F1 2016: Belgian GP Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the Belgian Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Medium Soft Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton 3 6 4
Nico Rosberg 4 5 4
Sebastian Vettel 1 5 7
Kimi Raikkonen 1 5 7
Valtteri Bottas 3 3 7
Felipe Massa 3 3 7
Daniel Ricciardo 4 3 6
Max Verstappen 4 3 6
Kevin Magnussen 3 3 7
Jolyon Palmer 3 3 7
Nico Hulkenberg 3 4 6
Sergio Perez 3 4 6
Daniil Kvyat 2 4 7
Carlos Sainz 2 4 7
Fernando Alonso 3 4 6
Jenson Button 3 4 6
Marcus Ericsson 1 5 7
Felipe Nasr 1 5 7
Pascal Wehrlein 4 4 5
Esteban Ocon 4 4 5
Romain Grosjean 2 4 7
Esteban Gutierrez 1 5 7

F1 2016: German GP Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the German Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Medium Soft Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton 1 4 8
Nico Rosberg 1 4 8
Sebastian Vettel 1 3 9
Kimi Raikkonen 1 3 9
Valtteri Bottas 1 5 7
Felipe Massa 1 5 7
Daniel Ricciardo 1 4 8
Max Verstappen 1 4 8
Kevin Magnussen 1 5 7
Jolyon Palmer 1 5 7
Nico Hulkenberg 3 4 6
Sergio Perez 3 4 6
Daniil Kvyat 1 4 8
Carlos Sainz 1 4 8
Fernando Alonso 1 3 9
Jenson Button 1 3 9
Marcus Ericsson 1 3 9
Felipe Nasr 1 3 9
Pascal Wehrlein 1 4 8
Rio Haryanto 1 4 8
Romain Grosjean 1 5 7
Esteban Gutierrez 1 5 7

Sauber’s F1 future secured following takeover by Swiss finance company

Sauber will continue in Formula One following a takeover by Swiss investment company Longbow Finance S.A.

The Formula One team’s future has been the topic of much speculation of late due to financial difficulties. Today’s news means that Sauber can continue in the sport. It has also been confirmed that there will be no changes to the the company or team name.

Sauber was founded in the 70s by Peter Sauber and they made their Formula One debut in 1993 with Mercedes engines. In 2005 the team was sold to BMW and they raced as BMW Sauber from 2006 until 2010, although BMW pulled out at the end of the 2009 season. Up until the acquisition by Longbow Finance, Peter Sauber had owned 66.6% of the team – having bought it back in 2010 – with Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn owning the remaining stakes.

“Monisha and I yesterday signed an agreement which secures the future of the Formula 1 Team and the Sauber Group,” Peter Sauber revealed in a statement. “I am very happy that my courageous investment to buy the team back, which I made six years ago, with the intention to secure the base in Hinwil and the place in Formula 1 has proved to be correct.”

As a result of the takeover Peter Sauber will retire and will be succeeded by Pascal Picci as Chairman of Sauber Holding. Kaltenborn will remain as Team Principal and CEO.

“We are very pleased that by reaching an agreement with Longbow Finance S.A., we can secure the future of Sauber at the pinnacle of motorsport,” Kalenborn said. “We are convinced that Longbow Finance is the perfect partner to again make the team competitive and successful in Formula 1. At the same time the new structure will allow us to finally further expand our third party business in which we commercialise our know-how. This solution is in the best interest of our employees, partners, loyal suppliers, the base in Hinwil and for the Swiss motorsport. We are very grateful that Longbow Finance believes in the competences efficiency and capabilities of Sauber Group, and we look forward to a new exciting future.”

Sauber are currently the only team to have scored no points in 2016. They have also been forced to sit out both in-season tests so far – one in Barcelona and one at Silverstone. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr currently drive for the team but notable drivers in their history include Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld, Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, and Jacques Villeneuve.

F1 2016: Hungarian GP Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the Hungarian Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Medium Soft Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton 1 4 8
Nico Rosberg 1 4 8
Sebastian Vettel 1 3 9
Kimi Raikkonen 1 3 9
Valtteri Bottas 1 5 7
Felipe Massa 1 5 7
Daniel Ricciardo 1 5 7
Max Verstappen 1 5 7
Kevin Magnussen 1 5 7
Jolyon Palmer 1 5 7
Nico Hulkenberg 2 4 7
Sergio Perez 2 4 7
Daniil Kvyat 1 5 7
Carlos Sainz 1 5 7
Fernando Alonso 1 5 7
Jenson Button 1 5 7
Marcus Ericsson 1 4 8
Felipe Nasr 1 4 8
Pascal Wehrlein 1 5 7
Rio Haryanto 1 5 7
Romain Grosjean 1 4 8
Esteban Gutierrez 2 3 8

Kimi Raikkonen to remain with Ferrari for 2017

Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Ferrari next season it has been confirmed.

