Tag: Sebastian Vettel

2017: Australian GP Round-Up

Free Practice 1

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:24.220
  2. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.803 – +0.583
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.886 – +0.666
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.246 – +1.026
  5. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:25.372 – +1.152
  6. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:25.464 – +1.244
  7. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.142 – +1.922
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:26.168 – +1.948
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:26.183 – +1.963
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:26.276 – +2.056

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in the opening practice session of 2017, beating new team-mate Valtteri Bottas by half a second. Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull. Mercedes were the only team to use the Ultrasoft tyres.

Free Practice 2

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.620
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:24.167 – +0.547
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.176 – +0.556
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.525 – +0.905
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.650 – +1.030
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.013 – +1.393
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.084 – +1.464
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.436 – +1.816
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.478 – +1.858
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:25.493 – +1.873

Lewis Hamilton maintained his five tenths advantage but this time it was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in second. Valtteri Bottas ended the session in third. Jolyon Palmer brought out red flags by crashing at the final corner in the first half of the session. Marcus Ericsson and Max Verstappen also had off track excursions while Felipe Massa’s Williams stopped out on track.

Free Practice 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.380
  2. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.859 – +0.479
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.870 – +0.490
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.988 – +0.608
  5. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.063 – +1.683
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:25.092 – +1.712
  7. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.581 – +2.201
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.948 – +2.568
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:26.049 – +2.669
  10. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:26.138 – +2.758

Sebastian Vettel seized the advantage in the third and final practice session. The Ferrari driver broke the lap record, going four tenths faster than Valtteri Bottas. Antonio Giovinazzi was a last minute replacement at Sauber with Pascal Wehrlein withdrawing from the remainder of the weekend.

Qualifying

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.188
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:22.456
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:22.481
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.033
  5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:23.485
  6. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:24.074
  7. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:24.443
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.487
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:24.512
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – No Time Set

Lewis Hamilton secured the first pole position of the season with a lap-time nearly three tenths faster than Sebastian Vettel. Antonio Giovinazzi, Kevin Magnussen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Lance Stroll and Jolyon Palmer dropped out in Q1 – from 16th to 20th respectively. Sergio Perez narrowly missed out on a spot in Q3 out-qualifying former team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon and Marcus Ericsson. There was disappointment for local hero Daniel Ricciardo in Q3 who crashed out leading to a subsequent five place grid penalty for a new gearbox. Hamilton was fastest having already secured provisional pole. Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, Carlos Sainz, and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten.

The Race

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Valtteri Bottas
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Max Verstappen
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Sergio Perez
  8. Carlos Sainz
  9. Daniil Kvyat
  10. Esteban Ocon
  11. Nico Hulkenberg
  12. Antonio Giovinazzi
  13. Stoffel Vandoorne

Sebastian Vettel took his first victory since 2015, beating pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ new recruit Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton kept in front when the lights went out but was unable to drop Vettel. It was the Ferrari driver who took the lead when he stayed out longer before making his first pit stop. Eventually Vettel’s advantage was nine seconds as he crossed the line to win with Mercedes unable to fight back. Hamilton finished second ahead of Bottas who had a late charge. Kimi Raikkonen was a distant fourth for Ferrari with Max Verstappen fifth and Felipe Massa sixth. Massa was the last of the unlapped runners with Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, and Daniil Kvyat seventh, eighth and ninth respectively. Esteban Ocon was the tenth and final points scorer.

Nico Hulkenberg finished 11th ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi and Stoffel Vandoorne who was the last finisher. Fernando Alonso retired with suspension issues on the 50th lap having run in a points paying position for a lot of the race in tenth. Kevin Magnussen retired having had an eventful race which started with a collision with Marcus Ericsson. Lance Stroll’s F1 debut came to a premature end after 40 laps with Daniel Ricciardo also retiring having started the race from the pit-lane a couple of laps down. Marcus Ericsson, Jolyon Palmer, and Romain Grosjean also retired.

