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“Past vs Future racing”

95th anniversary of one of the World’s oldest race tracks

Tesla GT race car piloted by Agustin Paya of Spain zips past a Bugatti Type 59 from the year 1934 — which is actually a painting by Italian artist and Body Painting world champion Johannes Stoetter.

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Pictures showing a Tesla GT race car piloted by Agustin Paya of Spain zips past a Bugatti Type 59 from the year 1934 — which is actually a painting by Italian artist and Body Painting world champion Johannes Stoetter. He painted the classic car on a banked curve at the long-since abandoned race circuit at Terramar in San Pere de Ribes, south of Barcelona, Spain. The demonstration under the slogan of “racing’s past meets racing’s future” was designed to back the application of the Electric GT founders to FIA to launch a new all-electric World Championship in 2018 and celebrate the opening of the historic Terramar race track 95 years ago on 28-October-1923. Stoetter was assisted by Swedish artist Vilja Vitkute.


 www.johannesstoetterart.com (Johannes Stoetter)

www.vilijaart.com (Vilja Vitkute)

www.electricgt.co (Electric GT)


 




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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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Spanish GP 2017 – Qualifying

Best qualifying in 2017 season?
I think so.


 

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

Impressive!

Q3:

Q2:

Q1:

Ericsson beaten by Wehrlein in Q1

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

Results from Formula1.com


Post photo –  Courtesy of McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team

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

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Friday 12 May 2017.
World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Images
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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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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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BREAKING NEWS: Ogier claims fourth title

Sébastien Ogier clinched his fourth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title with victory at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España on Sunday afternoon.

 

The Frenchman secured his fifth victory of the year on the championship’s only mixed surface round to seal the crown in a Volkswagen Polo R with two rallies remaining.

Spain’s Dani Sordo, driving a Hyundai i20, led the four-day event initially but Ogier moved ahead once the rally switched from gravel to asphalt to win by 15.6sec. Thierry Neuville maintained his strong recent form to take third in another i20, a further 59.4sec behind.

Jari-Matti Latvala won the final live TV Power Stage to claim three bonus points in a Polo R. Ogier took two points for second while Sordo secured the final point.

Sebastien Ogier (FRA) performs during FIA World Rally Championship 2016 Spain in Salou , Spain  on 16 October 2016

Sebastien Ogier (FRA) performs during FIA World Rally Championship 2016 Spain in Salou , Spain on 16 October 2016

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