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Sauber’s F1 future secured following takeover by Swiss finance company

Sauber will continue in Formula One following a takeover by Swiss investment company Longbow Finance S.A.

The Formula One team’s future has been the topic of much speculation of late due to financial difficulties. Today’s news means that Sauber can continue in the sport. It has also been confirmed that there will be no changes to the the company or team name.

Sauber was founded in the 70s by Peter Sauber and they made their Formula One debut in 1993 with Mercedes engines. In 2005 the team was sold to BMW and they raced as BMW Sauber from 2006 until 2010, although BMW pulled out at the end of the 2009 season. Up until the acquisition by Longbow Finance, Peter Sauber had owned 66.6% of the team – having bought it back in 2010 – with Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn owning the remaining stakes.

“Monisha and I yesterday signed an agreement which secures the future of the Formula 1 Team and the Sauber Group,” Peter Sauber revealed in a statement. “I am very happy that my courageous investment to buy the team back, which I made six years ago, with the intention to secure the base in Hinwil and the place in Formula 1 has proved to be correct.”

As a result of the takeover Peter Sauber will retire and will be succeeded by Pascal Picci as Chairman of Sauber Holding. Kaltenborn will remain as Team Principal and CEO.

“We are very pleased that by reaching an agreement with Longbow Finance S.A., we can secure the future of Sauber at the pinnacle of motorsport,” Kalenborn said. “We are convinced that Longbow Finance is the perfect partner to again make the team competitive and successful in Formula 1. At the same time the new structure will allow us to finally further expand our third party business in which we commercialise our know-how. This solution is in the best interest of our employees, partners, loyal suppliers, the base in Hinwil and for the Swiss motorsport. We are very grateful that Longbow Finance believes in the competences efficiency and capabilities of Sauber Group, and we look forward to a new exciting future.”

Sauber are currently the only team to have scored no points in 2016. They have also been forced to sit out both in-season tests so far – one in Barcelona and one at Silverstone. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr currently drive for the team but notable drivers in their history include Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld, Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, and Jacques Villeneuve.

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F1 2016: Canadian GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel- Ferrari – 1:13.919
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:14.158 – +0.239
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:14.316 – +0.397
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:14.332 – +0.413
  5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:14.334 – +0.415
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:14.487 – +0.568
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:14.655 – +0.735
  8. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:14.801 – +0.882
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:14.886 – +0.967
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:14.890 – +0.971
  11. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:14.918 – +0.999
  12. Valterri Bottas – Williams – 1:14.985 – +1.066
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:15.023 – +1.104
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:15.199 – +1.280
  15. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:15.444 – +1.525
  16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault- 1:15.656 – +1.737
  17. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:15.704 – +1.785
  18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber –  1:16.078 – +2.159
  19. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:16.085 – +2.166
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:16.326 – +2.407
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:16.622 – +2.703
  22. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:16.901 – +2.982

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:13.919
  2. Red Bull – 1:14.158 – +0.239
  3. Mercedes – 1:14.316 – +0.397
  4. Toro Rosso – 1:14.655 – +0.736
  5. McLaren – 1:14.801 – +0.882
  6. Force India – 1:14.886 – +0.967
  7. Williams – 1:14.890 -+0.971
  8. Haas – 1:15.444 – +1.525
  9. Renault – 1:15.656 – +1.737
  10. Sauber – 1:16.078 – +2.159
  11. Manor – 1:16.622 – +2.703

Laps

Drivers

  1. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 24
  2. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 24
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 22
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 22
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 21
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 21
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 21
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 21
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 20
  10. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 20
  11. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 20
  12. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 19
  13. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 19
  14. Fernando Alons0 – McLaren – 19
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 19
  16. Felipe Massa – Williams – 18
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 18
  18. Jenson Button – McLaren – 17
  19. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 17
  20. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 16
  21. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 15
  22. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 14

Teams

  1. Sauber – 48
  2. Ferrari – 42
  3. Mercedes – 41
  4. Red Bull – 41
  5. Toro Rosso – 41
  6. Force India – 41
  7. Williams – 38
  8. McLaren – 36
  9. Renault – 36
  10. Manor – 33
  11. Haas – 30

F1 2016: Canadian GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:14.212
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:14.469 – +0.257
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:14.738 – +0.526
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:15.156 – +0.944
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:15.168 – +0.956
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:15.213 – +1.001
  7. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:15.213 – +1.001
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:15.234 – +1.022
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:15.321 – +1.109
  10. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:15.410 – +1.198
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:15.450 – +1.238
  12. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:15.493 – +1.281
  13. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:15.513 – +1.301
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:15.559 – +1.347
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:16.093 – +1.881
  16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:16.255 – +2.043
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:16.582 – +2.370
  18. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:16.591 – +2.379
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:16.902 – +2.690
  20. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:17.001 – +2.789
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:17.023 – +2.811
  22. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:17.423 – +3.211

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:14.212
  2. Ferrari – 1:14.469 – +0.257
  3. Red Bull – 1:15.156 – +0.944
  4. Williams – 1:15.213 – +1.001
  5. McLaren – 1:15.213 – +1.001
  6. Force India – 1:15.321 – +1.109
  7. Toro Rosso – 1:15.410 – +1.198
  8. Haas – 1:16.093 – +1.881
  9. Renault -1:16.255 – +2.043
  10. Sauber – 1:16.582 – +2.370
  11. Manor – 1:17.023 – +2.811

Laps

Drivers

  1. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 51
  2. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 50
  3. Rio Haryanto – Manor -49
  4. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 48
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 47
  6. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 46
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 46
  8. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 45
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 44
  10. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 43
  11. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 43
  12. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 43
  13. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 42
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 42
  15. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 40
  16. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 40
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 39
  18. Jenson Button – McLaren – 35
  19. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 35
  20. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 32
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 32
  22. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 29

Teams

  1. Force India – 97
  2. Sauber – 91
  3. Williams – 90
  4. Mercedes – 89
  5. Ferrari – 88
  6. Renault – 87
  7. Toro Rosso – 84
  8. Manor – 81
  9. McLaren – 75
  10. Red Bull – 72
  11. Haas – 67

Monaco win reignites Lewis Hamilton’s championship

Following four wins by his team-mate Nico Rosberg and a DNF in Spain, Lewis Hamilton got his 2016 championship hopes back on track with a victory in Monaco.

