2017: Australian GP Round-Up

Free Practice 1

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:24.220
  2. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.803 – +0.583
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.886 – +0.666
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.246 – +1.026
  5. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:25.372 – +1.152
  6. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:25.464 – +1.244
  7. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.142 – +1.922
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:26.168 – +1.948
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:26.183 – +1.963
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:26.276 – +2.056

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in the opening practice session of 2017, beating new team-mate Valtteri Bottas by half a second. Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull. Mercedes were the only team to use the Ultrasoft tyres.

Free Practice 2

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.620
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:24.167 – +0.547
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.176 – +0.556
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.525 – +0.905
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.650 – +1.030
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.013 – +1.393
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.084 – +1.464
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.436 – +1.816
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.478 – +1.858
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:25.493 – +1.873

Lewis Hamilton maintained his five tenths advantage but this time it was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in second. Valtteri Bottas ended the session in third. Jolyon Palmer brought out red flags by crashing at the final corner in the first half of the session. Marcus Ericsson and Max Verstappen also had off track excursions while Felipe Massa’s Williams stopped out on track.

Free Practice 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.380
  2. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.859 – +0.479
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.870 – +0.490
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.988 – +0.608
  5. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.063 – +1.683
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:25.092 – +1.712
  7. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.581 – +2.201
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.948 – +2.568
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:26.049 – +2.669
  10. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:26.138 – +2.758

Sebastian Vettel seized the advantage in the third and final practice session. The Ferrari driver broke the lap record, going four tenths faster than Valtteri Bottas. Antonio Giovinazzi was a last minute replacement at Sauber with Pascal Wehrlein withdrawing from the remainder of the weekend.

Qualifying

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.188
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:22.456
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:22.481
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.033
  5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:23.485
  6. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:24.074
  7. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:24.443
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.487
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:24.512
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – No Time Set

Lewis Hamilton secured the first pole position of the season with a lap-time nearly three tenths faster than Sebastian Vettel. Antonio Giovinazzi, Kevin Magnussen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Lance Stroll and Jolyon Palmer dropped out in Q1 – from 16th to 20th respectively. Sergio Perez narrowly missed out on a spot in Q3 out-qualifying former team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon and Marcus Ericsson. There was disappointment for local hero Daniel Ricciardo in Q3 who crashed out leading to a subsequent five place grid penalty for a new gearbox. Hamilton was fastest having already secured provisional pole. Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, Carlos Sainz, and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten.

The Race

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Valtteri Bottas
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Max Verstappen
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Sergio Perez
  8. Carlos Sainz
  9. Daniil Kvyat
  10. Esteban Ocon
  11. Nico Hulkenberg
  12. Antonio Giovinazzi
  13. Stoffel Vandoorne

Sebastian Vettel took his first victory since 2015, beating pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ new recruit Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton kept in front when the lights went out but was unable to drop Vettel. It was the Ferrari driver who took the lead when he stayed out longer before making his first pit stop. Eventually Vettel’s advantage was nine seconds as he crossed the line to win with Mercedes unable to fight back. Hamilton finished second ahead of Bottas who had a late charge. Kimi Raikkonen was a distant fourth for Ferrari with Max Verstappen fifth and Felipe Massa sixth. Massa was the last of the unlapped runners with Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, and Daniil Kvyat seventh, eighth and ninth respectively. Esteban Ocon was the tenth and final points scorer.

Nico Hulkenberg finished 11th ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi and Stoffel Vandoorne who was the last finisher. Fernando Alonso retired with suspension issues on the 50th lap having run in a points paying position for a lot of the race in tenth. Kevin Magnussen retired having had an eventful race which started with a collision with Marcus Ericsson. Lance Stroll’s F1 debut came to a premature end after 40 laps with Daniel Ricciardo also retiring having started the race from the pit-lane a couple of laps down. Marcus Ericsson, Jolyon Palmer, and Romain Grosjean also retired.

TT 2017 start numbers confirmed

The start numbers for this year’s Isle of Man TT Superbike and Senior races have been confirmed, with David Johnson leading the riders away from the number one plate on the Norton.