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Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP as Nico Rosberg becomes World Champion

Lewis Hamilton has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but it was not enough to prevent Nico Rosberg becoming world champion.

Rosberg held off a late charge from Sebastian Vettel – who finished third – to become 2016 world champion. Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack, despite numerous calls from the pit wall to pick up his pace, but Rosberg was able to remain in second place. He crossed the line just four tenths off his team-mate with Vettel just four tenths further back on him.

Max Verstappen recovered from a lap one spin to make a different strategy work to finish in fourth, ahead of his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Kimi Raikkonen was a distant sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Felipe Massa ended his F1 career with two points ahead of Fernando Alonso who finished in tenth.

Romain Grosjean finished in 11th place ahead of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, Esteban Ocon, and Pascal Wehrlein. Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and a penalised Jolyon Palmer were the remaining finishers. Palmer was given a five second time penalty for crashing into Carlos Sainz and ending his race.

Joining Sainz on the sidelines were team-mate Daniil Kvyat, Valtteri Bottas, and Kevin Magnussen. Jenson Button suffered disappointment on his last Grand Prix appearance when his front suspension broke, bringing a premature end to his race.

At the front, defiant Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack but Rosberg withstood the pressure and finished where he needed to to become world champion. It is 34 years since his father Keke Rosberg won the world championship and they become one of only two father-son world champions. The other father-son world champions are of course Graham and Damon Hill.

 

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

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

F1 2016: Brazilian GP Preview

The 2016 Formula One grid features five world champions – Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, and Sebastian Vettel. All five have won one or more of their championships at Brazil and this weekend could see a new champion crowned in the form of Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg currently has a 19 point lead over team-mate and a victory in Sao Paulo will see him become World Champion, regardless of what Hamilton does. There are a number of other ways that Rosberg can become champion as well but he can’t win it if Hamilton wins the race.

Circuit: Autodromo José Carlos Pace
Number of Laps: 71
Circuit Length: 4.309km
Number of Corners: 15
Lap Record: 1:11.473 Juan Pablo Montoya 2004
Previous Brazil winners still on the grid: 5
Most Successful Team: McLaren (12 victories)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Hard, Medium and Soft

The Autodromo José Carlos Pace features a number of elevation changes and a number of bumps making it a unique challenge for teams and drivers alike. Throw in often mixed weather conditions and some areas with little run off area and it normally throws up an exciting race. The race no longer hosts the final race of the season – that will be held in Abu Dhabi – but this year’s championship can still be won there as it has so many times before.

It is quite a flowing track meaning that brake wear is low while there is a high demand on ERS deployment. Drivers will change gear approximately 42 times per lap and will sit at full throttle for 60%. It is quite a short circuit meaning drivers will circulate 71 times during the race. There is also a high possibility of safety cars.

In the run up to this year’s race a number of pieces of the 2017 jigsaw have fallen into place. Renault have confirmed that Jolyon Palmer will remain next season to partner Nico Hulkenberg. Kevin Magnussen is expected to sign for Haas – with Esteban Gutierrez recently confirming his departure from the team. Esteban Ocon will move from Manor to Force India to partner Sergio Perez. This leaves just Sauber and Manor to confirm their driver line-ups for next year.

In qualifying, a few teams still have finely poised head-to-head battles between their drivers. In the qualifying head-to-heads Hamilton, Vettel, and Hulkenberg all lead their mates 10-9 so with two races remaining can still be beaten.

This weekend will also be special for Felipe Massa as he prepares to retire from Formula One at the end of the year. He has won his home race once before – a bittersweet victory in 2008. He crossed the line in first and for a few seconds he had done enough to win the world championship, until Lewis Hamilton did enough to become champion by finishing fifth. It was a highly emotional podium for Massa in front of his home crowd which he handled with dignity. It would be a fitting end to his career to have one last podium at home.

 

Lewis Hamilton keeps title hopes alive with a win in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton kept his title hopes alive with a win in Mexico, beating team-mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg. They were joined on the podium by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel however he later lost it due to a penalty.

