Tag: Max Chilton

Lewis Hamilton gets championship back on track at British GP

Lewis Hamilton has got his world championship challenge back on track after winning the British Grand Prix. Hamilton, who won his home race for the first time since winning it six years ago, finished over 30 seconds clear of second placed man Valtteri Bottas. Daniel Ricciardo finished third after a long stint on the medium compound tyres, fending off a late charge from McLaren’s Jenson Button. Nico Rosberg retired from the race after leading most of it after suffering a problem with his gearbox.

There was drama at the start of the race up and down the grid. Felipe Massa – who is celebrating his 200th Grand Prix start this weekend – struggled to get away until his anti-stall kicked in. Further up the pack Sebastian Vettel lost out to the McLaren duo and Hamilton, while Sergio Perez spun after making contact with a Toro Rosso. The biggest drama came when Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen ran wide and, as he was making his way back onto track, hit a bump which sent his car into a spin. He made heavy impact – reported as registering at 47G – with the barrier and collected Massa as he spun across the track. Massa had to try and take evasive action and spun himself, preventing a much bigger accident. Raikkonen got out of the car with assistance from the medical team and was taken to the medical centre for checks. A Ferrari spokesman reported that he had hurt his ankle and was having x-rays as a precaution. As a result of the accident there was a lengthy red flag period while the barrier was repaired.

As a result of the red flag, cars returned to the grid ready to start again behind the safety car. Massa limped round the track with obvious damage to his car which the team tried to fix however he did not make the restart, being forced to retire. Max Chilton entered the pit-lane as the red flags came out, picking up a drive through penalty as a result. When the race got going again – an hour after the original start – everyone got away safely. There was some great racing, with Bottas tearing his way through the pack. Button and Fernando Alonso raced closely with the McLaren driver making his car as wide as possible as Alonso searched for a way past. Later on Alonso then had a spirited battle with Vettel, which led to a lot of angry team-radio messages. The FIA have been clamping down on drivers running their cars with all four wheels behind the white lines and Alonso picked up a number of warnings before being shown the black and white flag. It wasn’t Alonso’s first misdemeanour of the day, however, after he started well over his pit-box on the original start and was given a five second penalty as a result. Vettel eventually passed the Ferrari driver and finished over five seconds clear of him, after a lot of close moments between the pair, with neither wanting to give up.

Elsewhere, Kevin Magnussen held on to the Vettel/Alonso battle and finished a solid seventh ahead of Nico Hulkenberg who had a difficult afternoon in his Force India. Rounding out the top ten were the Toro Rosso duo of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne. Esteban Gutierrez retired after making contact with Pastor Maldonado, causing the Lotus to become airborne. Maldonado later retired with smoke pouring from the back of his car. Marcus Ericsson retired with front suspension damage.

As a result of the race, Hamilton has now moved back to within four points of his team-mate. The next race is Rosberg’s home race – the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.


Daniel Ricciardo wins Canadian thriller

Daniel Ricciardo has become Formula One’s 105th winner following victory in an exciting Canadian Grand Prix. The Australian driver, who has finished third behind a Mercedes 1-2 on two occasions this year, took advantage of an ailing Mercedes to take the lead of the race with just three laps remaining. It was a disappointing day at the office for the Silver Arrows – who have won all of the first six races – as both drivers suffered MGU-K problems, suffering from a loss of power and allowing the chasing pack to catch. Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire with his problem but Nico Rosberg was able to drive around his and ultimately finished second. Sebastian Vettel picked up his second podium of the season.

At the start of the race it was business as usual for the Mercedes duo as the pair pulled away from the pack. While Hamilton got the better start, he was unable to make a move on his team-mate stick and so settled for second place in the opening laps. At the back of the pack there was drama as Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi crashed out of the race, bringing out the safety car to recover the stricken Marussias. The incident was deemed to be Chilton’s fault and so he was handed a three-place grid drop for Austria. It also brought an end to his 26 consecutive finishes from his debut at the Australian Grand Prix in 2013. The safety car was out for six laps, but after that the pack were able to get racing again. Hamilton closed on Rosberg but the latter cut across the final chicane as the pressure mounted. It was investigated by the stewards but Rosberg was given a warning and if he did it again he would be penalised. At about half way distance, both Mercedes cars reported loss of power and their pace dropped by three seconds, allowing Felipe Massa to catch and pass the pair of them to take the lead of the race.

