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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

 

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Lewis Hamilton keeps title hopes alive with a win in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton kept his title hopes alive with a win in Mexico, beating team-mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg. They were joined on the podium by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel however he later lost it due to a penalty.

The Mercedes driver started from pole position and nearly lost out when he was forced to cut the corner at turn one. He maintained the lead while Nico Rosberg also went wide to avoid contact with Max Verstappen.

Pascal Wehrlein was an early retirement from the race having been tagged which resulted in the Virtual Safety Car. A number of drivers took this opportunity to pit and get rid of the supersoft tyres.

The race settled down in the middle and the focus instead turned to frustrated drivers’ radio messages – namely Vettel. After charging down Verstappen he failed to pass, with Verstappen locking up heavily and cutting across turn one. Vettel felt he had gained an unfair advantage but Verstappen did not give the place back. This led to an expletive filled radio message from the Ferrari driver.

Verstappen was handed a post-race five second penalty resulting in him dropping to fifth. He was in the podium room when it happened and Vettel had to make a last minute dash to make it to the podium. However, later on Vettel was given his own time penalty for a move he pulled on Ricciardo giving the Australian driver the podium eventually.

The final order was Hamilton, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Verstappen and Vettel in the top five. Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas. Felipe Massa had local favourite Sergio Perez behind him for most of the race and he kept them there as they crossed the line to round out the points finishers.

Marcus Ericsson was 11th ahead of Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen. Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez, Romain Grosjean and Esteban Ocon were the remaining finishers.

As the title fight heads to Brazil, Rosberg has a 19 point lead and can become champion with a win.

Lewis Hamilton takes 50th career victory with win in Austin

With Nico Rosberg firmly in control of the drivers championship, Lewis Hamilton really needed a win to reignite his fight.

He took a controlled victory at the Circuit of the Americas, beating Rosberg by four seconds and taking seven points out of his lead. It was Hamilton’s 50th career victory in F1 and at a circuit where he has won three times previously.

Hamilton took pole position on Saturday and was never really challenged for the lead of the race. Daniel Ricciardo got the jump on Rosberg at the start but the championship leader was able to come back at the Red Bull driver to finish second. Ricciardo had to settle for a distant third when his strategy was compromised by his team-mate’s retirement.

Sebastian Vettel finished in fourth for Ferrari ahead of a spirited Fernando Alonso in fifth. The Spaniard had qualified outside the top ten but drove a superb race to finish in the points. He went wheel to wheel with Felipe Massa which eventually led to a stewards investigation due to contact but ultimately no action was taken. In the closing laps of the race he also fought hard with fellow countryman Carlos Sainz who lost out to his childhood hero in the end. Sainz finished in sixth place ahead of Massa, Sergio Perez, Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean. Button and Grosjean had both dropped out of qualifying in Q1 but enjoyed good races to pick up some points.

Daniil Kvyat was 11th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer, Marcus Ericsson, and Felipe Nasr. Valtteri Bottas didn’t recover from an early puncture, eventually finishing 16th, ahead of the Manor duo of Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon.

Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire when he left the pits with a tyre not secured properly. Max Verstappen was also a retirement when he suffered transmission issues having already had a pit stop blunder during the race. He pitted when his crew were not ready for him – claiming to have thought that the team had called him in. While that cost him a lot of time, it was ultimately a car failure which led to his retirement. He pulled off at an awkward part of the track which led to the deployment of the Virtual Safety Car which in turn hampered Ricciardo’s strategy. Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg were the other retirements.

F1 2016: US GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:36.766
  2. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:37.032 – +0.266
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:37.284 – +0.518
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:37.483 – +0.717
  5. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:37.784 – +1.108
  6. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:37.894 – +1.128
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:37.948 – +1.182
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:38.188 – +1.422
  9. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:38.212 – +1.446
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:38.452 – +1.686
  11. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:38.512 – +1.746
  12. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:38.528 – +1.762
  13. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:38.607 – +1.841
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:38.691 – +1.925
  15. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:38.710 – +1.944
  16. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:38.939 – +2.173
  17. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:39.097 – +2.331
  18. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:39.105 – +2.339
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:39.239 – +2.473
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:39.509 – +2.743
  21. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:39.771 – +3.005
  22. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:41.427 – +4.661

Teams

  1. Red Bull – 1:36.766
  2. Ferrari – 1:37.284 – +0.518
  3. Mercedes – 1:37.483 – +0.717
  4. Force India – 1:37.948 – +1.182
  5. Williams – 1:38.188 – +1.422
  6. McLaren – 1:38.212 – +1.446
  7. Renault – 1:38.528 – +1.762
  8. Toro Rosso – 1:38.691 – +1.925
  9. Haas – 1:38.939 – +2.173
  10. Sauber – 1:39.239 – +2.473
  11. Manor – 1:39.771 – +3.005

Laps

Drivers

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

Teams

  1. Red Bull – 35
  2. Renault – 33
  3. Force India – 33
  4. Williams – 31
  5. Renault – 28
  6. Sauber – 28
  7. McLaren – 27
  8. Haas – 26
  9. Ferrari – 23
  10. Toro Rosso – 22
  11. Mercedes – 22

F1 2016: US Grand Prix Preview

Formula One heads stateside with the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend.

With just four races remaining Nico Rosberg heads his team-mate by 33 points – more than a race win – with Mercedes having secured the constructors championship last time out in Japan.

