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

F1 2016: Malaysia GP – FP1 Times & Laps

Free Practice 1

Times

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:35.227
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:35.721 – +0.494
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:36.315 – +1.088
  4. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:36.331 – +1.104
  5. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:36.510 – +1.283
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:36.753 – +1.526
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:36.973 – +1.746
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:37.513 – +2.286
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:37.601 – +2.374
  10. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:37.613 -+2.386
  11. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:37.847 – +2.620
  12. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:37.861 – +2.634
  13. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:37.886 – +2.659
  14. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:37.921 – +2.694
  15. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:38.055 – +2.828
  16. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:38.184 – +2.957
  17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:38.313 – +3.086
  18. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:38.339 – +3.112
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:39.148 – +3.921
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:40.036 – +4.809
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:40.627 – +5.400
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – No Time Set

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:35.227
  2. Ferrari – 1:36.315 – +1.088
  3. McLaren – 1:36.510 – +1.283
  4. Red Bull – 1:36.753 – +1.526
  5. Force India – 1:37.513 – +2.286
  6. Toro Rosso – 1:37.847 – +2.620
  7. Williams – 1:37.861 – +2.634
  8. Haas – 1:37.886 – +2.659
  9. Sauber – 1:38.184 – +2.957
  10. Renault – 1:39.148 – +3.921
  11. Manor – 1:40.036 – +4.809

Laps

Drivers

  1. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 29
  2. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 28
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 27
  4. Sergio Perez – Force India – 27
  5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 26
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 26
  7. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 26
  8. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 25
  9. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 25
  10. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 25
  11. Felipe Massa – Williams – 24
  12. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 23
  13. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 22
  14. Jenson Button – McLaren – 20
  15. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 20
  16. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 20
  17. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 18
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 18
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 18
  20. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 17
  21. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 16
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 2

Teams

  1. Toro Rosso – 54
  2. Manor – 54
  3. Red Bull – 53
  4. Force India – 53
  5. Mercedes – 50
  6. Haas – 42
  7. Williams – 41
  8. McLaren – 38
  9. Sauber – 38
  10. Ferrari – 34
  11. Renault – 25

Jenson Button: 300 GP and the Magic Formula

This weekend sees Formula One’s most experienced current driver celebrate a big milestone in his career. Jenson Button – who recently announced he would be taking a sabbatical next year – will start his 300th Grand Prix this weekend in Malaysia. It was the race where he took his first F1 podium, way back in 2004. Here’s a look at the numbers which make up his magic formula.

16 full seasons

Jenson Button made his debut back in 2000, driving for Williams. Since then he has enjoyed relationships with Benetton, Renault, BAR, Honda, Brawn, and now McLaren. He is currently competing in his 17th season of Formula One – his 7th for McLaren, the longest he has spent driving for any one team.

15 wins

While the past few years have been barren in terms of winning in Formula One, JB has wracked up 15 wins over the years. His first was of course the memorable 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix in mixed conditions. JB’s most recent win came at the season ending 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, bookending his season having won the season opener in Australia that same year.

Winner at 12 tracks

JB’s 15 wins have come at 12 tracks, his most successful being Australia. He has won the Australian Grand Prix on three occasions – 2009, 2010 and 2012. He has also won in Malaysia, Bahrain, Spain, Monaco, Turkey, China, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Belgium, and Brazil.

50 podiums

There have also been a number of podium finishes for JB over his years competing in Formula One. His first podium was at the 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix and his most recent podium finish was the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. His most frequented podium spot is third – where he has stood 20 times – in relation to 15 times in first and 15 times in second.

Podiums at 16 races

JB has stood on the podium at 16 tracks over the course of his Formula One career. He has enjoyed more than one podium in Malaysia, the European Grand Prix, Canada, Germany, Italy, China, and Abu Dhabi. He has also stood on the podium in Bahrain, San Marino, Monaco, Japan, Belgium, Brazil, Turkey, Singapore and Australia. He has had three podiums – his most at any one race – in Germany, Italy and China.

8 pole positions

Most of JB’s victories have come from not starting on pole position, but he has qualified on top on eight occasions. Five of his pole positions have been converted into victories. His first pole position came at the 2004 San Marino Grand Prix while his most recent was the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix which he also won.

8 fastest laps

As well as pole positions, wins, and podiums, JB also has had eight fastest laps. His first was at the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix – a race he started from pole and also won – while his most recent was at the 2012 Indian Grand Prix.

Average 8th in championship

JB has finished an average 8th position in the championship over 16 full seasons. His best finish was 1st in 2009 while his lowest finish was 17th in 2001. He currently lies 15th in the 2016 championship with one more point than he had at the end of the season last year.

11 consecutive points finishes in one season

JB’s longest streak of points finishes in a season came in his championship winning year of 2009. He won six of the first seven races, finished third in one of them, and then went on to pick up points in the next four races too. His longest consecutive points finish run overall was 12 which happened between 2005 and 2006. Scoring points in the last ten races of 2005 – including two podiums – he then scored at the first two races of the 2006 season.

6 wins in one season

There were six wins in 2009 for JB when Brawn took over the Honda Racing team after the Japanese manufacturers pulled out of F1 at the end of 2008. JB won six of the first seven races of the season and that remains his record of most wins in a year.