Massa had been hoping to make a one stop strategy work but was forced to pit again, which proved advantageous later in the race. Into the last 20 laps or so, Rosberg was holding on to his lead ahead of Force India’s one-stopping Sergio Perez, and the Red Bull duo of Ricciardo and Vettel. Hamilton had been forced to retire on lap 56 due to brake failure, after running wide at the hairpin and cutting chicanes. Ricciardo was ever looming in Perez’s mirrors and the Red Bull driver eventually made a pass and started bearing down on Rosberg. It wasn’t long before Vettel got past too and Perez was left as a sitting duck for pacy Massa who, on much fresher tyres, had pumped in the lap-times and closed onto the back of the battle for second, third and fourth. On the final lap, Perez and Massa had a coming together, which resulted in them both hitting the barriers at high forces – 27G- and being taken to the medical centre for assessments. It was later judged that Perez had moved off his racing line so was given a five place grid penalty for Austria.

As an estactic Ricciardo crossed the line to take his maiden F1 victory – behind the Safety Car – a relieved Rosberg finished second with Vettel in third. Behind them was Jenson Button, who had had a fun last few laps, catching and passing both Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso who finished fifth and sixth respectively. Jean-Eric Vergne came home in eighth with Kevin Magnussen ninth and Kimi Raikkonen tenth. Perez and Massa were classified eleventh and twelfth, ahead of both Saubers who were classified with Adrian Sutil ahead of Esteban Gutierrez. Retirements from the race, along with the Marussia duo and Hamilton, were Marcus Ericsson with a turbo problem, Pastor Maldonado with a power unit problem, Kamui Kobayashi with rear suspension damage, Daniil Kvyat with a broken drive train, and Romain Grosjean with a broken rear wing.

The result let Rosberg extend his gap in the championship over Hamilton to 22 points, with Ricciardo moving into third 39 points back. In the constructors, Red Bull made small gains into Mercedes’ lead, but the Silver Arrows still lead by a significant 119 points. The next race is Austria, with a return to the Red Bull Ring, in two weeks time.

Lewis Hamilton continues domination during Spanish FP2

Lewis Hamilton topped the times for the second free practice session, continuing his domination from FP1. There was drama before the session started as it was revealed that the problem which curtailed Sebastian Vettel’s FP1 was too big to fix ahead of FP2.  The team revealed on Twitter that the wiring loom had been damaged and that “the team will use the time to fix it to be ready for FP3 tomorrow”.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg got out early in the session after missing out on a large chunk of time in first practice. It was the Mercedes duo who set the early pace, with Hamilton once again topping the times ahead of his team-mate. He was soon displaced by the sole Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. Sauber made some changes to both of their cars before sending them out, in particular fixing the brake problems which caused Giedo van der Garde some problems in the first free practice session. Elsewhere Max Chilton had some software issues which confined his car to the garage.When he did get out he lost some of his rear bodywork by going over the kerbs. His session came to an end in the gravel following the chequered flag. He revealed there was nothing wrong with the car, he just locked up. McLaren and Mercedes both carried work out on their cars during the session, with McLaren adding ballast to Jenson Button’s car. Romain Grosjean’s Lotus stopped at the end of the pit-lane after an aborted practice start. The team asked him to stop the car and they came to retrieve him and wheeled him back down the pit-lane. He got out again but was brought in with ten minutes of the session remaining due to problems with their brakes. Team-mate Pastor Maldonado also had a lot of brake dust following a practice pit-stop. Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg complained about lack of grip towards the end of the session. It was a disappointing end of the session for Maldonado and Jean-Eric Vergne. Maldonado returned to the pits with a gearbox problem while Vergne lost a rear tyre on the exit of turn one.

In the second half of the session, teams filled up the cars and started completing some long runs. Hamilton’s pace was much faster than anyone else but it is important to remember that cars will have been running with different fuel loads. As the later lap times were much slower than the laps sent early in the session, it meant that Hamilton’s earlier lap was enough to see him significantly faster than team-mate Rosberg and Ricciardo. Behind that trio was local hero Fernando Alonso who finished ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Next up were the McLaren duo led by Kevin Magnussen who was just a few hundredths ahead of Button. Felipe Massa and Maldonado who finished just behind the McLarens were also within a few hundredths of Magnussen’s time, indicating a close fight in the latter half of the top ten. Daniil Kvyat ended the session in tenth and rounding out the top ten.


Mercedes duo continue domination in Bahrain free practice

The Mercedes duo have continued their domination by topping the times in the first two practice sessions ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton topped both free practice sessions leading team-mate Nico Rosberg by two and three tenths in FP1 and FP2. It was an ominous shot to the chasing teams as Hamilton was over a second faster than Fernando Alonso in the second practice session. Ferrari have a successful history at the Bahrain Grand Prix but initial signs suggest they – and every other team – will be hard pressed to get ahead of Mercedes. Joining the regular race drivers in FP1 were test drivers Felipe Nasr, Giedo van der Garde, and Robin Frijns for Williams, Sauber and Caterham respectively. Nasr was juggling his GP2 commitments with his Williams test driver duties and he set the 13th fastest time in FP1, just five tenths off team-mate Felipe Massa.

