Free Practice 1
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:24.220
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.803 – +0.583
- Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.886 – +0.666
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.246 – +1.026
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:25.372 – +1.152
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:25.464 – +1.244
- Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.142 – +1.922
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:26.168 – +1.948
- Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:26.183 – +1.963
- 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
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.620
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:24.167 – +0.547
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.176 – +0.556
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.525 – +0.905
- Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.650 – +1.030
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.013 – +1.393
- Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.084 – +1.464
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.436 – +1.816
- Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.478 – +1.858
- 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
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.380
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.859 – +0.479
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.870 – +0.490
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.988 – +0.608
- Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.063 – +1.683
- Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:25.092 – +1.712
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.581 – +2.201
- Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.948 – +2.568
- Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:26.049 – +2.669
- 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.
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.188
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:22.456
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:22.481
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.033
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:23.485
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:24.074
- Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:24.443
- Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.487
- Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:24.512
- 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.
- Sebastian Vettel
- Lewis Hamilton
- Valtteri Bottas
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Max Verstappen
- Felipe Massa
- Sergio Perez
- Carlos Sainz
- Daniil Kvyat
- Esteban Ocon
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Antonio Giovinazzi
- 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.
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.
- David Johnson
- Bruce Anstey
- James Hillier
- Ian Hutchinson
- John McGuinness
- Michael Dunlop
- Conor Cummins
- Guy Martin
- Dean Harrison
- Peter Hickman
- Michael Rutter
- Gary Johnson
- Lee Johnston
- Dan Kneen
- William Dunlop
- Josh Brookes
- Steve Mercer
- Martin Jessopp
- Dan Hegarty
- Ivan Lintin
The 2017 race fortnight kicks off with practice on 27th May with the first race scheduled for Saturday 3rd June.
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
- United Kingdom – 651
- Australia – 640
- Ireland – 539
- USA – 357
- New Zealand – 323
Ken Wootton Perpetual Trophy
- Jeremy McWilliams (UK) – 159
- Jed Metcher (Aus) – 147
- Shawn Giles (Aus) – 147
- Paul Byrne (Ire) – 140
- Conor Cummins (UK) – 133
Phil Irving Perpetual Trophy
- Murray Seabrook – 200
- Dean Ougtred – 173
- Lachlan Hill – 171
- Neil May – 170
- Peter Hinton – 168
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.