80% classified finishes records

Despite having some difficult years in Formula One with cars not quite performing as they should, JB still has a 80% classified finishing record. Of the 299 races he has started to date he has been classified as a finisher in 240 of them. 13 of these have been retirements but with him having completed over 90% of the race distance.

66% points finishes

Of his 240 classified finishes, 160 of them – or 66% – have been in the points.

3rd most experienced driver of all time

JB lies in third in the all time list of both entries and starts. He has entered 302 races to date and started 299 of them. Rubens Barrichello is the most experienced F1 driver of all time with 326 entries to his name (322 starts) while Michael Schumacher has 308 entries (306 starts). With five races still to come after Malaysia – JB’s 303rd entry – he will end 2016 tied on entries with Schumacher.

1 World Championship

And saving the best ’til last, JB is a world champion. After years of ups and downs he finally won the championship in 2009 with Brawn GP. His best championship finish before that had been 3rd in 2004 and he went on to finish second in 2011.

So there we have it. 16 full seasons + 15 wins + winner at 12 tracks + 50 podiums + podiums at 16 races +8 pole positions + 8 fastest laps + average 8th in championship + 11 consecutive points finishes + 6 wins in one season + 80% classified finishes + 66% finishes in points + 3rd most experienced driver of all time +  1 world championship = 300 GP!

 

F1 2016: Malaysia GP Tyre Choices

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

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

F1 2016: Singapore GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:42.584
  2. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:43.115
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:43.288
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:43.328
  5. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:43.540
  6. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:44.197
  7. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:44.469
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:44.479
  9. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:44.553
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:44.582
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:44.740
  12. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:44.991
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:45.144
  14. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:45.593
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:45.723
  16. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:47.827
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:46.825
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:46.860
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:46.960
  20. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:47.667
  21. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:48.296
  22. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:49.116

Laps

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

Nico Rosberg in control at Italian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg has closed the gap at the top of the championship to just two points, following a win at the Italian Grand Prix.

It was his team-mate Lewis Hamilton who started from pole position but was slow away at the start, losing out to the Ferraris, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas. Rosberg took the lead and was untroubled over the course of the race, eventually crossing the line with a 15 second advantage over Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel finished in third place – where he started – ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Ricciardo, and Bottas. Max Verstappen finished seventh ahead of Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa, with Nico Hulkenberg rounding out the top ten and points finishers.

Everyone from Romain Grosjean in 11th down was lapped and there were 18 finishers from the 22 starters. Jenson Button enjoyed some battles throughout the race, having been forced wide at the start and dropping to the back of the pack. His fun included a pass on “cheeky monkey” team-mate Fernando Alonso who finished 14th. Esteban Gutierrez nearly stalled at the start but did get going eventually and finished in 15th place. Alonso put on a new set of tyres in the closing stages of the race and set the fastest lap on his way to 16th.

Carlos Sainz, Marcus Erisson, Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Ocon rounded out the finishers. Daniil Kvyat suffered another disappointment with another retirement along with Pascal Wehrlein. Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr both retired following an early accident with Nasr being apportioned the blame and a ten second penalty.

The Italian Grand Prix marked the end of the European season as the action now heads to Singapore.

Stoffel Vandoorne to partner Fernando Alonso at McLaren in 2017

After months of increased speculation, McLaren have confirmed their driver line-up for 2017.

The Woking team has announced an “innovative three-driver strategy for the 2017 and 2018 Formula 1 seasons” which will see current reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne promoted to a race seat alongside Fernando Alonso.

While Jenson Button – who has raced with McLaren since 2010 – has signed a new two year deal with the team, he will take a backseat in 2017.

“As a race driver for our team these past seven seasons, he’s been superb, both on and off the track,” Ron Dennis said of Button. “And, as we’re seeing this season, he remains superb – not only fast and fit but also experienced and expert. He’ll start his 298th Grand Prix tomorrow; as such, he’s the most experienced driver on the grid. Having extended his contract to include 2017 and 2018, he’ll continue to be a senior, influential and committed member of the team, and will remain centrally involved in the development of our cars. He’ll also be available to race for us if circumstances require it.”

As expected, Alonso will continue as a race driver into 2017 and will be partnered by Vandoorne. Vandoorne deputised for the Spaniard at this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix and scored McLaren’s first point of the season with an impressive drive to tenth. He has been waiting in the wings for a couple of years and won the GP2 championship in 2015. This year has seen him race in Super Formula.

For Button, he does not view the news as a retirement. “I’m delighted that I’ll be staying on as a key member of the McLaren-Honda team,” he revealed. “I’m massively excited about my new role [and] specifically I’m looking forward to becoming even more deeply involved in the team’s efforts to bring about the success we’ve all been striving to deliver.”

“I love McLaren-Honda – I firmly believe it’s made up of the best bunch of people I’ve ever worked with and I have no intention of ever driving for another Formula 1 team,” he continued. It had been suggested that he might be on his way to Williams – with whom he made his Formula One debut back in 2000 – to replace the retiring Felipe Massa. “To be clear, I’m very definitely not retiring. I’m contracted for both 2017 and 2018, I intend to work hard on car-development, and I’m sure I’ll get behind the wheel of the new car at some point.”

 

Button has enjoyed eight victories with McLaren to date along with 18 further podiums. His best finish in the championship with the team was 2nd in 2011. 201