First career Grand Chelem for Nico Rosberg in Russia

Nico Rosberg secured his first career Grand Chelem in Russia as he extended his lead in the World Championship.

Having secured pole position he went on to lead lights to flag while also setting the fastest lap of the race. He was joined on the podium by team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who had started in tenth due to Power Unit problems, and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

There was drama when the lights went out causing a few retirements. Rio Haryanto, Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastian Vettel were the three drivers to fail to finish the first lap. Vettel’s retirement came after Daniil Kvyat made contact with him twice leading to an expletive ridden radio message from the four time world champion. The pair had already come to blows in China after an incident with Kvyat caused Vettel to make contact with his team-mate Raikkonen.

Kvyat received a 10 second stop/go penalty for his role in the first lap accident. Other drivers who received penalties were Carlos Sainz for driving Jolyon Palmer off the track and Felipe Nasr for not obeying race director’s instructions.

Behind the top three on the podium Valtteri Bottas finished in fourth ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa, who made a late stop for the super soft compound tyre. Fernando Alonso was a season best sixth – getting a welcome points finish for McLaren. Kevin Magnussen was another driver getting his first points of the season as he finished ahead of Romain Grosjean. On his 100th Grand Prix weekend Sergio Perez finished in ninth place getting his first two points of the year. Jenson Button was tenth for McLaren meaning they took their first double points finish of the season.

Outside the top ten was Daniel Ricciardo who got caught up in the accident between Vettel and Kvyat at the start. Sainz’s ten second penalty dropped him to 12th, with Palmer 13th, Marcus Ericsson 14th and Kvyat 15th. Nasr, Esteban Gutierrez and Pascal Wehrlein rounded out the race finishers. Max Verstappen was the fourth retirement.

Rosberg now leads the championship by 43 points from Hamilton with Raikkonen now third.

F1 2016: Russian Grand Prix Preview

Nico Rosberg is currently in control of the 2016 a Formula One World Championship. With three wins from three he currently has a 36 point lead over team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Following the Chinese Grand Prix Formula One has travelled to Russia for the third running of the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom. Both of the previous races here have been won by Hamilton but can he get his season back on track with a third victory this weekend?

Circuit: Sochi Autodrom
Number of Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.848km
Number of Corners: 18
Lap Record: 1:40.071 Sebastian Vettel (2015)
Previous Russian Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 1
Most Successful Team: Mercedes (2 wins)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Medium, Soft and Super Soft

The Sochi Autodrom features a mixture of long straights and technical corners. The track is quite wide and features low kerbs, allowing drivers to attack into corners. With a lot of the lap spent at full throttle it is a race with high fuel consumption and is also tough on brakes. It features the longest run down to Turn 1, allowing plenty of opportunity for overtaking especially on the first few laps.

Rosberg comes to Russia on the back of a six race winning streak and his confidence will no doubt he soaring. On the other side of the garage Hamilton suffered disappointment in China when he had to start from the back following a gearbox change and engine problems. He fought back to finish seventh – taking some crucial points. Ferrari – who have looked closest to challenging Mercedes so far – had more woes in China when their drivers collided on the first lap. Both cars finished the race, with Sebastian Vettel in third, but the team will have to get on top of the issues that have hampered them so far. These issues include wrong strategy calls.

Elsewhere local boy Daniil Kvyat comes to his home race off the back of a podium finish. Red Bull have looked strong in the opening three races of the season, compounded by a third and fourth last time out. For both Force India drivers it is 100th race entry in Formula One. Sauber, Manor and Renault are still searching for their first points of the year with McLaren hoping to improve on their one point so far courtesy of Stoffel Vandoorne.

