F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:40.775
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:40.912 – +0.137
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:40.999 – +0.224
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:41.065 – +0.290
  5. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:41.168 – +0.393
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:41.831 – +1.056
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:41.885 – +1.110
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:42.067 – +1.292
  9. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:42.076 – +1.301
  10. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:42.354 – +1.579
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:42.585 – +1.810
  12. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:42.616 – +1.841
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:42.664 – +1.889
  14. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:42.683 – +1.908
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:42.805 – +2.030
  16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:43.057 – +2.282
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:43.057 – +2.370
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:43.301 – +2.526
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:43.417 – +2.642
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:43.733 – +2.958
  21. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:44.105 – +3.330
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:44.238 – +3.463

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:40.775
  2. Red Bull – 1:40.912 – +0.137
  3. Mercedes – 1:41.065 – +0.290
  4. Force India – 1:41.885 – +1.110
  5. Williams – 1:42.076 – +1.301
  6. Haas – 1:42.354 – +1.579
  7. McLaren – 1:42.585 – +1.810
  8. Renault – 1:42.616 – +1.841
  9. Manor – 1:43.057 – +2.370
  10. Toro Rosso – 1:43.301 – +2.526
  11. Sauber – 1:43.417 – +2.642

Laps

Drivers

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

Teams

  1. Sauber – 40
  2. Red Bull – 39
  3. Williams – 37
  4. Renault – 34
  5. Mercedes – 32
  6. Haas – 31
  7. Force India – 30
  8. Manor – 30
  9. Ferrari – 28
  10. McLaren – 27
  11. Toro Rosso – 21

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.

F1 2016: Mexican GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Drivers

Times

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.790
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:19.794 – +0.004
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:20.225 – +0.435
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.259 – +0.469
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:20.448 – +0.658
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:20.574 – +0.784
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:20.619 – +0.829
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:20.629 – +0.839
  9. Carlos Sainz  – Toro Rosso – 1:20.974 – +1.184
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:21.003 – +1.213
  11. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:21.193 – +1.403
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:21.198 – +1.408
  13. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:21.326 – +1.536
  14. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:21.442 – +1.652
  15. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:21.579 – +1.789
  16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.785 – +1.995
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:21.980 – +2.190
  18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.997 – +2.207
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:22.037 – +2.247
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.105 – +2.315
  21. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:22.298 – +2.508
  22. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:22.408 – +2.618

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:19.790
  2. Mercedes – 1:19.794 – +0.004
  3. Red Bull – 1:20.448 – +0.658
  4. Force India – 1:20.574 – +0.784
  5. Williams – 1:20.629 – +0.839
  6. Toro Rosso – 1:20.974 – +1.184
  7. McLaren – 1:21.003 – +1.213
  8. Renault – 1:21.442 – +1.652
  9. Manor – 1:21.980 – +2.190
  10. Sauber – 1:21.997 – +2.207
  11. Haas – 1:22.105 – +2.315

Laps

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 47
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 46
  3. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 46
  4. Felipe Massa – Williams – 45
  5. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 44
  6. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 44
  7. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 43
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 43
  9. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 43
  10. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 42
  11. Pascal Werhlein – Manor – 42
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 42
  13. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 41
  14. Sergio Perez – Force India – 31
  15. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 39
  16. Jenson Button – McLaren – 39
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 39
  18. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 37
  19. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 37
  20. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 33
  21. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 25
  22. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 14

Teams

  1. Williams – 86
  2. Manor – 86
  3. Red Bull – 85
  4. Sauber – 85
  5. Ferrari – 84
  6. Toro Rosso – 84
  7. Mercedes – 83
  8. Renault – 83
  9. Force India – 74
  10. McLaren – 64
  11. Haas – 47

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: Malaysia GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:32.850
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:33.264
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:33.420
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:33.467
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:33.584
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:33.632
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:34.319
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:34.489
  9. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:34.518
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:34.671
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:34.577
  12. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:35.001
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:35.097
  14. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:35.277
  15. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:35.369
  16. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:35.374
  17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:35.816
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:35.949
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:35.999
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:36.451
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:36.587
  22. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:37.155

