2017: Australian GP Round-Up

Free Practice 1

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:24.220
  2. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.803 – +0.583
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.886 – +0.666
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.246 – +1.026
  5. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:25.372 – +1.152
  6. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:25.464 – +1.244
  7. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.142 – +1.922
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:26.168 – +1.948
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:26.183 – +1.963
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:26.276 – +2.056

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in the opening practice session of 2017, beating new team-mate Valtteri Bottas by half a second. Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull. Mercedes were the only team to use the Ultrasoft tyres.

Free Practice 2

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.620
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:24.167 – +0.547
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.176 – +0.556
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.525 – +0.905
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.650 – +1.030
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.013 – +1.393
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.084 – +1.464
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.436 – +1.816
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.478 – +1.858
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:25.493 – +1.873

Lewis Hamilton maintained his five tenths advantage but this time it was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in second. Valtteri Bottas ended the session in third. Jolyon Palmer brought out red flags by crashing at the final corner in the first half of the session. Marcus Ericsson and Max Verstappen also had off track excursions while Felipe Massa’s Williams stopped out on track.

Free Practice 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.380
  2. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.859 – +0.479
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.870 – +0.490
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.988 – +0.608
  5. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.063 – +1.683
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:25.092 – +1.712
  7. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.581 – +2.201
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.948 – +2.568
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:26.049 – +2.669
  10. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:26.138 – +2.758

Sebastian Vettel seized the advantage in the third and final practice session. The Ferrari driver broke the lap record, going four tenths faster than Valtteri Bottas. Antonio Giovinazzi was a last minute replacement at Sauber with Pascal Wehrlein withdrawing from the remainder of the weekend.

Qualifying

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.188
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:22.456
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:22.481
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.033
  5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:23.485
  6. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:24.074
  7. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:24.443
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.487
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:24.512
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – No Time Set

Lewis Hamilton secured the first pole position of the season with a lap-time nearly three tenths faster than Sebastian Vettel. Antonio Giovinazzi, Kevin Magnussen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Lance Stroll and Jolyon Palmer dropped out in Q1 – from 16th to 20th respectively. Sergio Perez narrowly missed out on a spot in Q3 out-qualifying former team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon and Marcus Ericsson. There was disappointment for local hero Daniel Ricciardo in Q3 who crashed out leading to a subsequent five place grid penalty for a new gearbox. Hamilton was fastest having already secured provisional pole. Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, Carlos Sainz, and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten.

The Race

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Valtteri Bottas
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Max Verstappen
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Sergio Perez
  8. Carlos Sainz
  9. Daniil Kvyat
  10. Esteban Ocon
  11. Nico Hulkenberg
  12. Antonio Giovinazzi
  13. Stoffel Vandoorne

Sebastian Vettel took his first victory since 2015, beating pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ new recruit Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton kept in front when the lights went out but was unable to drop Vettel. It was the Ferrari driver who took the lead when he stayed out longer before making his first pit stop. Eventually Vettel’s advantage was nine seconds as he crossed the line to win with Mercedes unable to fight back. Hamilton finished second ahead of Bottas who had a late charge. Kimi Raikkonen was a distant fourth for Ferrari with Max Verstappen fifth and Felipe Massa sixth. Massa was the last of the unlapped runners with Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, and Daniil Kvyat seventh, eighth and ninth respectively. Esteban Ocon was the tenth and final points scorer.

Nico Hulkenberg finished 11th ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi and Stoffel Vandoorne who was the last finisher. Fernando Alonso retired with suspension issues on the 50th lap having run in a points paying position for a lot of the race in tenth. Kevin Magnussen retired having had an eventful race which started with a collision with Marcus Ericsson. Lance Stroll’s F1 debut came to a premature end after 40 laps with Daniel Ricciardo also retiring having started the race from the pit-lane a couple of laps down. Marcus Ericsson, Jolyon Palmer, and Romain Grosjean also retired.

2017: Barcelona Pre-Season Test (2) Laps & Times

Times

Day 1

  1. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:19.726
  2. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:19.900 – +0.174
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.906 – +0.180
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.456 – +0.730
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:20.924 – +1.198
  6. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:21.347 – +1.621
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:21.589 – +1.863
  8. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:21.676 – +1.950
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:21.743 – +2.017
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.537 – +2.811
  11. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:23.336 – +3.610
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:23.630 – +3.904
  13. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:24.790 – +5.065

Day 2

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.310
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:19.420 – +0.110
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.406 – +1.096
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:20.432 – +1.122
  5. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:20.579 – +1.269
  6. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.702 – +1.392
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:21.213 – +1.902
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:21.297 – +1.987
  9. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:21.872 – +2.562
  10. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:21.887 – +2.577
  11. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:23.000 – +3.690
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:23.041 – +3.731
  13. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:23.384 – +4.074
  14. Jolyon Palmer -Renault –  1:24.774 – +5.464