The Mercedes driver started from pole position and nearly lost out when he was forced to cut the corner at turn one. He maintained the lead while Nico Rosberg also went wide to avoid contact with Max Verstappen.

Pascal Wehrlein was an early retirement from the race having been tagged which resulted in the Virtual Safety Car. A number of drivers took this opportunity to pit and get rid of the supersoft tyres.

The race settled down in the middle and the focus instead turned to frustrated drivers’ radio messages – namely Vettel. After charging down Verstappen he failed to pass, with Verstappen locking up heavily and cutting across turn one. Vettel felt he had gained an unfair advantage but Verstappen did not give the place back. This led to an expletive filled radio message from the Ferrari driver.

Verstappen was handed a post-race five second penalty resulting in him dropping to fifth. He was in the podium room when it happened and Vettel had to make a last minute dash to make it to the podium. However, later on Vettel was given his own time penalty for a move he pulled on Ricciardo giving the Australian driver the podium eventually.

The final order was Hamilton, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Verstappen and Vettel in the top five. Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas. Felipe Massa had local favourite Sergio Perez behind him for most of the race and he kept them there as they crossed the line to round out the points finishers.

Marcus Ericsson was 11th ahead of Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen. Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez, Romain Grosjean and Esteban Ocon were the remaining finishers.

As the title fight heads to Brazil, Rosberg has a 19 point lead and can become champion with a win.

F1 2016: Mexican GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Drivers

Times

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.790
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:19.794 – +0.004
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:20.225 – +0.435
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.259 – +0.469
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:20.448 – +0.658
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:20.574 – +0.784
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:20.619 – +0.829
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:20.629 – +0.839
  9. Carlos Sainz  – Toro Rosso – 1:20.974 – +1.184
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:21.003 – +1.213
  11. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:21.193 – +1.403
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:21.198 – +1.408
  13. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:21.326 – +1.536
  14. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:21.442 – +1.652
  15. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:21.579 – +1.789
  16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.785 – +1.995
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:21.980 – +2.190
  18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.997 – +2.207
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:22.037 – +2.247
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.105 – +2.315
  21. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:22.298 – +2.508
  22. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:22.408 – +2.618

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:19.790
  2. Mercedes – 1:19.794 – +0.004
  3. Red Bull – 1:20.448 – +0.658
  4. Force India – 1:20.574 – +0.784
  5. Williams – 1:20.629 – +0.839
  6. Toro Rosso – 1:20.974 – +1.184
  7. McLaren – 1:21.003 – +1.213
  8. Renault – 1:21.442 – +1.652
  9. Manor – 1:21.980 – +2.190
  10. Sauber – 1:21.997 – +2.207
  11. Haas – 1:22.105 – +2.315

Laps

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 47
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 46
  3. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 46
  4. Felipe Massa – Williams – 45
  5. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 44
  6. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 44
  7. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 43
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 43
  9. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 43
  10. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 42
  11. Pascal Werhlein – Manor – 42
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 42
  13. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 41
  14. Sergio Perez – Force India – 31
  15. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 39
  16. Jenson Button – McLaren – 39
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 39
  18. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 37
  19. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 37
  20. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 33
  21. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 25
  22. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 14

Teams

  1. Williams – 86
  2. Manor – 86
  3. Red Bull – 85
  4. Sauber – 85
  5. Ferrari – 84
  6. Toro Rosso – 84
  7. Mercedes – 83
  8. Renault – 83
  9. Force India – 74
  10. McLaren – 64
  11. Haas – 47

F1 2016: Malaysia GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:32.850
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:33.264
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:33.420
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:33.467
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:33.584
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:33.632
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:34.319
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:34.489
  9. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:34.518
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:34.671
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:34.577
  12. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:35.001
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:35.097
  14. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:35.277
  15. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:35.369
  16. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:35.374
  17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:35.816
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:35.949
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:35.999
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:36.451
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:36.587
  22. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:37.155

Laps

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