F1 2016: Belgian Grand Prix Preview

The summer break is over and it’s time for the Formula One season to recommence at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps. Featuring the likes of Eau Rouge, La Source, and Pouhon, the circuit is a real favourite amongst drivers and fans alike.

The longest circuit on the calendar is 7.004km and drivers will lap it 44 times. Due to the nature of the circuit it can be raining at one part of the circuit and completely dry at another meaning weather conditions can come more into play than they necessarily do at other races.

Circuit: Spa-Francorchamps
Number of Laps: 44
Circuit Length: 7.004km
Number of Corners: 19
Lap Record: 1:47.263 Sebastian Vettel (2009)
Previous Belgian Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 6
Most Successful Team: Ferrari (16 wins)
DRS Zones: 2    
Pirelli Tyres: Medium, Soft and Supersoft

Lewis Hamilton has clawed back the gap to Nico Rosberg and currently leads the championship by 19 points. He does however have the knowledge of an engine penalty hanging over him and it could be taken at Spa.

The circuit features a mixture of long straights and and fast corners and results in one of the fastest speeds of the year at 235km/h. The nature of the track means teams will have to find a balance between low drag and downforce. There are plenty of overtaking opportunities meaning qualifying is not as key as at other races.

Last year Hamilton led home a Mercedes 1-2, ahead of Rosberg, with Romain Grosjean in third for Lotus. In the two years prior to that it has been Red Bull drivers standing on the top step of the podium. Red Bull have been in good form in recent times and look the team most likely to challenge Mercedes.

In the German Grand Prix – the last race before the summer break – Hamilton finished ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Rosberg was fourth after a torrid race which included picking up a penalty for running another driver off the track. The Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were fifth and sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button, Valtteri Bottas, and Sergio Perez.

 

2016: Classic TT & Manx GP Guide

Two months after a competitive Isle of Man TT, top riders return to the island for the Classic TT alongside the Manx Grand Prix.

Classic TT

The Senior entry list includes John McGuinness, Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop, and Bruce Anstey to name but a few. McGuinness will once again be riding with the number one plate on the Paton, being joined by Conor Cummins. 2015 Senior winner Harrison is once again riding the MV Agusta with Dunlop as his team-mate. Lee Johnston had been scheduled to ride the second Black Eagle Racing bike but a broken collarbone sustained at the Ulster Grand Prix means he has been sidelined.

Elsewhere veteran rider Ian Lougher will also be piloting an MV Agusta. Other riders include William Dunlop and Alan Oversby on Honda machinery, Michael Rutter and Cameron Donald with Ripley Land Racing Matchless Hondas, and Olie Linsdell.

The high calibre entry list also includes Jamie Coward, Ivan Lintin, James Hillier, james Cowton, Peter Boast, Dan Hegarty and Maria Costello. Horst Saiger, Timothee Monot, Dominic Herbertson, David Madsen-Mygdal, and Bill Swallow will also be racing.

In the newly re-introduced Lightweight class Anstey will be in action on the Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles RS250 Honda, and he will be up against the likes of Lougher, Ryan Kneen, and Cowton. Dan Cooper will be racing a TZ Yamaha, while Dan Kneen will also race a RS250 Honda. Davy Morgan, Paul Own and Phil Harvey will all also be Honda mounted. Neil Kernohan,  Dave Hewson, and Rob Hodson are just a few of the other riders taking part.

2015 Results

The 2015 running of the Classic TT saw Harrison, Rutter, Michael Dunlop and Ryan Kneen take wins.

500cc

  1. Dean Harrison
  2. Ian Lougher
  3. Lee Johnston

350cc

  1. Michael Rutter
  2. Philip McGurk
  3. Doug Snow

F1/F2

  1. Michael Dunlop
  2. Bruce Anstey
  3. Ryan Farquhar

F1/F2

  1. Ryan Kneen
  2. James Cowton
  3. Charles Rhys Hardistry

Manx Grand Prix

Alongside the Classic TT, the Manx Grand Prix is part of the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling.