Day 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.024
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:19.352 – +0.328
  3. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:20.161 – +1.137
  4. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:20.416 – +1.392
  5. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:20.504 – +1.480
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:20.824 – +1.800
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:21.347 – +2.324
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:21.819 – +2.795
  9. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:22.347 – +3.223
  10. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:22.418 – +3.394
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:23.330 – +4.306
  12. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:24.443 – +5.419
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:24.863 – +5.839

Day 4

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:18.634
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:19.438 – +0.804
  3. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:19.837 – +1.203
  4. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.845 – +1.211
  5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:19.850 – +1.216
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:19.885 – +1.251
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:20.116 – +1.482
  8. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:20.205 – +1.571
  9. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:20.335 – +1.701
  10. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:21.110 – +2.476
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:21.389 – +2.755
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.670 – +3.036
  13. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:23.527 – +4.893

Best lap by driver

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:18.634 (Day 4)
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.024 (Day 3)
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19:310 (Day 2)
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:19.352 (Day 3)
  5. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:19.420 (Day 2)
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:19.438 (Day 4)
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:19.837 (Day 4)
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:19.885 (Day 4)
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:19.900 (Day 1)
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:20.116 (Day 4)
  11. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:20.161 (Day 3)
  12. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:20.205 (Day 4)
  13. Lance Stroll – WIlliams – 1:20.335 (Day 4)
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:20.416 (Day 3)
  15. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:20.504 (Day 3)
  16. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:21.110 (Day 4)
  17. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:21.347 (Day 3)
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:21.389 (Day 4)
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.670 (Day 4)
  20. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 1:22.347 (Day 3)

Best lap by team

  1. Ferrari – 1:18.634 (Day 4)
  2. Mercedes – 1:19:310 (Day 2)
  3. Williams – 1:19.420 (Day 2)
  4. Red Bull – 1:19.438 (Day 4)
  5. Toro Rosso – 1:19.837 (Day 4)
  6. Renault – 1:19.885 (Day 4)
  7. Force India – 1:20.116 (Day 4)
  8. Haas – 1:20.504 (Day 3)
  9. McLaren – 1:21.347 (Day 3)
  10. Sauber – 1:21.670 (Day 4)

Laps

Day 1

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 168
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 168
  3. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 142
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 89
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 86
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 83
  7. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 81
  8. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 80
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 58
  10. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 53
  11. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 49
  12. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 47
  13. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 15

Total: 1119

Day 2

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 102
  2. Sergio Perez – Force India – 100
  3. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 96
  4. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 92
  5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 79
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 70
  7. Felipe Massa – Williams – 63
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 61
  9. Lance Stroll – Williams – 59
  10. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 59
  11. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 53
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 47
  13. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 46
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renualt – 29

Total: 956

Day 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 156
  2. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 137
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 128
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 119
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 95
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 94
  7. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 88
  8. Lance Stroll – Williams – 85
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 80
  10. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 53
  11. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 52
  12. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 48
  13. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 44

Total: 1179

Day 4

  1. Lance Stroll – Williams – 132
  2. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 132
  3. Sergio Perez – Force India – 128
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 111
  5. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 76
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 71
  7. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 59
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 54
  9. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 53
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 45
  11. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 43
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 43
  13. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 42

Total: 989

Most laps by driver

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 324
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 311
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 304
  4. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 279
  5. Lance Stroll – Williams – 276
  6. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 247
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 234
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 228
  9. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 224
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 217
  11. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 200
  12. Pascal Wehrlein – Sauber – 192
  13. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 177
  14. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 173
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 172
  16. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 164
  17. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 164
  18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 140
  19. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 128
  20. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 89

Most laps by team

  1. Williams – 587
  2. Mercedes – 538
  3. Force India – 507
  4. Ferrari – 488
  5. Sauber – 439
  6. Toro Rosso – 301
  7. Red Bull – 390
  8. Haas – 372
  9. Renault – 304
  10. McLaren – 217

Stat Round-Up

  • Fastest lap: 1:18.634 (Kimi Raikkonen Day 4)
  • Most laps in a day: 168 (Sebastian Vettel Day 1, Felipe Massa Day 1)
  • Fewest laps in a day: 15 (Jolyon Palmer Day 1)
  • Most days in car: 4 (Valtteri Bottas, Marcus Ericsson, Lewis Hamilton, Pascal Wehrlein, Jolyon Palmer)
  • Fewest days in car: 2 (Sebastian Vettel, Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat, Max Verstappen, Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Fernando Alonso)
  • Most laps in a day overall: 1179 (Day 3)
  • Fewest laps in a day overall: 956 (Day 2)
  • Laps completed overall: 4243

 

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