Rosberg did have problems in the initial stages of FP1 reporting power issues to the team. The problem did not keep him in the garage for long, however. It was a quiet start to FP1 for most drivers but in the last half an hour all cars took to the track to set some lap times. Ferrari suffered a blunder as they sent Fernando Alonso out with three medium tyres and a soft tyre. In the other Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen was sent airborne after hitting the kerbs – a move that required the team to work on damage to his floor. Despite the mistake it was Alonso who got closest to Mercedes in FP1, finishing four tenths down on Hamilton. Nico Hulkenberg ended the session in fifth ahead of Jenson Button, Raikkonen, Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat, Sergio Perez, and Sebastian Vettel.

Valtteri Bottas, Kamui Kobayashi and Esteban Gutierrez returned to their cars for the second free practice session. This was once again topped by Hamilton, leading the way from Rosberg and Alonso. This time there was a bigger one second gap between Hamilton and Alonso, as the Mercedes stretched its legs and extended the gap to the rest of the field. Rosberg received a reprimand after the session ended due to slowing dramatically and causing Sergio Perez to swerve to avoid him. The session started at the same time as the race will on Sunday with the sun starting to set.

The Toro Rosso duo of Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne had to contend with downshift problems in the early phases of FP2. Drivers also put on the soft tyres to set some faster lap times with Perez setting a fast lap-time before being beaten by Rosberg and then Hamilton. In the second half of the session, however, concentration swapped to higher fuel runs. Yellow flags were brought out for Max Chilton – who stopped due to loss of power and front left brake disc failure – and Adrian Sutil. Ericsson also brought out a yellow flag. Up at the front it was Hamilton leading the way from Rosberg and Alonso. Daniel Ricciardo ended up fourth for Red Bull with Massa fifth, Button sixth, Vettel seventh and Kvyat eighth. Magnussen and Perez rounded out the top ten.


Lewis Hamilton leads the way on day three in Bahrain

Bahrain (1) Day 3 in a Nutshell

Lap Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:34.263
  2. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:34.976
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:37.066
  4. Estiban Gutierrez – Sauber – 1:37.180
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:37.367
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:37.476
  7. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:38.975
  8. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus – 1:39.642
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:40.781
  10. Marcus Ericsson – Caterham – 1:42.130
  11. Max Chilton – Marussia – 1:46.672
  12. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – No Time


  1. Jenson Button – 103
  2. Marcus Ericsson – 98
  3. Estiban Gutierrez – 96
  4. Lewis Hamilton – 67
  5. Felipe Massa – 60
  6. Sergio Perez – 57
  7. Daniil Kvyat – 57
  8. Valtteri Bottas – 55
  9. Kimi Raikkonen – 44
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – 28
  11. Pastor Maldonado – 26
  12. Max Chilton – 4

Red Flags – 3
Total number of laps completed – 695

Mercedes-powered cars (Mercedes, McLaren, Force India and Williams) accounted for 342 of the lap-count. Ferrari powered-cars (Ferrari, Sauber and Marussia) completed 144 laps and Renault-powered cars (Red Bull, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham)  209 laps.


Kevin Magnussen goes fastest on McLaren debut

Jerez Day 3 in a Nutshell


  1. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren – 1:23.276
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:23.700
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.952
  4. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:25.030
  5. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:25.495
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:29.803
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso – 1:29.915
  8. Adrian Sutil – Sauber – 1:30.161
  9. Robin Frijns – Caterham – No Time Set
  10. Max Chilton – Marussia – No Time Set
  11. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – No Time Set


  1. Lewis Hamilton – 62
  2. Fernando Alonso – 58
  3. Kevin Magnussen – 52
  4. Felipe Massa – 47
  5. Jenson Button – 40
  6. Adrian Sutil – 34
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne – 30
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – 17
  9. Robin Frijns – 10
  10. Max Chilton – 5
  11. Daniel Ricciardo – 3

Red Flags – 6
Total number of laps completed – 341 (36.9% of 2013’s third day total)

Kevin Magnussen has topped the third day of the first pre-season test. The rookie driver took over from Jenson Button for the afternoon, and completed 52 laps on the way to the fastest time of the day – and the test – with a 1:23.276.

