Ferrari fastest at first in-season test

The first in-season test of the season has taken place at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Ten teams were in action with a mixture of race drivers and test drivers behind the wheel. Sauber opted to sit the test out. Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the two day test on the first day.

The order of the day on day one was mainly shorter, qualifying runs for teams. Three drivers completed over 100 laps – including pacesetter Vettel – while Pierre Gasly was the highest placed test driver in terms of times. Williams test driver Alex Lynn had an unusual rear wing fitted as Williams focused on aero work in preparation for 2017.

On day two Pascal Wehrlein completed testing work for Mercedes having driven his Manor on the first day. Red Bull trialled an updated engine while McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne spent the day testing new parts on the McLaren. Daniil Kvyat was pleased to get some significant running under his belt as he got some “essential” laps to reacclimatise with the Toro Rosso following his seat swap. Renault were another team with an updated engine while Felipe Massa continued Williams’ aero work.

Day 1

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.220
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:23.337 – +0.117
  3. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:23.753 – +0.533
  4. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:23.882 – +0.662
  5. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:24.297 – +1.077
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.307 – +1.087
  7. Pierre Gasly – Toro Rosso – 1:24.821 – +1.601
  8. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:25.467 – +2.247
  9. Alex Lynn – Williams – 1:26.071 – +2.851
  10. Esteban Ocon – Renault – 1:26.530 – +3.310

 

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 119
  2. Esteban Ocon – Renault – 105
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 103
  4. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 99
  5. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 96
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 89
  7. Jenson Button – McLaren – 86
  8. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 86
  9. Alex Lynn – Williams – 86
  10. Pierre Gasly – Toro Rosso – 78

Day 2

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:23.267
  2. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:24.006 – +0.739
  3. Pascal Wehrlein – Mercedes – 1:24.145 – +0.878
  4. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:24.592 – +1.325
  5. Antonio Fuoco – Ferrari – 1:24.720 – +1.453
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:24.737 – +1.470
  7. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:25.016 – +1.749
  8. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:25.133 – +1.866
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:27.167 – +3.900
  10. Jordan King – Manor – 1:27.615 – +4.348

 

  1. Pascal Wehrlein – Mercedes – 133
  2. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 122
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 118
  4. Antonio Fuoco – Ferrari – 118
  5. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 116
  6. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 108
  7. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 105
  8. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 103
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 94
  10. Jordan King – Manor – 91

F1 2016: Monaco Grand Prix Tyre Choices

Tyre choices for the Monaco Grand Prix are as follows:

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

Following the hard compound debuting for the year at the Spanish Grand Prix, another tyre compound gets its debut at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Ultrasoft tyre is an all new compound from Pirelli and has been favoured heavily by most teams on the grid. While the Ultrasoft tyre is the compound with the most sets for all teams, the split between the other compounds vary.

Mercedes, Red Bull and Kevin Magnussen have all opted for 10 sets of Ultrasofts, two Supersoft sets and just one set of the Soft tyre. Ferrari have gone for two, two, nine for Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft. Jolyon Palmer and the Haas drivers have chosen just one set of Softs but three Supersofts and nine Ultrasofts. Both Williams drivers have selected four sets of the Supersofts with two Softs and seven Ultrasofts.

Force India and Toro Rosso have gone three, three, seven in terms of Softs, Supersofts and Ultrasofts, leaving just McLaren, Manor and Sauber with different strategies.

At McLaren their drivers have chosen to bring one set of Soft, five of the Supersoft and seven sets of Ultrasoft. Sauber also have one set of softs for each driver but four Supersoft and eight Ultrasoft.

The Manor team have split their choices between Supersoft and Ultrasoft a bit more evenly. Each driver will have two sets of Softs available, five Supersoft and six Ultrasoft.

Max Verstappen makes history with first Grand Prix victory

Max Verstappen became the youngest ever winner in Formula One history when he crossed the line first at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The 18 year old – who only swapped to Red Bull Racing from Toro Rosso in the lead up to Spain – held off Kimi Raikkonen to secure his first victory in the sport. Raikkonen, who has also raced against Max’s dad Jos Verstappen, is the oldest driver on the grid and led Ferrari’s charge on the day.

Sebastian Vettel joined Verstappen and Raikkonen on the podium on a day which saw Ferrari take over 30 points over Mercedes championship lead. The Mercedes duo, who had started first and second, made contact at the fourth corner resulting in them both retiring from the race. It was deemed to be a racing incident by the stewards with blame being apportioned to both drivers, rather than one in particular.

This left the door open for a fight for the lead which was contested by four drivers throughout the race – both Red Bull drivers and both Ferrari drivers. There was a mix in strategies as Verstappen and Raikkonen made a two stop work and held on on older tyres at the end. Vettel and Ricciardo on the other hand went for three stops which left them unable to close the gap to their team-mates.

Thankfully for Ricciardo they had built up enough of a gap to Valtteri Bottas in fifth, meaning he was able to pit following a puncture in the closing stages of the race.

