F1 2016: Belgian GP – Qualifying Times & Laps



  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:46.744
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:46.893
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:46.910
  4. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:47.108
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:47.216
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:47.407
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:47.543
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:47.612
  9. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:48.114
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:48.263
  11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:48.316
  12. Kevin Magnussen – Renault  – 1:48.485
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:48.598
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:48.888
  15. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:49.038
  16. Pascal Wehrlein – 1:49.320
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:48.949
  18. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:49.050
  19. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:49.058
  20. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:49.071
  21. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:50.033
  22. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – No Time Set


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

Lewis Hamilton takes championship lead after Hungarian GP win

Lewis Hamilton has taken the championship lead for the first time this season following his win at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

It was his team-mate Nico Rosberg who started from pole position but Hamilton took control after the first corner and, apart from pit stops, never lost the lead.

The Red Bull duo battled for the lead at the start of the race but ultimately it was Hamilton who came out on top with Rosberg dropping to third. The Mercedes driver quickly disposed of Daniel Ricciardo and it was another Silver Arrows 1-2 come the end of the race. Ricciardo finished third – his third podium in as many years at the Hungaroring.

Behind the top three Sebastian Vettel finished fourth for Ferrari although he was close to a podium finish. He started reeling Ricciardo in in the closing stages of the race but ran out of time to pass him, instead finishing just seven tenths behind the Red Bull. That wasn’t the only close battle in the last 20 laps as Raikkonen fought with Max Verstappen. It isn’t the first time this season that the grid’s oldest driver has gone wheel to wheel with the youngest – Raikkonen trailed Verstappen at the Spanish Grand Prix, the Dutchman’s first win.

Both drivers were complaining over the radio about each other throughout their fight. Raikkonen complained that Verstappen was moving about too much and if he continued then they would make contact with each other. Verstappen had been given warnings about exceeding track limits and he complained over his team radio that Raikkonen was exceeding them too. They did have a minor coming together as Verstappen moved into the space Raikkonen was already occupying. It resulted in Raikkonen losing part of his front wing but both were able to continue. The gap over the line was just four tenths of a second and Raikkonen demonstrated his frustration by passing the Red Bull driver after they reached the chequered flag.

Fernando Alonso finished where he had started the race – in seventh – while team-mate Jenson Button battled hydraulic issues from early on and eventually became the race’s only retirement. Carlos Sainz was eighth for Toro Rosso with Valtteri Bottas ninth and Nico Hulkenberg tenth.

Sergio Perez was 11th ahead of Jolyon Palmer – who had been running in the points before a spin dropped him down the order again. Esteban Gutierrez finished 13th – picking up a five second penalty for ignoring blue flags –  with Romain Grosjean 14th and Kevin Magnussen 15th. Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Nasr, Felipe Massa, Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson, and Rio Haryanto completed the 21 finishers.

There is a quick turnaround with the next race being this weekend in Germany.

Hamilton wins in Austria despite Rosberg collision

Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix despite a last lap incident with his team-mate.

It was the British driver who started from pole position with Nico Rosberg starting sixth following a gearbox penalty. Hamilton maintained his lead at the start with Nico Hulkenberg, who also started on the front row, dropping down the order. Jenson Button – starting a season best third for McLaren – slotted into second and was able to keep Kimi Raikkonen behind him for seven laps of the race.

Ferrari were looking strong, having started the race on a different tyre compound to the Mercedes duo. Following pit-stops it was Sebastian Vettel who led but a tyre blow-out on lap 27 put him out of the race. Raikkonen’s own stop had dropped him behind the Red Bull pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen which compromised his afternoon.

Hamilton lost out to team-mate Rosberg, who pitted first, and from there on in it looked like Rosberg’s race to lose. Having won on the previous two occasions Formula One has visited the Red Bull Ring – since its return to the calendar in 2014 – it looked like the German driver could be making it a hat-trick, despite losing out in qualifying. Hamilton closed the gap and on the last lap it became apparent that he was close enough to make a pass.

The pair collided after Rosberg failed to leave Hamilton enough space – not the first time the two of them have come to blows on the race track. Hamilton emerged unscathed after being forced wide while Rosberg’s front wing came loose. He was subsequently given a ten second penalty and a reprimand for causing a collision and not pitting an unsafe car.

Hamilton continued to win the race while Rosberg limped home in fourth – his penalty not affecting his finishing position. Joining Hamilton on the podium were Verstappen and Raikkonen. Ricciardo finished fifth ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button who finished a credible sixth having started third. Romain Grosjean returned to points with Haas in seventh ahead of Carlos Sainz and Valtteri Bottas. Pascal Wehrlein picked up his first ever points in Formula One with a tenth place finish – Manor’s first point since Monaco 2014. Sergio Perez had been running in tenth before brake failure caused his retirement in the closing stages of the race.