Dan Sayle will be riding the Falcon Racing NSF 250 Honda in the Lightweight race at this year’s Manx GP, becoming the first rider to pilot a Moto3 machine at the event. Other competitors include 2015 podium finisher Andy Dudgeon on a Suzuki, Andy Farrell on a Honda, and Tom Weeden riding a Triumph.

Other names to look out for include David Lumsden, Allan Brodie, Rodger Wibberley and Rhys Hardistry.

2015 Results

The Manx Grand Prix proves as a successful training ground for riders wanting to progress to race at the Isle of Man TT. Last year saw impressive late riders Billy Redmayne and Malachi Mitchell-Thomas winning races but sadly neither got their opportunity to race at the TT.

Junior MGP

  1. Billy Redmayne
  2. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas
  3. Rob Hodson

Supertwin/Lightweight

  1. Rob Hodson
  2. Andrew Dudgeon
  3. Nick Jeffries

Senior MGP

  1. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas
  2. Rob Hodson
  3. Andrew Dudgeon

 

 

 

Qualifying

Saturday 20th August

  • 17.20 – 17.45 Manx GP & Classic TT newcomers
  • 17.30 – 18.25 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike
  • 18.30 – 19.25 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin
  • 19.30 – 20.05 All MGP Newcomers

Monday 22nd August

  • 18.20 – 19.05 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike
  • 19.10 – 19.45 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin
  • 19.48 – 20.05 MGP & Classic TT Newcomers

Tuesday 23rd August

  • 18.20 – 19.05 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin
  • 19.10 – 19.45 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike
  • 19.48 – 20.05 All MGP Newcomers

Wednesday 24th August

  • 18.20 – 19.05 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike
  • 19.10 – 19.45 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin
  • 19.48 – 20.05 All MGP Newcomers

Thursday 25th August

  • 18.20 – 19.10 Classic TT 350/500
  • 19.15 – 20.00 Classic TT 250/Superbike

Friday 26th August

  • 18.20 – 19.10 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike/MGP Newcomers A
  • 19.15 – 20.00 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin/MGP Newcomers B

Race Days

Saturday 27th August

  • 11.30 Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race (4 laps)
  • 13.25 – 14.00 MGP Senior/Junior/All MGP Newcomers Qualifying (2 laps)
  • 13.55 – 14.35 Classic TT 350/Superbike Qualifying (1 lap)
  • 14.45 – 15.25 Vintage Motor Cycle Club Parade (1 lap)
  • 16.15 Lightweight Classic TT Race  (4 laps)
  • 18.10 – 18.40 MGP Supertwin/Lightweight/All MGP Newcomers Qualifying

Monday 29th August

  • 10.15 350cc Junior Classic TT Race (4 laps)
  • 12.10 – 13.o5 MGP Senior/Junior/Supertwin/Lightweight Qualifying (2 laps)
  • 14.00 Superbike Classic TT Race (4 laps)
  • 16.00 – 16.30 Classic TT Lap of Honour (1 lap)
  • 17.00 Newcomers MGP Race (4 laps)

Wednesday 31st August

  • 10.15 Junior Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps)
  • 13.15 Supertwin/Lightweight Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps)
  • 15.15 – 15.50 MGP Senior Qualifying (1 lap)

Friday 2nd September

  • 10.15 Full Factory Winner’s Wear Senior Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps)

 

 

 

Lewis Hamilton extends championship lead in Germany

Lewis Hamilton is the driver going into the summer break with the championship lead. Having moved ahead at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the gap now stands at 19 points to team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg got pole position but bogged down at the start, allowing Hamilton to sweep past and remain untroubled at the front for the whole race. Rosberg also lost out to both Red Bulls and – while going wheel to wheel with Max Verstappen – he picked out a five second stop/go penalty for running another driver off the track. As if that wasn’t bad enough for Rosberg, a stopwatch issue at the penalised pit-stop cost him even more time.