New Zealander Bruce Anstey will leave second on his Padgetts Honda, ahead of James Hillier and Ian Hutchinson. John McGuinness moves to number five with Michael Dunlop leaving from number six on the Bennetts Suzuki ahead of Conor Cummins. Returnee Guy Martin starts eighth with Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman rounding out the top ten seeded starters.

Michael Rutter will start eleventh in front of Gary Johnson and Lee Johnston, with Dan Kneen 14th and William Dunlop 15th respectively. Josh Brookes – who is returning to the TT and riding a Norton – will start from number 16, ahead of Steve Mercer, Martin Jessopp, Dan Hegarty and Ivan Lintin.

 

 

  1. David Johnson
  2. Bruce Anstey
  3. James Hillier
  4. Ian Hutchinson
  5. John McGuinness
  6. Michael Dunlop
  7. Conor Cummins
  8. Guy Martin
  9. Dean Harrison
  10. Peter Hickman
  11. Michael Rutter
  12. Gary Johnson
  13. Lee Johnston
  14. Dan Kneen
  15. William Dunlop
  16. Josh Brookes
  17. Steve Mercer
  18. Martin Jessopp
  19. Dan Hegarty
  20. Ivan Lintin

The 2017 race fortnight kicks off with practice on 27th May with the first race scheduled for Saturday 3rd June.

2017: Barcelona Pre-Season Test (2) Laps & Times

Times

Day 1

  1. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:19.726
  2. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:19.900 – +0.174
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.906 – +0.180
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.456 – +0.730
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:20.924 – +1.198
  6. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:21.347 – +1.621
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:21.589 – +1.863
  8. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:21.676 – +1.950
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:21.743 – +2.017
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.537 – +2.811
  11. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:23.336 – +3.610
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:23.630 – +3.904
  13. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:24.790 – +5.065

Day 2

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.310
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:19.420 – +0.110
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.406 – +1.096
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:20.432 – +1.122
  5. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:20.579 – +1.269
  6. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.702 – +1.392
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:21.213 – +1.902
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:21.297 – +1.987
  9. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:21.872 – +2.562
  10. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:21.887 – +2.577
  11. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:23.000 – +3.690
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:23.041 – +3.731
  13. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:23.384 – +4.074
  14. Jolyon Palmer -Renault –  1:24.774 – +5.464

Day 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.024
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:19.352 – +0.328
  3. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:20.161 – +1.137
  4. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:20.416 – +1.392
  5. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:20.504 – +1.480
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:20.824 – +1.800
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:21.347 – +2.324
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:21.819 – +2.795
  9. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:22.347 – +3.223
  10. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:22.418 – +3.394
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:23.330 – +4.306
  12. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:24.443 – +5.419
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:24.863 – +5.839

Day 4

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:18.634
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:19.438 – +0.804
  3. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:19.837 – +1.203
  4. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.845 – +1.211
  5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:19.850 – +1.216
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:19.885 – +1.251
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:20.116 – +1.482
  8. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:20.205 – +1.571
  9. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:20.335 – +1.701
  10. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:21.110 – +2.476
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:21.389 – +2.755
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.670 – +3.036
  13. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:23.527 – +4.893

Best lap by driver

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:18.634 (Day 4)
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.024 (Day 3)
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19:310 (Day 2)
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:19.352 (Day 3)
  5. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:19.420 (Day 2)
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:19.438 (Day 4)
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:19.837 (Day 4)
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:19.885 (Day 4)
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:19.900 (Day 1)
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:20.116 (Day 4)
  11. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:20.161 (Day 3)
  12. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:20.205 (Day 4)
  13. Lance Stroll – WIlliams – 1:20.335 (Day 4)
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:20.416 (Day 3)
  15. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:20.504 (Day 3)
  16. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:21.110 (Day 4)
  17. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:21.347 (Day 3)
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:21.389 (Day 4)
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.670 (Day 4)
  20. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:22.347 (Day 3)