Pole position went to Daniel Ricciardo on Saturday while Rosberg joined him on the front row of the grid. Hamilton had to settle for third with Sebastian Vettel joining him on the second row. On Sunday there was a safety car start due to heavy rain earlier in the day creating a very wet track. There were seven laps behind the safety car before racing could commence in anger.

As Ricciardo pulled away, Rosberg struggled with his car – brake problems being the official line – before he was asked by Mercedes to allow Hamilton through. The championship leader complied with his team’s request and Hamilton soon set off after Ricciardo. When the track conditions changed Ricciardo pitted for intermediates while Mercedes kept Hamilton out on track so that when he pitted it would be for slick tyres.

When Hamilton eventually pitted for the ultrasoft compound tyres, Red Bull pitted Ricciardo for the supersoft tyres to cover him off. Ricciardo was left waiting, however, when the tyres were not ready for his stop – costing him a lot of time. He rejoined the track just behind Hamilton and despite some pressure and getting close to passing, he eventually dropped off and finished seven seconds back.

Elsewhere there were a number of dramatic moments for other drivers. Jolyon Palmer crashed into the barriers into Ste. Devote when the safety car came in at the start, causing a Virtual Safety Car period. He lost it on the slippery white lines on the pit straight and was a passenger as he hit the barriers. Team-mate Kevin Magnussen also crashed, although later on in the race. He first of all was hit by Daniil Kvyat before the Dane ended up in the barriers himself.

Felipe Nasr defied team orders to allow his team-mate through, resulting in Marcus Ericsson attempting a move at Rascasse. The move failed and both drivers ended up in the barrier. The both managed to get going again however both ultimately retired. Ericsson has a three place grid drop for Canada.

Other retirements were Daniil Kvyat, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen. Raikkonen lost his front wing and attempted to drive back to the pits but had to pull over on track due to the front wing getting lodged under his front tyres. Verstappen had his third accident of the weekend – following practice and qualifying incidents – ending his race early, a real case of hero to zero following his Spanish Grand Prix victory.

Behind the top two finishers Sergio Perez completed a strong race to finish in third place, holding off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Fernando Alonso finished in fifth place for McLaren – their best finish so far this year – with Nico Hulkenberg sixth and Rosberg seventh. Carlos Sainz finished in eighth place ahead of Jenson Button in ninth and Felipe Massa tenth.

The result has seen Hamilton close to within 24 points of his team-mate with Ricciardo now third. The Ferrari duo are now just separated by a point in fourth and fifth place – Raikkonen ahead of Vettel.

 

F1 2016: Spanish GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:23.078
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.204 – +0.126s
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.225 – +0.147s
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:23.719 – +0.641s
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:23.816 – +0.738s
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.110 – +1.032s
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:24.356 – +1.278s
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:24.472 – +1.394s
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:24.553 – +1.475s
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:24.555 – +1.477s
  11. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:24.585 – +1.507s
  12. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:24.621 – +1.543s
  13. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.695 – +1.617s
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:24.981 – +1.903s
  15. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:25.051 – +1.973s
  16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:25.100 – +2.022s
  17. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:25.130 – +2.052s
  18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:25.376 – +2.298s
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:25.376 – +2.305s
  20. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:25.401 – +2.323s
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:26.097 – +3.019s
  22. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:26.251 – +3.173s

Teams

  1. Mercedes -1:23.078
  2. Ferrari – 1:23.225 – +0.147s
  3. Red Bull – 1:23.719 – +0.641s
  4. Williams – 1:24.356 – +1.278s
  5. Force India – 1:24.472 – +1.394s
  6. Toro Rosso – 1:24.553 – +1.475s
  7. McLaren – 1:24.555 – +1.477s
  8. Haas – 1:24.981 – +1.903s
  9. Renault – 1:25.100 – +2.022s
  10. Sauber – 1:25.383 – +2.305s
  11. Manor – 1:26.097 -+3.019s

Laps

Drivers

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

Teams

  1. Sauber – 46
  2. Toro Rosso – 34
  3. Manor – 32
  4. Haas – 30
  5. Force India – 30
  6. Ferrari – 29
  7. Williams – 29
  8. Mercedes – 26
  9. McLaren – 26
  10. Renault – 25
  11. Red Bull – 19

 

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

Pirelli confirm driver tyre choices for Australian Grand Prix

Pirelli has confirmed the tyre choices the drivers have made for the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

A new rule brought in for 2016 will see drivers make their tyre selections from three compounds nominated by the tyre supplier. Pirelli has opted to bring the Medium, Soft and Supersoft compounds to Australia. The rule allows scope for a bigger variation of strategies not only between teams but also team-mates.

Over the course of the weekend drivers will have 13 sets of tyres available to them and here is how they have split their selections:

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

In terms of differing strategies, only Mercedes, Sauber and Haas have team-mates differing from each other. Lewis Hamilton has opted for one set of medium compound tyres while Nico Rosberg has gone for two with one less set of the softs. The same has happened sat Sauber and at Haas. Only the Manor duo of Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein have taken more than two sets of the medium compound tyre, instead going for four.