Felipe Massa got proceedings on the third day off to the start, in his first run with his new team. He was joined out on track in his Williams by Caterham’s new test driver Robin Frijns and his former team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was getting his first go in the F14-T. Jean-Eric Vergne got Toro Rosso up and running, after Daniil Kvyat was forced to sit out the whole day yesterday. Frijns stalled on his return to the pit-lane, bringing the Caterham to a halt.

The first lap-time of the day was a 1:53.181 from Vergne, with times soon dropping to the 1:30s and then the 1:20s. Another driver making his debut for his new team was Adrian Sutil. He got some solid running in before a crash towards the end of the day which caused him to lose his front wing. He revealed afterward that his tyres had lost a lot of temperature on the lap where he crashed, resulting in the car ‘snapping’ and him going off. Alonso caused the first red flag of the day when he stopped out on track. Just over half an hour later the second red flag caused another delay, this time for the smoky Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. The team, who had problems on their first two days, have only accumulated 11 laps from two days of running. For Red Bull it was another disappointing end to the day, with Ricciardo’s first run in the car totaling only three laps.

Elsewhere, Nico Hulkenberg got his first laps on his return to Force India. He brought out the third red flag of the day. After topping the times in the morning, Button handed over the MP4-29 to Magnussen in the afternoon for his first taste of it. Magnussen’s first lap-time as a fully fledged Formula One driver was a 1:31.936 which he soon improved to a 1:29. In the afternoon, Max Chilton gave Marussia its track debut. The car arrived yesterday afternoon after a technical hitch resulted in it being delayed leaving the factory. Chilton completed five laps in the MR03 but set no time as the team shook down the car.

Lewis Hamilton took over the top spot with a 1:23.9 after another healthy amount of laps completed for Mercedes. When Magnussen put on the medium tyres he went fastest of anyone and ended th day top of the pile. Sutil’s aforementioned crash brought out the fourth red flag of the day, followed by Vergne with the fifth. He got going again but came to a stop just half an hour later causing the sixth and final red flag.

The fourth and final day of testing in Jerez will take place tomorrow.

Collective laps so far (by driver):

  1. Nico Rosberg – 97
  2. Jenson Button – 83
  3. Lewis Hamilton – 80
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – 78
  5. Esteban Gutierrez – 60
  6. Fernando Alonso – 58
  7. Kevin Magnussen – 52
  8. Sergio Perez – 48
  9. Felipe Massa – 47
  10. Jean-Eric Vergne – 45
  11. Valtteri Bottas – 42
  12. Adrian Sutil – 34
  13. Nico Hulkenberg – 17
  14. Marcus Ericsson – 12
  15. Sebastian Vettel – 11
  16. Robin Frijns – 10
  17. Max Chilton – 5
  18. Daniel Ricciardo – 3

Collective laps so far (by team):

  1. Mercedes – 177
  2. Ferrari – 136
  3. McLaren – 135
  4. Sauber – 94
  5. Williams – 89
  6. Force India – 65
  7. Toro Rosso – 45
  8. Caterham – 22
  9. Red Bull – 14
  10. Marussia – 5

Collective laps so far (by engine supplier):

  1. Mercedes – four teams – 466
  2. Ferrari – three teams – 235
  3. Renault – three teams – 81

2014: Marussia unveil car and finally make test debut

After a delay which saw them miss Monday and Tuesday, Marussia have finally made their track debut with the MR03, and in doing so have revealed it to the world.

The car, whose conception started early in 2012, has a revised livery and yet another interpretation of the nose regulations. With just a handful of the 11,212 components which made up the MR02 being carried over, the extent of evolution has been huge.

“Through the course of 2012 we analysed every single element of the car – from the tip of the nose to the trailing edge of the rear wing – knowing just how radically different the MR03 would be under such sweeping Technical Regulations,” Chief Designer John McQuilliam said. “We have benefitted enormously from the stability of our design teams, with the same personnel beginning – and now concluding – the process over a 24 month period. I think we can feel justifiably proud of the way we have responded to such a significant challenge and the quality of car we have arrived at with the MR03.”

2014 will also see Marussia benefit from a brand new technical partnership with Ferrari – including the full powertrain. Marussia will also be supplied with an Internal Combustion Engine and ERS (Energy Recovery System), along with full transmission.

“We have nothing but good things to say about our new relationship with Scuderia Ferrari,” Team Principal John Booth said. “They are extremely professional and have been entirely supportive from the beginning. There is excellent co-operation between our two technical groups in all areas of the new relationship and this has made the considerable challenge of integrating a new powertrain a great deal easier.”

Having achieved their 2013 target of finishing tenth in the constructors’ championship, Marussia have chosen to continue with their line-up of Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi.

For more information on the new car, visit Marussia’s website.