 

F1 2016: Russian Grand Prix Tyre Choices

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

DRIVER Medium Soft Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton 1 4 8
Nico Rosberg 1 4 8
Sebastian Vettel 1 6 6
Kimi Raikkonen 1 6 6
Valtteri Bottas 1 3 9
Felipe Massa 1 3 9
Daniel Ricciardo 1 2 10
Daniil Kvyat 1 2 10
Kevin Magnussen 1 5 7
Jolyon Palmer 1 5 7
Nico Hulkenberg 1 4 8
Sergio Perez 1 4 8
Max Verstappen 1 4 8
Carlos Sainz 1 4 8
Fernando Alonso 1 5 7
Jenson Button 1 5 7
Marcus Ericsson 1 5 7
Felipe Nasr 1 5 7
Pascal Wehrlein 2 5 6
Rio Haryanto 2 5 6
Romain Grosjean 1 2 10
Esteban Gutierrez 1 2 10

Once again Pirelli have brought the Medium, Soft and Supersoft tyres. For the first time this season there are no variations on tyre choices between team-mates, but there are big differences between teams.

While the Medium tyre has been favoured at other tracks it is largely the Super Soft this weekend. All teams, bar Manor, have selected just one set of the Medium compound. Manor has opted for two sets per driver.

Mercedes has chosen four sets of Softs with eight of the Super Soft, while Ferrari has split its selection evenly between the two compounds. Red Bull has gone all out with the Super Softs – choosing ten sets to just two Softs. Williams has gone for an in-between strategy to Mercedes and Red Bull.

 

F1 2016: Chinese Grand Prix – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:57.351
  2. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:58.061 – +0.710
  3. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:58.689 – +1.338
  4. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:58.800 – +1.449
  5. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:59.526 – +2.175
  6. Jolyon  Palmer – Renault – 1:59.677 – +2.326
  7. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:59.761 – +2.410
  8. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:59.964 – +2.613
  9. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 2:00.150 – +2.799
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 2:00.158 – +2.807
  11. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 2:00.197  – +2.846
  12. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 2:00.812 – +3.461
  13. Felipe Massa – Williams – 2:02.438 – +5.087
  14. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 2:02.732 – +5.381
  15. Jenson Button – McLaren – No Time Set
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – No Time Set
  17. Romain Grosjean – Haas – No Time Set
  18. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – No Time Set
  19. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – No Time Set
  20. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – No Time Set
  21. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – No Time Set
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – No Time Set

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:57.351
  2. Williams – 1:58.061 – +0.710
  3. Force India – 1:58.689 – +1.338
  4. Toro Rosso – 1:58.800 – +1.449
  5. Haas – 1:59.526 – +2.175
  6. Renault – 1:59.677 – +2.326
  7. Manor – 1:59.964 – +2.613
  8. Sauber – 2:00.197 – +2.846
  9. McLaren – No Time Set
  10. Red Bull – No Time Set
  11. Mercedes – No Time Set

Laps

Drivers

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

Teams

  1. Renault – 16
  2. Toro Rosso – 15
  3. Manor – 13
  4. Williams – 11
  5. Haas – 11
  6. Sauber – 9
  7. Ferrari – 8
  8. Force India – 8
  9. Red Bull – 7
  10. McLaren – 6
  11. Mercedes – 4

F1 2016: Chinese Grand Prix – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:36.896
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:37.005 -+0.109
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:37.133 – +0.237
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:37.329 – +0.433
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:38.143 – +1.247
  6. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:38.268 – +1.372
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:38.527 – +1.631
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:38.542 – +1.646
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:38.569 – +1.673
  10. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:38.723 – +1.827
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:38.728 – +1.832
  12. Jenson  Button – McLaren – 1:38.828 – +1.932
  13. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:39.178 – +2.282
  14. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:39.214 – +2.318
  15. Jolyon  Palmer – Renault – 1:39.774 – +2.878
  16. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:39.890 – +2.994
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:39.941 – +3.045
  18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:39.979 – +3.083
  19. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:40.550 – +3.654
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:41.066 – +4.170
  21. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:42.954 – +0.658
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – No Time Set

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:36.896
  2. Mercedes – 1:37.133 – +0.237
  3. Red Bull – 1:38.143 – +1.247
  4. Toro Rosso – 1:38.268 – +1.372
  5. Force India – 1:38.527 – +1.631
  6. Williams – 1:38.723 – +1.827
  7. McLaren – 1:38.728 – +1.832
  8. Renault – 1:39.774 – +2.878
  9. Haas – 1:39.890 – +2.994
  10. Manor – 1:39.941 – +3.045
  11. Sauber – 1:39.979 – +3.083