Joining Perez on the sidelines were team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Daniil Kvyat and Vettel.

The next race is the British Grand Prix which will take place at Silverstone this weekend.


McLaren announce new partnership with Michael Kors


McLaren-Honda and Michael Kors have announced a new partnership.

Michael Kors will become the official lifestyle partner of the team and will feature on the team’s cars and the drivers’ overalls.

“Michael Kors and McLaren-Honda are pioneers in their respective spaces,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Michael Kors, John D. Idol said. “We firmly believe that McLaren-Honda is the right partner for our entry into the Formula 1 racing world. This is an exciting moment for us, especially as we continue to grow as a men’s lifestyle brand.”


McLaren’s Executive Chairman and CEO of McLaren Group Ron Dennis explained the reasoning behind signing the new deal. “Like McLaren, which has raced in Formula 1 all over the world for the past 50 years, Michael Kors is a truly international company, operating stylish and successful stores in some of the most prestigious cities in the world,” he said. “[These include] New York, Beverley Hills, Chicago, London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Tokoyo and Hong Kong.”

“Moreover, I firmly believe that the corporate cultures of both McLaren and Michael Kors encompass a common dynamism and adventurism , as well as a shared commitment to a similarly relentless pursuit of perfection,” he continued. “As such the two brands are extremely well suited to a long-term partnership. That brand fit is very important to both of us: both companies have built their reputations on being the very best at what they do, and, as we now march forward together, we’ll both become stronger still.”

In celebration of the launch of the partnership, Michael Kors has created a limited edition men’s leather jacket. The 50 specially produced black leather jackets will be sold exclusively on the men’s floor of the new Michael Kors London flagship store, while supplies last. The jackets will feature both the Michael Kors and McLaren logos, as well as a limited edition plaque with each piece’s unique production number.


“This partnership is about the convergence of style and speed which is inherent to both the Michael Kors and McLaren-Honda DNA,” Michael Kors explained. “There is an energy, sophistication and confidence to both of our brands, and we wanted to create a limited edition piece that spoke to that.”

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: Australian GP: FP1 Times & Laps

Free Practice 1

Wet changeable conditions – slick and wet weather tyres used.

Lap Times


  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:29.725
  2. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:30.146 – +0.421
  3. Daniel Ricciardo –  Red Bull – 1:30.875 – +1.150
  4. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:31.325 – +1.600
  5. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:31.720 – +1.995
  6. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:31.814 – +2.089
  7. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:33.060 – +3.335
  8. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:33.129 – +3.404
  9. Sergio Perez – Force  India – 1:33.370 – +3.645
  10. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:34.060 – +4.335
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:34.550 – +4.825
  12. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:34.679 – +4.954
  13. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:34.796 – +5.071
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:35.477 – +5.752
  15. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:37.956 – +8.231
  16. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:40.401 – +10.676
  17. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:40.754 – +11.029
  18. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:41.780 – +12.055
  19. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:43.372 – +13.647
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:43.443 – +13.718
  21. Sebastian Vettel –  Ferrari – No Time Set
  22. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – No Time Set


  1. Mercedes – 1:29.725
  2. Red Bull – 1:30.146 – +0.421
  3. Force India – 1:31.325 – +1.600
  4. Toro Rosso – 1:31.720 – +1.995
  5. McLaren – 1:33.060 – +3.335
  6. Renault – 1:34.060 – +4.335
  7. Williams – 1:34.550 – +4.825
  8. Sauber – 1:34.796 – +5.071
  9. Manor – 1:40.401 – +10.676
  10. Ferrari – 1:40.754 – +11.029
  11. Haas – 1:41.780 – +12.055



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


  1. McLaren – 27
  2. Red Bull – 27
  3. Mercedes – 25
  4. Renault – 25
  5. Ferrari – 18
  6. Toro Rosso – 17
  7. Force India – 14
  8. Haas – 14
  9. Sauber – 13
  10. Manor – 13
  11. Williams – 12

2016: A Beginner’s Guide to Formula One

Have you ever wondered what Formula One is all about? There’s no better time to start watching the sport than at the start of a new season. The sport is about to embark on a record breaking 21 race season and if you’re wanting to watch, but you’re not sure what’s going on, here’s a brief guide.

The Basics

From reigning world champions Mercedes to new team Haas, eleven teams make up the current Formula One grid with each team fielding two race drivers. Driver experience levels range from complete rookie to veteran of 250+ Grand Prix.