Laps

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

F1 2016: Malaysia GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:34.944
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:35.177 – +0.233
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:35.605 – +0.661
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:35.842 – +0.898
  5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:36.037 – +1.093
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India- 1:36.284 – +1.340
  7. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:36.296 – +1.352
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:36.337 – +1.393
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:36.390 – +1.446
  10. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:36.715 – +1.771
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:36.836 – +1.892
  12. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:36.940 – +1.996
  13. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:37.016 – +2.072
  14. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:37.048 – +2.104
  15. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:37.110 – +2.166
  16. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:37.297 – +2.353
  17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:37.449 – +2.505
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:37.547 – +2.603
  19. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:37.664 – +2.720
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:37.789 – +2.845
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:37.878 – +2.934
  22. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:37.990 – +3.046

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:34.944
  2. Ferrari – 1:35.605 – +0.661
  3. Red Bull – 1:36.037 – +1.093
  4. Force India – 1:36.284 – +1.340
  5. McLaren – 1:36.296 – +1.352
  6. Toro Rosso – 1:36.836 – +1.892
  7. Renault – 1:36.940 – +1.996
  8. Williams – 1:37.016 – +2.072
  9. Haas – 1:37.048 – +2.104
  10. Sauber – 1:37.449 – +2.505
  11. Manor – 1:37.878 – +2.934

Laps

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 37
  2. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 37
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 37
  4. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes- 36
  5. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 36
  6. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 36
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 35
  8. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 34
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 33
  10. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 31
  11. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 30
  12. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 30
  13. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 29
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 29
  15. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 28
  16. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 28
  17. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 27
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 26
  19. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 25
  20. Jenson Button – McLaren – 22
  21. Felipe Massa – Williams – 19
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 19

Laps

  1. Mercedes – 71
  2. Force India – 70
  3. Manor – 70
  4. Ferrari – 68
  5. Red Bull – 59
  6. Toro Rosso – 59
  7. Williams – 56
  8. Renault – 55
  9. Sauber – 54
  10. Haas – 53
  11. McLaren – 49

Nico Rosberg celebrates 200th Grand Prix with victory in Singapore

Nico Rosberg celebrated his 200th Grand Prix in style with a win at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver secured pole position on Saturday and held off a late charge from Daniel Ricciardo to win the race. The victory – along with team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s third place – means that he now leads the championship once again, the lead up to nine points.

At the start of the race Rosberg maintained the lead, with fellow front row starter Ricciardo staying in second and Hamilton third. Ricciardo’s team-mate Max Verstappen had a slow start which triggered sequence of events which led to the safety car being deployed.

Carlos Sainz went to pass Verstappen off the line and as the pair got squeezed together, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg got caught up and spun across the track and into the pit-wall. Amazingly he did not collect any other drivers but the safety car was deployed to allow marshals to pick up debris over the track.

When racing resumed Rosberg pulled away at the front but both Mercedes had to deal with brake temperature issues throughout the race. Staying out on older tyres, Rosberg also had to deal with a charging Ricciardo on fresher tyres in the closing stages of the race. Ricciardo eventually ran out of laps – Rosberg’s advantage just four tenths of a second as they crossed the line at the end.

Hamilton was eight seconds further back in third, with Kimi Raikkonen fourth and Sebastian Vettel coming from the back to finish in fifth place. Verstappen was sixth ahead of Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen.

Not for the first time this year Esteban Gutierrez missed out on points in 11th ahead of Felipe Massa, Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz and Jolyon Palmer. Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson and Esteban Ocon were the last of the finishers.

Jenson Button and Valtteri Bottas both picked up damage on the first lap – Bottas a rear puncture and Button significant front wing damage. Both cars retired later on in the race with mechanical issues, joining Hulkenberg in the list of retirees. Romain Grosjean compounded a difficult weekend by failing to start the race due to brake issues which came to light on the way to the grid.