It was Daniel Ricciardo who finished second in the race – closing on Hamilton in the closing laps but not by enough. Verstappen finished in third place ahead of Rosberg who had to settle for fourth following his torrid afternoon.

Ferrari were nowhere at Sebastian Vettel’s home Grand Prix, finishing a distant fifth and sixth. Nico Hulkenberg was last of the unlapped drivers in seventh, half a minute back on Kimi Raikkonen. Jenson Button picked up four points for McLaren by finishing eighth, passing Valtteri Bottas late on as the Williams driver struggled on old tyres. The Finn did manage to hold on to finish ninth ahead of Sergio Perez who got the last point.

Esteban Gutierrez was 12th ahead of Fernando Alonso who faced extreme fuel saving at the end of the race, dropping out of the points for McLaren. Romain Grosjean, Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen were 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th respectively. Rounding out the finishers were Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson, Jolyon Palmer, and Rio Haryanto. Both Felipe Nasr and Felipe Massa retired from the race.

Formula One now heads into the summer break with the next race taking place in Belgium on the 26th – 28th August.

F1 2016: German GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:14.363
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:14.470
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:14.726
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:14.834
  5. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:15.142
  6. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:15.315
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:15.510
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:15.530
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:15.537
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:15.615
  11. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:15.883
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:15.909
  13. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:15.989
  14. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:16.041
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:16.086
  16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:16.665
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:16.716
  18. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:16.876
  19. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:16.876
  20. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:16.977
  21. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:17.123
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:17.238

Laps

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

F1 2016: German GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:15.738
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:15.795 – +0.057
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:15.837 – +0.099
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:15.902 – +0.164
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:16.104 – +0.366
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:16.182 – +0.444
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:16.400 – +0.662
  8. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:16.630 – +0.892
  9. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:16.916 – +1.178
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:16.972
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:17.028 – +1.290
  12. Sergio Perez – 1:17.066 – +1.328
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:17.160 – +1.422
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:17.227 – +1.489
  15. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:17.351 – +1.613
  16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:17.473 – +1.735
  17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:17.685 – +1.947
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:18.057 – +2.319
  19. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:18.093 – +2.355
  20. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:18.270 – +2.532
  21. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:18.272 – +2.534
  22. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.160 – +9.422

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:15.738
  2. Red Bull – 1:15.837 – +0.099
  3. Ferrari – 1:15.902 – +0.164
  4. Williams – 1:16.499 – +0.662
  5. McLaren – 1:16.916 – +1.178
  6. Force India – 1:16.972 – +1.234
  7. Toro Rosso – 1:17.028 – +1.290
  8. Haas – 1:17.160 – +1.422
  9. Renault – 1:17.351 – +1.613
  10. Sauber – 1:17.685 – +1.947
  11. Manor – 1:18.270 – +2.532

Laps

Drivers

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 28
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 26
  3. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 24
  4. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 24
  5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 23
  6. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 23
  7. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 20
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 20
  9. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 19
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 19
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 19
  12. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 18
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 17
  14. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 16
  15. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 16
  16. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 16
  17. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 13
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 11
  19. Sergio Perez – Force India – 10
  20. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 9
  21. Jenson Button – McLaren – 6
  22. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 4

Teams

  1. Williams – 54
  2. Sauber – 43
  3. Manor – 42
  4. Toro Rosso – 39
  5. Red Bull – 36
  6. Ferrari – 36
  7. Mercedes – 35
  8. Renault – 29
  9. Force India – 26
  10. Haas – 21
  11. McLaren – 17

