kvyat KVY Toro Rosso 1:31.531 1:30.923   12
12 18 Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 1:31.748 1:31.168   12
13 94 Pascal Wehrlein WEH Sauber Ferrari 1:31.995 1:31.414   15
14 31 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 1:31.774 1:31.684   12
15 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Honda 1:32.054     8
16 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 1:32.118     5
17 2 Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Honda 1:32.313     8
18 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 1:32.318     7
19 9 Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 1:32.543     9
20 20 Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 1:32.900     8

Post photo:

Courtesy of Sauber F1 Team

Pascal Wehrlein (D), Sauber F1 Team. Bahrain International Circuit.

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Race result: 2017 FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Hamilton takes the victory at Shanghai International Circuit


 

Private notes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is great to see overtaking without DRS 🙂

 

 


Post photo: Courtesy of McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team

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

 

Full result from Formula1.com

 

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

 

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Qualifying result for the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix

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

From Formula1.com


 

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

Q1 107% time – 1:39.593


Post photo: Courtesy of Sauber F1 Team

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

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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.

BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI

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.”

 


 


 

Post photo:

Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia. Sunday 26 March 2017.
World Copyright: Steven Tee/LAT Images
ref: Digital Image _O3I3200

 


 

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Pre-season test 2: Barcelona, Spain, 2017

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

BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI 

 

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

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

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

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

 

BEST TIMES DAY 6

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

 

BEST TIMES DAY 7

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

 

BEST TIMES DAY 8

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

 

BEST TIMES – OVERALL TEST 2

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

 

BEST TIMES OVERALL TEST 1 – 2

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

 

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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

Result from Formula1.com

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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Pirelli Qualifying Notes – USGP 2016

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2016 United States Grand Prix, Qualifying

MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON CLAIMS POLE POSITION WITH
SUPERSOFT WITH FASTEST-EVER LAP OF AUSTIN

TWO OR THREE PIT STOPS THE MOST LIKELY STRATEGIES: TACTICAL
OPTIONS OPEN AT THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

BOTH MERCEDES AND ONE RED BULL WILL START ON SOFT
TOMORROW: THE ONLY CARS IN THE TOP 10 TO DO SO


Austin, October 22, 2016 – Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for Mercedes at the Circuit of the Americas, setting a time of 1m34.999s using the P Zero Red supersoft tyre. This comprehensively beats the fastest ever lap seen at the track previously: 1m35.657s, set by Sebastian Vettel in 2012.

Track temperatures were significantly warmer for qualifying in the afternoon – at 27 degrees ambient and 39 degrees on track – than for FP3 in the morning, where the Red Bulls went fastest.

The initial Q1 session was completed with all the drivers scoring their best time on the supersoft, which is theoretically around a second faster than the soft. The frontrunners all got through this session using just one set.

In Q2, the Mercedes drivers were straight out on the soft tyres, as was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Red Bull opted to split strategies, with Daniel Ricciardo on supersoft going fastest in Q2. All the remaining drivers used supersoft as well, meaning that three drivers out of the top four will start on the soft tomorrow and can potentially do a longer first stint. However, they will be surrounded by drivers starting on the faster supersoft – with a notoriously tricky first corner to deal with as well.

The frontrunners did two runs on supersoft for the final Q3 shoot-out, with Hamilton clinching his first pole in Austin by 0.2 seconds from his team mate on the second run.

The strategy options are quite open for the Circuit of the Americas, also because this is a circuit where overtaking is by no means an impossible task. Historically, this is not a race where pole position is vital for race victory – meaning that with the right strategy, anything is possible. Two or three stops expectable, depending on the tyre choice at the start. But somebody could decide to try something different.


Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “We had perfect conditions for qualifying, in which we saw the race tactics begin already. With both Mercedes starting on the soft tyre, plus Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, there’s a fundamental strategic variation that is likely to hold the key to the race tomorrow. Once again track temperatures were considerably higher this afternoon than the morning, and we’d expect similar conditions for the race tomorrow. We’ve seen in the past that strategy can help boost starting positions, so we can expect an eventful race tomorrow.”

How the tyres behaved:
Medium: Not used at all during qualifying but looks like an interesting option for the race.
Soft: This was essential to the qualifying strategy today, with three drivers using it in Q2.
Supersoft: The most popular choice in qualifying, but affected by quite high degradation.

Free practice 3 – top three times

Verstappen 1m36.766s Supersoft new
Ricciardo 1m37.032s Supersoft new
Raikkonen 1m37.284s Supersoft new

Qualifying top 10

Hamilton 1m34.999s Supersoft new
Rosberg 1m35.215s Supersoft new
Ricciardo 1m35.509s Supersoft new
Verstappen 1m35.747s Supersoft new
Raikkonen 1m36.131s Supersoft new
Vettel 1m36.358s Supersoft new
Hulkenberg 1m36.628s Supersoft new
Bottas 1m37.116s Supersoft new
Massa 1m37.269s Supersoft new
Sainz 1m37.326s Supersoft new

Most laps by compound so far

Medium Palmer 26 laps
Soft Nasr 23
Soft Vettel 23
Supersoft Raikkonen 18
Supersoft Bottas 18

Best time by compound so far

Medium Hamilton 1m38.394s
Soft Rosberg 1m36.351s
Supersoft Hamilton 1m34.999s


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Qualifying Result – USGP 2016

Tomorrow’s race can be a very interesting.
The Red bull and the Mercedes are very close, and then you you have the Soft / Super Soft …

From Formula1.com

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:36.296 1:36.450 1:34.999 13
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 1:36.397 1:36.351 1:35.215 13
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:36.759 1:36.255 1:35.509 12
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:36.613 1:36.857 1:35.747 12
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:36.985 1:36.584 1:36.131 12
6 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:37.151 1:36.462 1:36.358 13
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:36.950 1:36.626 1:36.628 12
8 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:37.456 1:37.202 1:37.116 12
9 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:37.402 1:37.214 1:37.269 12
10 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:37.744 1:37.175 1:37.326 14
11 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:37.345 1:37.353 10
12 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:37.913 1:37.417 11
13 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:37.844 1:37.480 12
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 1:38.053 1:37.773 10
15 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:38.084 1:37.935 9
16 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:38.040 1:39.356 11
17 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:38.308 8
18 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 1:38.317 6
19 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:38.327 6
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 1:38.548 9
21 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 1:38.583 8
22 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 1:38.806 8

Q1 107% time – 1:43.036

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