Best lap by team

  1. Ferrari – 1:18.634 (Day 4)
  2. Mercedes – 1:19:310 (Day 2)
  3. Williams – 1:19.420 (Day 2)
  4. Red Bull – 1:19.438 (Day 4)
  5. Toro Rosso – 1:19.837 (Day 4)
  6. Renault – 1:19.885 (Day 4)
  7. Force India – 1:20.116 (Day 4)
  8. Haas – 1:20.504 (Day 3)
  9. McLaren – 1:21.347 (Day 3)
  10. Sauber – 1:21.670 (Day 4)

Laps

Day 1

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 168
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 168
  3. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 142
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 89
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 86
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 83
  7. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 81
  8. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 80
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 58
  10. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 53
  11. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 49
  12. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 47
  13. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 15

Total: 1119

Day 2

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 102
  2. Sergio Perez – Force India – 100
  3. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 96
  4. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 92
  5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 79
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 70
  7. Felipe Massa – Williams – 63
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 61
  9. Lance Stroll – Williams – 59
  10. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 59
  11. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 53
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 47
  13. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 46
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renualt – 29

Total: 956

Day 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 156
  2. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 137
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 128
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 119
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 95
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 94
  7. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 88
  8. Lance Stroll – Williams – 85
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 80
  10. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 53
  11. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 52
  12. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 48
  13. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 44

Total: 1179

Day 4

  1. Lance Stroll – Williams – 132
  2. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 132
  3. Sergio Perez – Force India – 128
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 111
  5. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 76
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 71
  7. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 59
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 54
  9. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 53
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 45
  11. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 43
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 43
  13. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 42

Total: 989

Most laps by driver

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 324
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 311
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 304
  4. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 279
  5. Lance Stroll – Williams – 276
  6. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 247
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 234
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 228
  9. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 224
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 217
  11. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 200
  12. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 192
  13. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 177
  14. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 173
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 172
  16. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 164
  17. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 164
  18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 140
  19. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 128
  20. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 89

Most laps by team

  1. Williams – 587
  2. Mercedes – 538
  3. Force India – 507
  4. Ferrari – 488
  5. Sauber – 439
  6. Toro Rosso – 301
  7. Red Bull – 390
  8. Haas – 372
  9. Renault – 304
  10. McLaren – 217

Stat Round-Up

  • Fastest lap: 1:18.634 (Kimi Raikkonen Day 4)
  • Most laps in a day: 168 (Sebastian Vettel Day 1, Felipe Massa Day 1)
  • Fewest laps in a day: 15 (Jolyon Palmer Day 1)
  • Most days in car: 4 (Valtteri Bottas, Marcus Ericsson, Lewis Hamilton, Pascal Wehrlein, Jolyon Palmer)
  • Fewest days in car: 2 (Sebastian Vettel, Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat, Max Verstappen, Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Fernando Alonso)
  • Most laps in a day overall: 1179 (Day 3)
  • Fewest laps in a day overall: 956 (Day 2)
  • Laps completed overall: 4243

 

2017: Barcelona Pre-Season Test (1) Laps & Times

Times

Day 1

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:21.765
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:21.878 – +0.113
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams- 1:22.076 – +0.311
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.894 – +1.129
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:22.926 – +1.161
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.169 – +1.404
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:23.709 – +1.944
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.494 – +2.729
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:24.784 – +3.019
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:24.852 – +3.087
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:26.841 – +5.076

Day 2

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.960
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.983 – +0.023
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:22.200 – +1.240
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.204 – +1.244
  5. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:22.509 – +1.549
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 – +1.996
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:22.986 – +2.026
  8. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:24.139 – +3.179
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 1:24.617 – +3.657
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:25.600 – +4.640
  11. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:26.040 – +5.080

Day 3

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.705
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.952 – +0.247
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:21.153 – +1.448
  4. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.396 – +1.691
  5. Nico Hulkenberg  – Renault – 1:21.791 – +2.086
  6. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.824 – +2.119
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.090 – +2.385
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.118 – +2.413
  9. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:22.351 – +2.646
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:22.598 – +2.893
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:23.540 – +3.835
  12. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:23.568 – +3.863
  13. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:23.952 – +4.247

