F1 2016: Belgian GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:48.085
  2. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:48.341 – +0.256
  3. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:48.657 – +0.572
  4. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:49.023 – +0.938
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:49.100 – +1.015
  6. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:49.161 – +1.076
  7. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:49.244 – +1.159
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:49.419 – +1.334
  9. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:49.419 – +1.334
  10. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:49.648 – +1.563
  11. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:49.716 – +1.631
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:49.772 – +1.687
  13. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:49.782 – +1.697
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:49.916 – +1.831
  15. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:50.083 – +1.999
  16. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:50.151 – +2.066
  17. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:50.157- +2.072
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:50.194 – +2.109
  19. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:50.375 – +2.290
  20. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:50.562 – +2.477
  21. Esteban Ocon – Renault – 1:50.659 – +2.574
  22. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:50.719 – +2.634

Teams

  1. Red Bull – 1:48.085
  2. Force India – 1:48.657 – +0.572
  3. Ferrari – 1:49.023 – +0.938
  4. Mercedes – 1:49.161 – +1.076
  5. Haas – 1:49.419 – +1.334
  6. McLaren – 1:49.419 – +1.334
  7. Manor – 1:49.716 – +1.631
  8. Toro Rosso – 1:49.916 – +1.831
  9. Sauber – 1:50.083 – +1.998
  10. Williams – 1:50.151 – +2.066
  11. Renault – 1:50.375 – +2.290

Laps

Drivers

  1. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 34
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 33
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 33
  4. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 32
  5. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 31
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 30
  7. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 30
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 30
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 29
  10. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 27
  11. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 27
  12. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 27
  13. Sergio Perez – Force India – 27
  14. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 27
  15. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 25
  16. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 25
  17. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 25
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 24
  19. Jenson Button – McLaren – 23
  20. Esteban Gutierrez  – Haas – 23
  21. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 20
  22. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 19

Teams

  1. Renault – 66
  2. Mercedes – 66
  3. Ferrari – 57
  4. Force India – 57
  5. Manor – 56
  6. Red Bull – 54
  7. McLaren – 53
  8. Sauber – 51
  9. Toro Rosso – 50
  10. Williams – 48
  11. Haas – 43
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F1 2016: European GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:44.223
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:44.913 – +0.690
  3. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:45.336 – +1.113
  4. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:45.764 – +1.541
  5. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:45.920 – +1.697
  6. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:46.027 – +1.804
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:46.068 – +1.845
  8. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:46.219 – +1.996
  9. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:46.234 – +2.011
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:46.293 – +2.070
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:46.498 – +2.275
  12. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:46.681 – +2.458
  13. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:46.694 – +2.471
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:46.744 – +2.521
  15. Esteban Gutierrez  – Haas – 1:46.830 – +2.607
  16. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:47.060 – +2.837
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:47.329 – +3.106
  18. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:47.487 – +3.264
  19. Marcus Ericsson -Sauber – 1:47.772 – +3.549
  20. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:47.794 – +3.571
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:48.018 – +3.795
  22. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:48.081 – +3.858

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:44.223
  2. Force India – 1:45.336 – +1.113
  3. Williams – 1:45.764 – +1.541
  4. Toro Rosso – 1:46.027 – +1.804
  5. Red Bull – 1:46.068 – +1.845
  6. Ferrari – 1:46.219 – +1.996
  7. McLaren – 1:46.234 – +2.011
  8. Haas – 1:46.681 – +2.458
  9. Renault – 1:47.329 – +3.106
  10. Manor – 1:47.487 – +3.264
  11. Sauber – 1:47.772 – +3.549

Laps

Drivers

  1. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 38
  2. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 38
  3. Sergio Perez – Force India – 37
  4. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 37
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 36
  6. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 36
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 35
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 35
  9. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 35
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 35
  11. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 35
  12. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 33
  13. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 33
  14. Jenson Button – McLaren – 32
  15. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 32
  16. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 32
  17. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 29
  18. Felipe Massa – Williams – 28
  19. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 27
  20. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 26
  21. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 26
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 22

Teams

  1. Force India – 74
  2. Renault – 73
  3. Toro Rosso – 70
  4. Manor – 69
  5. Ferrari – 68
  6. Williams – 63
  7. Sauber – 60
  8. Manor – 59
  9. Mercedes – 59
  10. McLaren – 59
  11. Haas – 55

 

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: Australian Grand Prix Preview

It is time for the talking to start and for the drivers to take to the track. With pre-season testing reduced to just two four day sessions this year, teams have had less track time to prepare for the upcoming season.

The main talking point going into the 2016 season is whether or not Ferrari will be able to close the gap to Mercedes. The Scuderia showed positive signs in testing however it is well known that you cannot take testing times at face value. Mercedes completed the most mileage of anyone but suffered a breakdown on the final day showing that reliability issues can strike and will strike at any time. The Mercedes team has been the dominant force for the past two seasons but can Ferrari take a sustained season long fight to them? Secondly, Nico Rosberg was the on form driver in Mercedes at the close of 2015 – can he maintain his form?

As well as a record breaking 21 race calendar, there is an extended grid with Haas joining. There will be three rookies on the grid this season – Jolyon Palmer steps up to a race seat with Renault while Manor has chosen to run DTM champion and Mercedes backed driver Pascal Wehrlein alongside Rio Haryanto. Making their return to the Formula One grid will be Kevin Magnussen – getting a race seat at Renault – with Esteban Gutierrez driving for Haas. Romain Grosjean has made the move from Lotus to Haas with the rest of the grid remaining as it was for 2015.