There had been much speculation over the Finnish driver’s future, with drivers such as Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean being linked to his seat. The team has put an end to all the rumours by confirming that Raikkonen will race for the team for a seventh season.

They released the following short statement:

Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.

Raikkonen first joined Ferrari in 2007 and we went on to win his first – and only – World Championship. He left the team, and F1, at the end of the 2009 season before returning to the sport in 2012.He returned to Ferrari in 2014 and he has raced with the Scuderia ever since.

During his time at Ferrari he has won nine races, stood on the podium 33 times, and started from pole position five times. This weekend’s British Grand Prix will be his 100th with the team.

Pirelli confirm tyre test schedule for 2017 spec tyres

From 2017 onwards Pirelli will be introducing a wider tyre in line with the new regulations.

Pirelli have already been carrying out tyre testing with Ferrari and Red Bull but using the current tyre widths with prototype materials and structures. The testing has been carried out at Fiorano and Paul Ricard, and three more circuits are set to join the testing calendar.

There will be ten sessions over 24 days in which the 2017 tyres will be tested, starting with a two day event at Fiorano with Ferrari. This will take place on 1st & 2nd of August on an artificially dampened track to test the intermediate and full wet tyres. On 3rd & 4th August Red Bull will test the slick tyres for the first time at Mugello. The testing will take place using modified 2015 specification cars. Three teams will initially take part in the testing – Ferrari and Red Bull being joined by Mercedes. They will be obliged to share all the data gathered during the tests with all other teams.

The testing schedule will be as follows:

  1. August 1st & 2nd – Ferrari – Fiorano – Wets
  2. August 3rd & 4th – Red Bull – Mugello – Slicks
  3. September 6th & 7th – Ferrari – Barcelona – Slicks
  4. September 6th – 8th – Mercedes – Paul Ricard – Slicks
  5. September 21st & 22nd – Mercedes – Paul Ricard – Wets
  6. October 12th & 13th – Mercedes – Barcelona – Slicks
  7. October 14th – 16th – Red Bull – Abu Dhabi – Slicks
  8. November 2nd & 3rd – Red Bull – Abu Dhabi – Wets
  9. November 14th – 16th – Ferrari – Abu Dhabi – Slicks
  10. November 29th – ALL TEAMS – Abu Dhabi – Both

The test day at Abu Dhabi at the end of the season will see all 11 teams get to trial the 2017 spec tyres – which will be 60mm wider for the front tyres and 80mm wider for the rear tyres – to validate the data from the previous tests.

 

As well as the aforementioned specific tyre test dates the following tests will also take place:

  1. 12th & 13th July – Mercedes – Silverstone – Slicks
  2. 16th July – Ferrari – Fiorano – Wets
  3. 18th & 19th July – Red Bull – Vallelunga – Slicks

These are with the prototype 2016 spec tyres, and not the 2017 tyres. Mercedes will carry out this testing during the official Silverstone test at which ten other teams will be present.

F1 2016: British Grand Prix Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the British Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Hard Medium Soft
Lewis Hamilton 1 5 7
Nico Rosberg 1 5 7
Sebastian Vettel 2 3 8
Kimi Raikkonen 2 3 8
Valtteri Bottas 1 5 7
Felipe Massa 1 5 7
Daniel Ricciardo 2 4 7
Max Verstappen 2 4 7
Kevin Magnussen 1 5 7
Jolyon Palmer 1 5 7
Nico Hulkenberg 3 4 6
Sergio Perez 3 4 6
Daniil Kvyat 2 3 8
Carlos Sainz 2 3 8
Fernando Alonso 1 5 7
Jenson Button 1 5 7
Marcus Ericsson 1 3 9
Felipe Nasr 1 3 9
Pascal Wehrlein 1 5 7
Rio Haryanto 1 5 7
Romain Grosjean 2 4 7
Esteban Gutierrez 1 5 7