Lewis Hamilton has won three of the four previous outings at the Circuit of the Americas and he was the winner of the 2007 US Grand Prix when it was held at Indianapolis for the last time. He will be hoping to win his first race since the German Grand Prix earlier this year.

Circuit: Circuit of the Americas
Number of Laps: 56
Circuit Length: 5.513km
Number of Corners: 20
Lap Record: 1:39.347 Sebastian Vettel 2012
Previous US GP (in Austin) winners still on the grid: 2
Most Successful Team: Mercedes (2 wins)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Medium, Soft and Supersoft

The track has become a firm favourite amongst fans and drivers over the past four years due to its mixture of high and low speed corners, elevation changes, and ample overtaking opportunities.

The run to turn one is uphill meaning drivers arrive at the first corner blind. Drivers will reach top speeds of 340km/h with around 54 gear changes per lap. The first sector of the lap is fast and flowing while the second half of the lap features more low and medium speed corners.

Last year the weather conditions played a big part with torrential rain delaying qualifying until Sunday morning. Forecasts for this weekend look more promising and similar to the three other holdings of the US Grand Prix in Texas.

Rosberg is firmly in control of the championship with a 33 point lead over Hamilton. He has won nine races so far this season, including four of the last five. Hamilton is no stranger to overcoming points deficits to his team-mates however he is running out of time to do so. While Mercedes may have won the constructors, Red Bull have proven in the last few races that they can be a force to be reckoned with. Daniel Ricciardo won in Malaysia and has been on the podium at Austin before while Verstappen has finished second at the last two races. They now have a 50 point advantage over Ferrari. The battle between Force India and Williams remains close with Force India currently 10 points ahead of Williams. McLaren are pulling away from Toro Rosso while Haas are solidly eighth. Sauber are the only team yet to score in 2016.

 

F1 2016: Japanese Grand Prix Preview

Following the Malaysia Grand Prix, which saw the championship swing very firmly in Nico Rosberg’s favour, it is time for the Japanese Grand Prix – a firm favourite race amongst drivers and fans alike.

Daniel Ricciardo led home a Red Bull 1-2 in Malaysia when Lewis Hamilton’s engine blew, causing him to retire from the lead. Rosberg now leads the championship by 23 points having finished in third place.

Circuit: Suzuka
Number of Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.807km
Number of Corners: 18
Lap Record: 1:31.540 – Kimi Raikkonen (2005)
Previous Japanese Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 5
Most Successful Team: McLaren (9 wins)
DRS Zones: 1   
Pirelli Tyres: Hard, Medium and Soft

The Suzuka track is a unique figure of 8 configuration and features a number of high speed corners. Drivers spend about 65% of the lap at full throttle with 42 gear changes. There is a mix of fast, medium and slow corners with the only significant braking event happening at the chicane at the end of the lap. The track is narrow and features little run-off.  Like Malaysia, track temperatures and the threat of rain are something to consider over the weekend. As it’s an older established track, grip is high but with high levels of degradation.

McLaren are the most successful team at the Japanese Grand Prix but it is Hamilton and Mercedes who have won the last two races. Before that it was Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull who won two in a row. Red Bull were the best of the rest in Malaysia behind Mercedes, and took a 1-2 in the race when Hamilton retired. This is a track they have gone well at in the past so could be ones to watch this weekend.

Hamilton will be wanting to overcome his difficult weekend at the Malaysia Grand Prix and he is the form man at Suzuka. He had dominated qualifying and much of the race before his engine gave up on the 40th lap in Malaysia. Rosberg now leads the championship by 23 points – nearly a race victory – and with only five races in the year left, Hamilton will be wanting to start eating into that lead as soon as possible.

F1 2016: Malaysia GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:34.434
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:34.879 – +0.445
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:35.053 – +0.619
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:35.150 – +0.716
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:35.170 – +0.736
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:35.461 – +1.027
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:35.776 – +1.342
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:35.902 – +1.468
  9. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:36.222 – +1.788
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:36.227 – +1.793
  11. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:36.529 – +1.825
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:36.363 – +1.929
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:36.553 – +2.119
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:36.604 – +2.170
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:36.687 – +2.253
  16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:36.687 – +2.253
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:36.752 – +2.318
  18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:36.765 – +2.331
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:37.106 – +2.672
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:37.961 – +3.527
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:38.089 – +3.655
  22. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:41.199 – +6.765

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:34.434
  2. Red Bull – 1:34.879 – +0.445
  3. Ferrari – 1:35.150 – +0.716
  4. Force India – 1:35.776 – +1.342
  5. Williams – 1:35.902 – +1.468
  6. Toro Rosso – 1:36.222 – +1.788
  7. McLaren – 1:36.363 -+1.929
  8. Haas – 1:36.553 – +2.119
  9. Renault – 1:36.604 – +2.170
  10. Sauber – 1:36.765 – +2.331
  11. Manor – 1:37.961 – +3.527

Laps

Drivers

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

Teams

  1. Renault – 39
  2. Toro Rosso – 38
  3. Williams – 37
  4. Sauber – 37
  5. Red Bull – 36
  6. Force India – 31
  7. Manor – 30
  8. Mercedes – 30
  9. Haas – 29
  10. Ferrari – 29
  11. McLaren – 25