The Australian Grand Prix will once again play host to the start of the season and it is a race where there can be a lot of attrition as teams run their cars in full race mode for the first time.

Circuit: Albert Park
Number of Laps: 58
Circuit Length: 5.303km
Number of Corners: 16
Lap Record: 1:24.125 Michael Schumacher (2004)
Previous Australian GP winners still on the grid: 5
Most Successful Team: McLaren (12 wins)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Medium, Soft and Supersoft

For 2016 the technical regulations have remained fairly stable ahead of bigger changes in 2017. There is still scope for teams to improve though and eyes will be on certain teams in particular. One such team will be McLaren following their tumultuous 2015 reunion with engine partner Honda. They had a much more reliable winter, completing more laps in one day at the opening test than they managed over four days at the first test last year. The team are confident they have made gains performance wise but it remains to be seen where they will feature in the pecking order. Renault return to the fray as a constructor for the first time since 2009. They have Kevin Magnussen joining them after a year on the sidelines and it was in Melbourne he took his one and only podium to date in F1 back in 2014 with McLaren.

The last time new teams joined Formula One, they clearly struggled. Only Manor remains of those three teams and Haas will be hoping they won’t meet the same fate as HRT and Caterham. The Haas F1 project has been a long time coming and suggestions are they could be fighting for points straight away. With experienced driver and podium finisher Romain Grosjean on board and former Ferrari test driver Esteban Gutierrez, they have a line-up who are certainly capable of performing.

Elsewhere Red Bull will be racing with their Tag Heuer branded engines and hoping for better fortunes than last year. Sister team Toro Rosso has made the switch back to Ferrari engines for this year and both their drivers – Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen – will be hoping for as good a season, if not better, that they both enjoyed in their rookie year.

It’s all change at Manor with two rookies taking over from last year’s drives. Pascal Wehrlein is the reigning DTM driver while Rio Haryanto enjoyed his best ever GP2 performance in 2015. Force India will be hoping to at least maintain their performance from last year where they finished a best ever fifth in the constructors championship. Williams and Sauber will run with the same drivers as they raced in 2015 and both teams will hope to make steps forward from their respective positions.

For the season ahead there are new Pirelli tyre rules and a new qualifying format which could shake up proceedings. An elimination style qualifying will take place, with cars being eliminated throughout Q1, Q2, and Q3 rather than just at the end of each session. Drivers also get to choose what tyre compounds they want from the three nominated by Pirelli. It is hoped this will lead to a bigger variation in strategies, thus shaking up the racing.

F1 2016: Pre-season test Barcelona Preview 22nd – 25th February

At this stage last year teams had already taken part in two pre-season tests.  With the first race of the season due to take part in Australia on the 20th March, there are just two pre-season tests this year for teams to start to get to grips with their 2016 machines.

Both of these pre-season tests will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona – the first of which kicks off tomorrow morning.

All 11 teams will be present at the test although only Sauber will be without their 2016 car. Instead their drivers will run the 2015 car with a revised livery. While teams such as Williams, McLaren, and Haas have revealed photographs of their new cars online, testing will be the first opportunity to see all the new cars as they take to the track for the first time.

Toro Rosso will be running an interim livery – with the real deal set to be unveiled at the second test – while Renault’s livery is also expected to change before the first race.

Testing line-up:

TEAM DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Lewis  Hamilton Nico Rosberg
Ferrari  Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen
Williams Valtteri Bottas Valtteri Bottas Felipe Massa Felipe Massa
Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo Daniil Kvyat Daniil Kvyat
Force India Alfonso Celis Jr Sergio Perez Nico Hulkenberg Alfonso Celis Jr
Renault Jolyon Palmer Jolyon Palmer Kevin Magnussen Kevin Magnussen
Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz Max Verstappen Carlos Sainz Max Verstappen
Sauber Marcus Ericsson Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr Felipe Nasr
McLaren Jenson Button Fernando Alonso Jenson Button Fernando Alonso
Manor Pascal Wehrlein Pascal Wehrlein Rio Haryanto Rio Haryanto
Haas Romain Grosjean Esteban Gutierrez Romain Grosjean Esteban Gutierrez

Alfonso Celis Jr will be the only test/reserve driver in action, splitting the running with  Force  India’s regular race drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. For Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez it will be their first outings with new teams. 2016 rookies Jolyon Palmer, Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto will also be in action.

Pre-season testing doesn’t give a clear picture of the order the teams will end up come the first race of the season, but it gives somewhat of an indication. It will be an important eight days for the likes of McLaren, Manor and Haas but for very different reasons.

McLaren endured a torrid 2015 season and this struggle started at pre-season testing where they failed to string laps together. They will be hoping for better reliability in the early stages of the year. For Manor it is a brand new line-up with a brand new car. They will have Mercedes engines for the 2016 season, having raced with older Ferrari power in the past. And finally, for Haas it is their first season in Formula One with a brand new car. They are hoping to score points in their maiden season and have a promising line-up in experienced driver Grosjean and former Sauber driver and Ferrari tester Gutierrez.

Ferrari will be hoping that they can close the gap to Mercedes and mount a sustained challenge throughout the whole season. For Williams it is another opportunity to make steps forward, having finished third in the championship for the past two seasons. Renault have returned to the sport as a works team for the first time since the 2009 season while Red Bull will hope to put their engine problems behind them. Toro Rosso will run Ferrari engines this year – having ran with Renault Power Units last year – with Force India coming off the back of their best season in Formula One. Mercedes will remain the team to beat having won the championship convincingly for the past two seasons.