Jenson Button is the most experienced current Formula One driver. He has started 284 Grand Prix and has won one world championship. The reigning world champion is Lewis Hamilton, fresh off the back of his third world title in 2015. The driver with the most world championships on the current grid is Sebastian Vettel (four). Other world champions on the grid are Fernando Alonso (two) and Kimi Raikkonen (one).

For the first time ever, 2016 will see the calendar feature 21 races. The season starts in Australia and ends in Abu Dhabi.

Points are awarded per race for the top ten positions as follows:

  • First – 25
  • Second – 18
  • Third – 15
  • Fourth – 12
  • Fifth – 10
  • Sixth – 8
  • Seventh – 6
  • Eighth – 4
  • Ninth – 2
  • Tenth – 1

The drivers champion is the driver with the most points at the end of the season. The constructors champion is the team with the most points at the end of the season. The team points are made up of both their drivers’ points.

The Drivers

As previously mentioned, there are five world champions currently on the Formula One grid. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both drive for Ferrari, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso both drive for McLaren and Lewis Hamilton drives for Mercedes – the reigning champions.

Drivers race with permanent numbers – a rule brought into the sport in 2014. Previously the world champion had driven with number one on his car with his team-mate racing with number two. Number three was on the car of the team who finished second in the championship and worked out so on and so forth. These permanent numbers were picked by drivers for a variety of reasons, whether it was a special number to them or a random choice.

There are three rookies on this year’s grid – Jolyon Palmer at Renault, Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto at Manor.

The Race Weekend

The race weekend is split into three main sections – practice, qualifying and the race.

Free Practice sessions take place on Friday and Saturday. On Friday there are two hour and a half long practice sessions, with the exception being the Monaco Grand Prix where they take place on Thursday. Unlike in the past, race drivers generally take part in the Friday practice sessions although occasionally teams may choose to run their test drivers.

The third and final practice session is an hour long and takes place on the Saturday morning prior to qualifying.

Qualifying has had a shake up ahead of the 2016 season but will still be made up of three sessions – Q1, Q2, and Q3. This decides the grid order for Sunday’s race but could be shaken up by grid penalties. Penalties can be received for a number of reasons including impeding another driver during qualifying, causing an incident at a previous race, or changing a component of the car when you’re not supposed to.

The race is then held on a Sunday with the number of laps depending on the length of the circuit or the amount of time a lap takes. Races can not exceed two hours in length and if a situation arises where the two hour limit is reached before the planned end of the race, the race is stopped at the end of the lap the lead driver is on when they hit two hours.

The Nitty Gritty


Pirelli are the sole tyre supplier in Formula One and, like qualifying, there has been some adjustments made to the tyre rules ahead of the 2016 season.

There are five dry tyre (‘slick’) compounds – Ultrasoft, Supersoft, Soft, Medium and Hard – and two for wet weather – Intermediate and Full Wet. Each driver gets an allocation of three sets of Full Wet, four sets of Intermediate, and 13 slick tyres per weekend. In a difference to previous years Pirelli will nominate three tyre compounds per race. For Australia, for example, these three compounds are Supersoft, Soft and Medium.

From these three compounds Pirelli will give each driver two sets that must be used during the race. Drivers will also receive a set of the softest compound to use in Q3. Should a driver not make Q3, they can carry these tyres through to the race.

This leaves drivers to select how they will split the remaining ten tyres of their allocation. Team-mates do not have to make the same selections. They can choose from any of the three compounds nominated for that race weekend. Rules stipulate that a driver must make use of at least two slick compounds during a race however there is an exception to that rule. If it becomes a wet race and they have to use the Intermediate or Full Wet compound then they do not have to use two dry compounds.

Power Units

Without getting too in depth about the Power Units, essentially drivers are allowed five unpenalised Power Unit changes throughout the season. The Power Unit comprises different components. A full explanation of these can be found on the Formula One website.

Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car

If there is an incident on track the Safety Car may be deployed. Drivers must line-up behind the Safety Car – which becomes the pace setter – in the order they were in when it came out. You cannot overtake under the safety car. The Virtual Safety Car is when there is no need for the physical safety car to come out but drivers must drive to a certain lap-time if there is an incident on track.

The Viewing

Formula One can be viewed two ways in the UK – on Channel 4 and on Sky Sports. Sky Sports F1 broadcast all races completely live, while Channel 4 will broadcast ten races live with the remainder as extended highlights packages.

The sport is a new acquisition by Channel 4 following the decision of the BBC to pull the plug early in their contract due to budget cuts.

Want to go further?

The official Formula One website has a comprehensive Inside F1 section which explains in further detail the ins and outs of the sport, including the regulations.

Previous Beginners Guides on The H Duct were published in 2011 and 2012.