F1 2016: German GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:15.614
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:16.008 – +0.394
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:16.208 – +0.594
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:16.456 – +0.842
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:16.490 – +0.876
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:16.512 – +0.898
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:16.781 – +1.167
  8. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:17.087 – +1.473
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:17.148 – +1.534
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:17.225 – +1.611
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:17.342 – +1.728
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:17.367 – +1.753
  13. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:17.425 – +1.811
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:17.602 – +1.988
  15. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:17.686 – +2.072
  16. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:18.005 – +2.391
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:18.056 – +2.442
  18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:18.130 – +2.516
  19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:18.193 – +2.579
  20. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:18.313 – +2.699
  21. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:18.591 – +2.977
  22. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:19.295 – +3.681

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:15.614
  2. Ferrari – 1:16.208 – +0.594
  3. Red Bull – 1:16.456 – +0.842
  4. Force India – 1:16.781 – +1.167
  5. McLaren – 1:17.087 – +1.473
  6. Toro Rosso – 1:17.342 – +1.728
  7. Williams – 1:17.425 – +1.811
  8. Haas – 1:17.602 – +1.988
  9. Renault – 1:18.056 – +2.442
  10. Sauber – 1:18.130 – +2.516
  11. Manor – 1:18.193 – +2.579

Laps

Drivers

  1. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 47
  2. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 47
  3. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 46
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 45
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 44
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 44
  7. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 43
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 43
  9. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 42
  10. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 43
  11. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 41
  12. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 40
  13. Felipe Massa – Williams – 40
  14. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 39
  15. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 38
  16. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 38
  17. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 36
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 32
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 28
  20. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 21
  21. Jenson Button – McLaren – 16
  22. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 13

Teams

  1. Renault – 93
  2. Manor – 90
  3. Force India – 87
  4. Ferrari – 84
  5. Williams – 84
  6. Mercedes – 79
  7. Red Bull – 78
  8. Toro Rosso – 70
  9. Sauber – 69
  10. Haas – 55
  11. McLaren – 37

F1 2016: German GP – FP1 Times & Laps

Free Practice 1

Times

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:15.517
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:15.843 – +0.326
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:16.667 – +1.150
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:16.852 – +1.335
  5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:16.927 – +1.410
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:17.089 – +1.572
  7. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:17.183 – +1.666
  8. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:17.612 – +2.095
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:18.008 – +2.491
  10. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:18.044 – +2.681
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:18.198 – +2.681
  12. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:18.210 – +2.693
  13. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:18.322 – +2.805
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:18.589 – +3.072
  15. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:18.591 – +3.074
  16. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:18.628 – +3.111
  17. Charles Leclerc – Haas – 1:18.882 – +3.365
  18. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:18.933 – +3.416
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:18.961 – +3.444
  20. Esteban Ocon – Renault – 1:18.981 – +3.464
  21. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:19.167 – +3.650
  22. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:19.975 – +4.458

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:15.517
  2. Ferrari – 1:16.667 – +1.150
  3. Red Bull – 1:16.927 – +1.410
  4. McLaren – 1:17.183 – +1.666
  5. Toro Rosso – 1:18.008 – +2.491
  6. Sauber – 1:18.044 – +2.527
  7. Williams – 1:18.210 – +2.693
  8. Haas – 1:18.589 – +3.072
  9. Force India – 1:18.591 – +3.074
  10. Renault – 1:18.933 – +3.416
  11. Manor – 1:19.167 – +3.650

Laps

Drivers

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 37
  2. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 35
  3. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 35
  4. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 34
  5. Felipe Massa – Williams – 33
  6. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 33
  7. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 32
  8. Charles Leclerc – Haas – 32
  9. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 30
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 30
  11. Esteban Ocon – Renault – 30
  12. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari -29
  13. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 29
  14. Sergio Perez – Force India – 29
  15. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 28
  16. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 25
  17. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 23
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 22
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 22
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 20
  21. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 18
  22. Jenson Button – McLaren – 15

Teams

  1. Williams – 70
  2. Renault – 65
  3. Force India – 64
  4. Manor – 64
  5. Mercedes – 62
  6. Red Bull – 59
  7. Haas – 52
  8. Ferrari – 52
  9. Sauber – 50
  10. Toro Rosso – 47
  11. McLaren – 33