Day 4

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.872
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:21.769 – +0.897
  3. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.778 – +0.906
  4. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.309 – +1.437
  5. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 1:22.401 – +1.529
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:22.534 – +1.662
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.576 – +1.704
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.443 – +2.571
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:24.974 – +4.102
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – No Time Set

Best lap by driver

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.705 (Day 3)
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.952 (Day 3)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.872 (Day 4)
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.983 (Day 2)
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:21.153 (Day 3)
  6. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.396 (Day 3)
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:21.769 (Day 4)
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:21.791 (Day 3)
  9. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber  – 1:21.824 (Day 3)
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:22.076 (Day 1)
  11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.118 (Day 3)
  12. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.204 (Day 2)
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:22.351 (Day 3)
  14. Antonio Giovanazzi – Sauber – 1:22.401 (Day 4)
  15. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:22.509 (Day 2)
  16. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:22.534 (Day 4)
  17. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.576 (Day 4)
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:22.598 (Day 3)
  19. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 (Day 2)
  20. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:23.540 (Day 3)
  21. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:23.568 (Day 3)

Best lap by team

  1. Mercedes – 1:19.705 (Day 3)
  2. Ferrari – 1:19.952 (Day 3)
  3. Red Bull – 1:21.153 (Day 3)
  4. Renault – 1:21.396 (Day 3)
  5. Sauber – 1:21.824 (Day 3)
  6. Williams – 1:22.076 (Day 1)
  7. Haas – 1:22.118 (Day 3)
  8. Force India – 1:22.509 (Day 2)
  9. McLaren – 1:22.576 (Day 4)
  10. Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 (Day 2)

Laps

Day 1

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 128
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 103
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 79
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 73
  5. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 72
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 57
  7. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 51
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 51
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 50
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 39
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 29

Total: 732

Day 2

  1. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 118
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 108
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 102
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 89
  5. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 86
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 68
  7. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 67
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 66
  9. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 53
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 40
  11. Lance Stroll – Williams – 12

Total: 809

Day 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 139
  2. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 126
  3. Lance Stroll – Williams – 98
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 95
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 75
  6. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 72
  7. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 71
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 70
  9. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 56
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 42
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 32
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 31

Total: 907

Day 4

  1. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 118
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 93
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 85
  4. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 84
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 82
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 68
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 67
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 51
  9. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 39
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1

Total: 688

Most laps by driver

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 324
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 267
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes- 234
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 201
  5. Marcus Ericcson – Sauber – 198
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 174
  7. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 174
  8. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 169
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 151
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 150
  11. Sergio Perez – Force India – 121
  12. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 120
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 110
  14. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 107
  15. Felipe Massa – Williams – 103
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 101
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 100
  18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 92
  19. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 86
  20. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 83
  21. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 71

Most laps by team

  1. Mercedes – 558
  2. Ferrari – 468
  3. Sauber – 349
  4. Haas – 343
  5. Red Bull – 294
  6. Force India – 278
  7. Renault – 242
  8. Williams – 213
  9. McLaren – 208
  10. Toro Rosso – 183

Stat Round-Up

  • Fastest lap: 1:19.705 – Valtteri Bottas Day 3
  • Most laps in a day: 139 – Sebastian Vettel Day 3
  • Fewest laps in a day: 1 – Daniil Kvyat Day 4
  • Most days in car: 4 Valtteri Bottas
  • Fewest days in car: 1 Alfonso Celis (Force India), Felipe Massa (Williams)
  • Most laps in a day overall: 907 Day 3
  • Fewest laps in a day overall: 688 Day 4
  • Laps completed overall: 3136

Team UK retain International Challenge trophy at Phillip Island Classic

Team UK have once again won the International Challenge Classic, beating Team Australia by 11 points.

The Island Classic is now in its 24th year while the International Challenge has been part of the event since 2005. It features bikes manufactured between 1973 and 1984 and Team UK have been in the hot-seat since beating Australia for the first time in 2015.  Teams from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, America and new additions Ireland take part in a number of races with a number of different classes of bikes feature in the event including pre-war, Forgotten Era 250 & 350, and 500 Classic.

