F1 2016: Hungarian GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:20.435
  2. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:21.030 – +0.595
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:21.348 – +0.913
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:21.770 – +1.335
  5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:21.960 – +1.525
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:22.058 – +1.623
  7. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:22.328 – +1.893
  8. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:22.387 – +1.952
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:22.449 – +2.014
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:22.653 – +2.218
  11. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:22.673 – +2.238
  12. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:22.681 – +2.246
  13. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:22.689 – +2.254
  14. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:22.773 – +2.338
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.864 – +2.429
  16. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:22.948 – +2.513
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:23.347 – +2.912
  18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:23.437  – +3.002
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:23.528 – +3.093
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:23.986 – +3.551
  21. Pascal Werhlein – Manor – 1:23.992 – +3.557
  22. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:24.265 – +3.830

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:20.435
  2. Red Bull – 1:21.030 – +0.595
  3. Ferrari – 1:21.348 – +0.913
  4. McLaren – 1:22.328 – +1.893
  5. Force India – 1:22.449 – +2.014
  6. Haas – 1:22.673 – +2.238
  7. Williams – 1:22.681 – +2.246
  8. Toro Rosso – 1:22.689 – +2.254
  9. Renault – 1:23.347 – +2.912
  10. Sauber – 1:23.437 – +3.002
  11. Manor – 1:23.992 – +3.557

Laps

Drivers

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 46
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 45
  3. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 43
  4. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 41
  5. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 41
  6. Felipe Massa – Williams – 39
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 38
  8. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 38
  9. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 38
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 36
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 36
  12. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 36
  13. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 35
  14. Jenson Button – McLaren – 34
  15. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 31
  16. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 31
  17. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 28
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 24
  19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 22
  20. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 21
  21. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 12
  22. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 4

Teams

  1. Force India – 79
  2. Ferrari – 77
  3. Williams – 77
  4. Red Bull – 71
  5. Toro Rosso – 67
  6. Sauber – 67
  7. Haas – 66
  8. Manor – 58
  9. McLaren – 55
  10. Renault – 53
  11. Mercedes – 49

F1 2016: Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

The Hungarian Grand Prix has been on the Formula One calendar since 1986, with the circuit having been purpose built for the sport.

Lewis Hamilton goes into the weekend having won his home race at Silverstone where he reduced the championship gap to just a point. Nico Rosberg has led from the start of the season but the momentum is currently with Hamilton. The three leading teams at the minute – Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull – have all won at the circuit at the Hungaroring in the past.

Circuit: Hungaroring
Number of Laps: 70
Circuit Length:4.381km
Number of Corners: 14
Lap Record: 1:19.071 Michael Schumacher (2004)
Previous Hungarian Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 6
Most Successful Team: McLaren (11 wins)
DRS Zones: 2    
Pirelli Tyres: Medium, Soft and Supersoft

The circuit has been resurfaced for the 2016 event and Pirelli have brought the Medium, Soft and Supersoft compound tyres. Thermal degradation can be an issue due to the high temperatures normally experienced. The Hungaroring requires an emphasis on mechanical grip with a number of low speed corners. It has a low average speed while brake wear is medium.

It is often compared to Monaco due to being a tight and twisty track, although obviously there is a lot more run off. This means that drivers normally place a lot of emphasis on qualifying as track position can be key.

The championship is finely poised at the top with just a point separating Hamilton and Rosberg. Kimi Raikkonen is third, six points ahead of Daniel Ricciardo with Sebastian Vettel just eight points ahead of Max Verstappen. Last year saw the Mercedes duo suffer a number of misfortunes allowing Vettel to win. He had been leading a Ferrari 1-2 before Raikkonen unfortunately retired. Daniil Kvyat and Ricciardo were second and third respectively. Ricciardo has previously won the race in 2014.

A number of drivers in Formula One history took their first wins in the sport at the Hungaroring including Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Following Button’s highs in Austria, the team were disappointed to finish 12th and 13th in tricky conditions at Silverstone. They scored their best results of the season last year in Hungary so will no doubt be trying to repeat their form this year.

Both Williams drivers finished outside the points at the British Grand Prix while both Force India drivers finished in the points. There are 19 points between the two teams and Force India are aiming to close the gap and claim fourth in the constructors championship. Ferrari are just six points ahead of Red Bull while Mercedes are well clear at the top.

Kimi Raikkonen to remain with Ferrari for 2017

Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Ferrari next season it has been confirmed.

There had been much speculation over the Finnish driver’s future, with drivers such as Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean being linked to his seat. The team has put an end to all the rumours by confirming that Raikkonen will race for the team for a seventh season.

They released the following short statement:

Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.

Raikkonen first joined Ferrari in 2007 and we went on to win his first – and only – World Championship. He left the team, and F1, at the end of the 2009 season before returning to the sport in 2012.He returned to Ferrari in 2014 and he has raced with the Scuderia ever since.

During his time at Ferrari he has won nine races, stood on the podium 33 times, and started from pole position five times. This weekend’s British Grand Prix will be his 100th with the team.

F1 2016: British Grand Prix Preview

Formula One returns to its home this weekend with the British Grand Prix. Seven of the 11 teams on the grid are based in the UK so it is a big event on the Formula One calendar. Silverstone hosted the first ever World Championship F1 race way back in 1950 and it has been the permanent home of the British Grand Prix since 1987.

Last time out Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix following a last lap incident with his team-mate Nico Rosberg. It wasn’t the first time this season the two have come together and with such a quick turnaround there could be fireworks this weekend. Hamilton was joined on the podium by Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.

Rosberg still leads the championship although now just by 11 points.