On a day when his former team-mate was vindicating the early team switch, Carlos Sainz also impressed with a sixth place finish. He had run third in the opening stages of the race as well entertaining his fans at his home race. Sergio Perez picked up more points for Force India ahead of Felipe Massa and Jenson Button. Daniil Kvyat set the fastest lap of the race on his way to tenth on his first race back at Toro Rosso.

Outside the top ten were Esteban Gutierrez and Jolyon Palmer with Felipe Nasr 14th. Kevin Magnussen was penalised ten seconds after forcing his team-mate off the track on the final lap. Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto were the final two classified finishers.

Romain Grosjean was just one of five retirements, while a software issue brought Fernando Alonso’s home race to a disappointing end. Nico Hulkenberg pulled off at the side of the track with a smoking car. The Mercedes duo were the first two retirements and their incident brought out an early safety car.

F1 2016: Spanish GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:23.922
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.176 – +0.254s
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:24.641 – +0.719s
  4. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:25.017 – +1.095s
  5. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.131 – +1.209s
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:25.194 – +1.272s
  7. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:25.342 – +1.420s
  8. Max Verstappen – Red Bull –  1:25.375 – +1.453s
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:25.437 – +1.515s
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:25.453 – +1.531s
  11. Valterri Bottas – Williams – 1:25.708 – +1.786s
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:25.893 – +1.971s
  13. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.899 – +1.977s
  14. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:26.244 – +2.322s
  15. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:26.375  – +2.453s
  16. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.491 – +2.569s
  17. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:26.770 – +2.848s
  18. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:26.960 – +3.038s
  19. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:27.252 – +3.330s
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:27.812 – +3.890s
  21. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:28.205 – +4.283
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:28.501 – +4.579s

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:23.922
  2. Ferrari – 1:24.176 – +0.254s
  3. Toro Rosso – 1:25.131 – +1.209s
  4. Red Bull – 1:25.194 – +1.272s
  5. McLaren – 1:25.342 – +1.420s
  6. Force India – 1:25.437 – +1.515s
  7. Williams – 1:25.708 – +1.786s
  8. Haas – 1:25.899 – +1.977s
  9. Renault – 1:26.244 – +2.322s
  10. Manor – 1:26.960 -+3.038s
  11. Sauber – 1:27.812 – +3.890s

Laps

Drivers

  1. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 44
  2. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 42
  3. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 40
  4. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 40
  5. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 40
  6. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 39
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 39
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 37
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 36
  10. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 35
  11. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 35
  12. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 35
  13. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 33
  14. Sergio Perez – Force India – 32
  15. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 31
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 31
  17. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 31
  18. Valterri Bottas – Williams – 30
  19. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 27
  20. Jenson Button – McLaren – 20
  21. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 16
  22. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 9

Teams

  1. Toro Rosso – 83
  2. Sauber – 82
  3. Manor – 79
  4. Red Bull – 68
  5. Force India – 67
  6. Williams – 66
  7. Ferrari – 66
  8. Mercedes – 62
  9. McLaren – 51
  10. Renault – 56
  11. Haas – 42

F1 2016: Spanish GP – FP1 Times & Laps

Free Practice 1

Times

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.951
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.089 – +0.138s
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:24.454 – +0.503s
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:24.611 – +0.660s
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:25.416 – +1.465s
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.585 – +1.634s
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:25.672 – +1.721s
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:26.078 – +2.127s
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.186 – +2.235s
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:26.243 – +2.292s
  11. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:26.576 – +2.625s
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:26.583 – +2.632s
  13. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:26.938 – +2.987s
  14. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:27.064 – +3.113s
  15. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:27.253 – +3.302s
  16. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:27.258 – +3.307s
  17. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:27.283 – +3.332s
  18. Marcus Ericcson – Sauber – 1:27.392 – +3.441s
  19. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:27.610 – +3.659s
  20. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:28.084 – +4.133s
  21. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:29.052 – +5.101s
  22. Esteban Ocon – Renault – No Time Set

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:23.951
  2. Mercedes – 1:24.454 – +0.503s
  3. Red Bull – 1:25.416 – +1.465s
  4. Williams – 1:25.672 – +1.721s
  5. Toro Rosso – 1:26.078 – +2.127s
  6. McLaren – 1:26.243 – +2.292s
  7. Renault – 1:26.576 – +2.625s
  8. Force India – 1:26.938  – +2.987s
  9. Sauber – 1:27.253 – +3.302s
  10. Haas – 1:27.258 – +3.307s
  11. Manor – 1:28.084 – +4.133s

Laps

Drivers

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 36
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 34
  3. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 34
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 33
  5. Felipe Massa – Williams – 32
  6. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 30
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 29
  8. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 29
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 27
  10. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 27
  11. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull  – 25
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 24
  13. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 22
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 21
  15. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 19
  16. Jenson Button – McLaren – 19
  17. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 18
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 18
  19. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 18
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 17
  21. Sergio Perez – Force India – 9
  22. Esteban Ocon – Renault – 6

Teams

  1. Williams – 68
  2. Mercedes – 67
  3. Manor – 63
  4. Red Bull – 54
  5. Sauber – 51
  6. Ferrari – 40
  7. Toro Rosso – 40
  8. McLaren – 37
  9. Renault – 36
  10. Force India – 36
  11. Haas – 35

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.