They are competing for the Ken Wootton Perpetual Trophy, the Phil Irving Perpetual Trophy, and the International Challenge. While the first two trophies are individual events, the last one is about riders accumulating points for their team.

It is the third successive year in which Team UK has beaten Australia, while new entrants Ireland came third. Team USA finished fourth with New Zealand fifth.

Jeremy McWilliams – an experienced rider for Team UK – won three of the four races which contribute to the International Challenge trophy. In the first race he was joined by Shawn Giles (Australia) and Peter Hickman (UK) on the podium. Race two saw Hickman finish second ahead of Jed Metcher of Australia. McWilliams and Hickman were first and second in race three also with Giles in third. The fourth and final race was won by Alex Phillis from Australia, beating McWilliams and Australia team-mate Steve Martin.

“Riders leave absolutely nothing in the tank at the International Challenge, and that’s what makes it so special to compete in and win,” McWilliams said of the event. “We are allowed to ride bikes on the limit by the owners, and it’s been an honour to represent the UK and get the job done again in 2017”.

McWilliams was joined in Team UK by Hickman, John McGuinness, Conor Cummins, James Hillier, and Glen Richards. Craig Ditchburn, Alex Sinclair, and Michael Neeves also featured on the entry list.

International Challenge Trophy

  1. United Kingdom – 651
  2. Australia – 640
  3. Ireland – 539
  4. USA – 357
  5. New Zealand – 323

 Ken Wootton Perpetual Trophy

  1. Jeremy McWilliams (UK) – 159
  2. Jed Metcher  (Aus) – 147
  3. Shawn Giles (Aus) – 147
  4. Paul Byrne (Ire) – 140
  5. Conor Cummins (UK) – 133

 Phil Irving Perpetual Trophy

  1. Murray Seabrook – 200
  2. Dean Ougtred – 173
  3. Lachlan Hill – 171
  4. Neil May – 170
  5. Peter Hinton – 168

 

Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP as Nico Rosberg becomes World Champion

Lewis Hamilton has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but it was not enough to prevent Nico Rosberg becoming world champion.

Rosberg held off a late charge from Sebastian Vettel – who finished third – to become 2016 world champion. Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack, despite numerous calls from the pit wall to pick up his pace, but Rosberg was able to remain in second place. He crossed the line just four tenths off his team-mate with Vettel just four tenths further back on him.

Max Verstappen recovered from a lap one spin to make a different strategy work to finish in fourth, ahead of his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Kimi Raikkonen was a distant sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Felipe Massa ended his F1 career with two points ahead of Fernando Alonso who finished in tenth.

Romain Grosjean finished in 11th place ahead of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, Esteban Ocon, and Pascal Wehrlein. Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and a penalised Jolyon Palmer were the remaining finishers. Palmer was given a five second time penalty for crashing into Carlos Sainz and ending his race.

Joining Sainz on the sidelines were team-mate Daniil Kvyat, Valtteri Bottas, and Kevin Magnussen. Jenson Button suffered disappointment on his last Grand Prix appearance when his front suspension broke, bringing a premature end to his race.

At the front, defiant Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack but Rosberg withstood the pressure and finished where he needed to to become world champion. It is 34 years since his father Keke Rosberg won the world championship and they become one of only two father-son world champions. The other father-son world champions are of course Graham and Damon Hill.

 

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:38.755
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:39.058
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:39.589
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:39.604
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:39.661
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:39.818
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:40.501
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:40.519
  9. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:41.106
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:41.213
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:41.084
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:41.272
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:41.480
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:41.564
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:41.564
  16. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:41.995
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:42.003
  18. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:42.142
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:42.247
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:42.286
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:42.393
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:42.637

Laps

  1. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 17
  2. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 17
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams – 15
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 14
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 14
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 13
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 12
  8. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 12
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 12
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 12
  11. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 16
  12. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 15
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 14
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 14
  15. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 14
  16. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 9
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 9
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 9
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 8
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 8
  21. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 8
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 6