F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – FP3 Times & Laps

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Times

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:40.775
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:40.912 – +0.137
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:40.999 – +0.224
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:41.065 – +0.290
  5. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:41.168 – +0.393
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:41.831 – +1.056
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:41.885 – +1.110
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:42.067 – +1.292
  9. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:42.076 – +1.301
  10. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:42.354 – +1.579
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:42.585 – +1.810
  12. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:42.616 – +1.841
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:42.664 – +1.889
  14. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:42.683 – +1.908
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:42.805 – +2.030
  16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:43.057 – +2.282
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:43.057 – +2.370
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:43.301 – +2.526
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:43.417 – +2.642
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:43.733 – +2.958
  21. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:44.105 – +3.330
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:44.238 – +3.463

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:40.775
  2. Red Bull – 1:40.912 – +0.137
  3. Mercedes – 1:41.065 – +0.290
  4. Force India – 1:41.885 – +1.110
  5. Williams – 1:42.076 – +1.301
  6. Haas – 1:42.354 – +1.579
  7. McLaren – 1:42.585 – +1.810
  8. Renault – 1:42.616 – +1.841
  9. Manor – 1:43.057 – +2.370
  10. Toro Rosso – 1:43.301 – +2.526
  11. Sauber – 1:43.417 – +2.642

Laps

Drivers

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

Teams

  1. Sauber – 40
  2. Red Bull – 39
  3. Williams – 37
  4. Renault – 34
  5. Mercedes – 32
  6. Haas – 31
  7. Force India – 30
  8. Manor – 30
  9. Ferrari – 28
  10. McLaren – 27
  11. Toro Rosso – 21
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F1 2016: Singapore GP – FP3 Times & Laps

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Times

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:44.352
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:44.411 – +0.059
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:44.860 – +0.508
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:44.903 – +0.551
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:45.104 – +0.752
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:45.316 – +0.964
  7. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:45.503 – +1.151
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:45.806 – +1.454
  9. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:45.879 – +1.527
  10. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:45.947 – +1.595
  11. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:46.112 – +1.760
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:46.164 – +1.812
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:46.316 – +1.964
  14. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:46.529 – +2.177
  15. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:47.116 – +2.764
  16. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:47.277 – +2.925
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:47.293 – +2.941
  18. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:47.411 – +3.059
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:47.956 – +3.604
  20. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:48.689 – +4.337
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:49.201 – +4.849
  22. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:49.565 – +5.213

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:44.352
  2. Red Bull – 1:44.411 – +0.059
  3. Ferrari – 1:44.860 – +0.508
  4. Force India – 1:45.316 – +0.964
  5. Toro Rosso – 1:45.503 – +1.151
  6. Williams – 1:45.947 – +1.595
  7. McLaren – 1:46.164 – +1.812
  8. Haas – 1:46.316 – +1.964
  9. Renault – 1:47.116 – +2.764
  10. Sauber – 1:47.293 – +2.941
  11. Manor – 1:49.201 – +4.849

Laps

Drivers

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

Teams

  1. Sauber – 38
  2. Haas – 36
  3. Toro Rosso – 36
  4. Williams – 33
  5. McLaren – 29
  6. Ferrari – 28
  7. Force India – 28
  8. Red Bull – 27
  9. Mercedes – 24
  10. Renault – 24
  11. Manor – 24

Felipe Massa announces retirement from Formula One

Felipe Massa has announced his retirement from Formula One at a press conference in Monza.

The Brazilian driver – who made his debut in 2002 – has enjoyed a 14 year career in the sport racing for Sauber, Ferrari and Williams. He will retire from Formula One at the end of the 2016 season.

Veteran of 244 races (242 starts) Massa has enjoyed 11 wins, 41 podiums, and 16 pole positions over the course of his career to date. In 2008 he finished second in the world championship – his best result – narrowly missing out on being crowned champion by just a single point. He celebrated his 200th race at the British Grand Prix in 2014 and currently lies ninth in the all time list of race entries.

Making his debut in 2002, Massa started driving in Formula One for Sauber finishing 13th in the championship and scoring four points. In 2003 he took a year out from racing to become a Ferrari test driver – the start of his long term relationship with the Scuderia. He returned to a race seat with Sauber for 2004 and 2005 before making his debut with Ferrari as a race driver in 2006. He finished third in the championship and picked up his first two wins in the sport – at the Turkish Grand Prix and his home race in Brazil.

He raced with Ferrari for eight seasons – becoming one of just a handful of drivers to race over 100 Grand Prix for one team – racking up 139 races. He missed the latter half of the 2009 season after suffering a nasty accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix when he sustained a head injury. An errant spring came off the back of fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello’s car and hit Massa.

Massa made his return in 2010, finishing sixth in the championship. In 2014 Massa made the switch to Williams where his most recent podium came at last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

After his long spell at Ferrari it is apt he has announced his retirement at the Italian Grand Prix, home of the passionate Tifosi where ten years earlier Massa’s team-mate Michael Schumacher announced his own retirement. Massa may have never won the world championship but he has had a very successful Formula One career and hopefully he’ll be able to go out on a high.

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.

F1 2016: Canadian GP – FP3 Times & Laps

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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: Monaco Grand Prix Preview

Formula One heads to the streets of Monte Carlo for the next round of the Formula One world championship.

The talking point after the Spanish Grand Prix was of course Formula One’s brand new race winner – Max Verstappen. He drove a faultless drive and capitalised when the Mercedes duo broke the cardinal rule of F1 – don’t crash into your team-mate. The Silver Arrows’ race came to a very premature end when Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton made contact at the fourth corner, spearing them both into the gravel trap and into early retirement from the race.

The prestigious Monaco Grand Prix is like no other on the calendar and is considered the jewel in the Formula One crown. Taking place on the tight and twisty streets of Monte Carlo, with Armco barriers just inches away, it is a race drivers particularly want to win. Like the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying is crucial around here although, while difficult, overtaking is not completely impossible.

Circuit: Circuit de Monaco
Number of Laps: 78
Circuit Length: 3.337km
Number of Corners: 19
Lap Record: 1:14.439 Michael Schumacher 2004
Previous Monaco winners still on the grid: 6
Most Successful Team: McLaren (15 wins)
DRS Zones: 1
Pirelli Tyres: Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft

As Jenson Button explains Monaco requires a unique set-up like no other. The track requires “more traction, high downforce, more steering angle [and] softer suspension” for the cars. With the close nature of the barriers drivers require 100% focus because one little mistake could cost a retirement.

Pirelli are bringing their new Ultrasoft tyre compound to this race and it has been favoured by all teams and drivers in their selections.

Nico Rosberg is the form man in Monaco winning the past three events there. He also won the first four races of the year and could have made it five last time out in Spain. While Lewis Hamilton had sat in second place in the championship, that spot is currently filled by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who finished second in Spain. Rosberg leads on 100 points with Raikkonen on 61 and Hamilton on 57. Last year in Monaco Hamilton had built up a significant lead before a pit-stop gaffe cost him the victory as well as second place.

Monaco is a race which can see the order mixed up moreso than at any other circuit during the year. This means there is an opportunity for points for teams who may not necessarily always be fighting for them. Sauber and Renault are the only two teams yet to score any points so far this year.

 

 

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.