Circuit: Silverstone
Number of Laps: 52
Circuit Length: 5.891km
Number of Corners: 18
Lap Record: 1:33.401 Mark Webber (2013)
Previous British Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 5
Most Successful Team: Ferrari (15 wins)
DRS Zones: 2    
Pirelli Tyres: Soft, Medium and Hard

For a lap around Silverstone drivers spend 66% of it at full throttle. It is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar and features fast flowing sections. For the mixture of high and low speed corners, Silverstone requires medium to high downforce.

The soft, medium and hard compound tyres have been brought to this race by Pirelli and circuit offers high levels of grip. Due to high levels of degradation Pirelli are expecting at least two pit stops per driver during the race.

Last year’s race was won by Hamilton after he switched to intermediate tyres at just the right time. Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel were also on the podium. Hamilton will be going for a hat-trick of victories having won the British Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016. As always, the weather could play a role during the race as it can range from sunshine to rain very quickly.

In Austria there were notable drives from a number of drivers. Verstappen got his second ever Formula One podium by finishing second. While Raikkonen finished third, many thought Ferrari wasted an opportunity to win the race by pitting at the wrong time. Jenson Button finished in sixth place for McLaren having started from third on the grid – their best qualifying result for quite some time. Romain Grosjean returned to the points for Haas finishing seventh while Pascal Wehrlein got his first ever F1 point in tenth place for Manor.

All eyes will undoubtedly be on the Mercedes pair this weekend – with tensions running high can they race cleanly or will they self-implode again?

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.

 

F1 2016: Austrian Grand Prix Preview

Fresh off the back of a commanding victory at the European Grand Prix in Baku, Nico Rosberg heads to the Austrian Grand Prix with high hopes. Having previously won the event in 2015 and in 2014 on its return to the calendar, Rosberg is looking for a hat-trick of wins.

After seeing his lead getting smaller it is once again advantage Rosberg, extending a nine point lead to over 20 points again following struggles for Lewis Hamilton in Azerbaijan.

Circuit: Red Bull Ring
Number of Laps: 71
Circuit Length: 4.326km
Number of Corners: 9
Lap Record: 1:08.337 Michael Schumacher (2003)
Previous Austrian Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 1
Most Successful Team: McLaren (6 wins)
DRS Zones: 2    
Pirelli Tyres: Soft, Supersoft, and Ultrasoft

The Red Bull Ring – formerly the A1 Ring – only features nine corners and these are a mixture of slow, medium and high speed. It is a medium downforce circuit and features a long straight. 66% of the lap is spent at full throttle while brake wear is classed as medium.

Last year Hamilton started on pole position but lost out to team-mate Rosberg early on and had to settle for second. Felipe Massa completed the podium finishers in third place.

Pirelli have brought their Soft and Supersoft compound tyres along with the Ultrasoft. Many teams expect lap records to be broken if the Ultrasoft compound can be used in qualifying. This is currently uncertain as weather forecasts show unsettled conditions and potential thunderstorms during qualifying.

Both Rosberg and Hamilton have new engines for this weekend – Hamilton’s fifth new one of the season meaning he faces a penalty next new engine. Hamilton spent much of the European Grand Prix unable to fix an engine issue due to radio restrictions. He was clearly frustrated and had to settle for fifth place while his team-mate won.

Sebastian Vettel finished as runner up with Sergio Perez securing his second podium in three races. Kimi Raikkonen finished in fourth place for Ferrari.

Hamilton’s fifth Canadian GP victory edges him closer to Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix for a fifth time, beating Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas to the chequered flag.

Having qualified on pole position, Hamilton lined up on the front row of the grid alongside team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. When the lights went out it was Vettel in the Ferrari who got the best start, however. The Ferrari driver darted around the outside of Hamilton who then was forced to fend off a challenge from Rosberg.

Rosberg was forced wide at the first corner and dropped down the order compromising his race. Vettel enjoyed a brief lead before pitting on lap 11 during a Virtual Safety Car period, putting on the Supersoft tyres. This committed him to at least a two stop as the Soft compound tyre was mandatory during the race and he had started on the Ultrasoft compound.

Hamilton stayed out but it was advantage Vettel as with fresher tyres he started to bring the gap at the front down. He locked up a number of times, however, struggling to get the tyres working as conditions were not ideal. After the race Vettel jokingly complained about the wildlife, in particular about two ‘seagulls’ who caught his attention causing him to lock-up at turn one.

The German was unable to close the gap to Hamilton and it was the Mercedes driver who crossed the line first for his fifth Canadian Grand Prix victory. Vettel finished five seconds down but well clear of Bottas in third – giving Williams their first podium of the year.

Max Verstappen held off Rosberg to finish fourth with the latter getting himself into a spin on the final lap of the race at the final chicane. This came after he had been forced to make a late stop due to a slow puncture, further compounding his difficult race. Kimi Raikkonen was a quiet sixth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg. Carlos Sainz put in an impressive drive to rise from 20th on the grid to finish ninth with Sergio Perez getting the final point.

Fernando Alonso finished 11th for McLaren on a day that saw his team-mate’s race come to a smoky end. Jenson Button managed just nine laps before he was forced to pull over with flames coming from his car. Daniil Kvyat was 12th ahead of the twice lapped cars of Esteban Gutierrez, Romain Grosjean, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen, Pascal Wehrlein, Felipe Nasr, and Rio Haryanto.

Felipe Massa had been the only driver to finish in the points at every race so far this year but that came to an end when he retired with Power Unit issues. Jolyon Palmer also retired.

The result means Hamilton is now just nine points behind Rosberg in the championship standings with Vettel slotting into third. The next race is this weekend’s European Grand Prix at the Baku Circuit in Azerbaijan.