Laps

Drivers

  1. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 37
  2. Marcus Ericcson – Sauber – 36
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 35
  4. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 34
  5. Felipe Massa – Williams – 34
  6. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 33
  7. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 33
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 33
  9. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 33
  10. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 32
  11. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 32
  12. Felipe Nasr –  Sauber – 32
  13. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 31
  14. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 31
  15. Sergio Perez – Force India – 31
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 31
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 31
  18. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 28
  19. Jenson Button – McLaren – 28
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 22
  21. Esteban Guttierez – Haas – 4
  22. Kevin Magnussen – 0

Teams

  1. Manor – 70
  2. Sauber – 68
  3. Ferrari – 68
  4. Williams – 68
  5. Mercedes – 66
  6. Red Bull – 62
  7. Force India – 62
  8. Toro Rosso – 60
  9. McLaren – 59
  10. Renault – 32
  11. Haas – 26

F1 2016: Chinese Grand Prix Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the Chinese Grand Prix have been revealed.

DRIVER Medium Soft Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton 4 4 5
Nico Rosberg 3 5 5
Sebastian Vettel 3 4 6
Kimi Raikkonen 3 4 6
Valtteri Bottas 2 4 7
Felipe Massa 1 5 7
Daniel Ricciardo 2 5 6
Daniil Kvyat 2 5 6
Kevin Magnussen 2 5 6
Jolyon Palmer 3 4 6
Nico Hulkenberg 2 5 6
Sergio Perez 2 5 6
Max Verstappen 3 5 5
Carlos Sainz 2 6 5
Fernando Alonso 2 4 7
Jenson Button 2 4 7
Marcus Ericsson 5 4 4
Felipe Nasr 5 4 4
Pascal Wehrlein 4 5 4
Rio Haryanto 4 5 4
Romain Grosjean 1 5 7
Esteban Gutierrez 2 5 7

The new three compound rule has proven to be popular so far, with teams able to deploy a wider variety of strategies through the race. Once again Mercedes and Ferrari have varied in their choices, with the Ferrari pair opting for more sets of the Supersoft compound. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have also made different decisions wit Hamilton choosing one extra set of the Medium compound.

Elsewhere the Williams, Renault, Toro Rosso, and Haas team-mates have decided to differ from each other. The remaining teams – Red Bull, McLaren, Manor, Force India and Sauber – have all seen their drivers pick the same as their team-mates.

F1 2016: Bahrain Grand Prix – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:31.683
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:31.723 – +0.040
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:32.104 – +0.421
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:32.160 – +0.477
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:32.675 – +0.992
  6. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:33.082 – +1.399
  7. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:33.113 – +1.430
  8. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:33.337 – +1.654
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:33.363 – +1.680
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:33.519 – +1.836
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:33.569 – +1.886
  12. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:33.617 – +1.934
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:33.704 – +2.021
  14. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:33.744 – +2.061
  15. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:33.778 – +2.095
  16. Catlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:34.003 – +2.320
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:34.013 – +2.330
  18. Nico Hulkenberg – Force  India – 1:34.128 – +2.445
  19. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:34.281 – +2.598
  20. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:34.424 – +2.741
  21. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:35.546 – +3.863
  22. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:35.724 – +4.041

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:31.683
  2. Mercedes – 1:32.104 – +0.421
  3. Williams – 1:32.675 – +0.992
  4. Haas – 1:33.082 – +1.399
  5. Red  Bull – 1:33.113 – +1.430
  6. Sauber – 1:33.569 – +1.886
  7. Renault – 1:33.617 – +1.934
  8. McLaren – 1:33.704 – +2.021
  9. Toro Rosso – 1:33.778 – +2.095
  10. Force  India – 1:34.128 – +2.445
  11. Manor – 1:35.546 – +3.863

Laps

Drivers

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

Teams

  1. Toro Rosso – 40
  2. Williams – 36
  3. Ferrari – 35
  4. Mercedes – 32
  5. Sauber – 31
  6. Force India – 31
  7. Manor – 31
  8. Red Bull – 30
  9.  Haas – 28
  10. McLaren – 23
  11. Renault – 18