Hamilton keeps his cool to win British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton kept his cool in wet-dry conditions to win his home race at Silverstone.

The British Grand Prix was started behind the safety car due to a downpour just half an hour before the race start. Hamilton started from pole position albeit behind the safety car for five laps.

When drivers were finally released to race a number jumped straight into the pit-lane to switch from the full wets to intermediate tyres. The leaders stayed out with Hamilton leading Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen across the line. Drivers found the conditions tricky as many of them encountered aquaplaning.

Pascal Wehrlein aquaplaned at the first corner and was just a passenger as his car became beached in the gravel. This brought out a virtual safety car, neutralising the field and Hamilton, Rosberg and Verstappen used this opportunity to pit.

Hamilton was in control at the front of the race while Rosberg and Verstappen fought for second place, passing each other a number of times. Rosberg was penalised after the race by ten seconds when his team told him information over the radio about how to deal with a gearbox problem. This is not allowed in the current radio regulations. This promoted Verstappen to second while Rosberg maintained third due to the advantage over fourth.

Ricciardo finished fourth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez. Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz also finished in the points in seventh and eighth respectively. Sebastian Vettel endured a difficult afternoon, finishing down in ninth. After being the first driver to switch to slicks he spun into the first corner. He later picked up a penalty for forcing Felipe Massa off the track. Daniil Kvyat was the tenth and final points finisher.

Massa finished 11th ahead of Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso – who had his own off track excursions – Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Nasr. Esteban Gutierrez was the last finisher while Kevin Magnussen was classified but failed to actually cross the line. Jolyon Palmer, Rio Haryanto, Romain Grosjean, and Marcus Ericsson joined Wehrlein on the sidelines.

 

F1 2016: British GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:30.904
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:30.967 – +0.063
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:31.488 – +0.584
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:31.561 – +0.657
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:32.049 – +1.145
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:32.736 – +1.832
  7. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:32.754 – +1.850
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:32.798 – +1.894
  9. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:32.833 – +1.929
  10. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:32.889 – +1.985
  11. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:32.895 – +1.991
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:33.042 – +2.138
  13. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:33.042 – +2.138
  14. Sergio Perez – Force India –  1:33.361 – +2.457
  15. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:33.440 – +2.536
  16. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:33.538 – +2.634
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:33.710 – +2.806
  18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:33.769 – +2.865
  19. Kevin Magnussen – Renault- 1:34.049 – +3.145
  20. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:34.471 – +3.567
  21. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:34.551 – +3.647
  22. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:34.658 – +3.754

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:30.904
  2. Red Bull – 1:31.488 – +0.584
  3. Ferrari – 1:32.049 – +1.145
  4. Williams – 1:32.736 – +1.832
  5. McLaren – 1:32.754 – +1.850
  6. Force India – 1:32.798 – +1.894
  7. Toro Rosso – 1:32.889 – +1.985
  8. Haas – 1:32.895 – +1.991
  9. Sauber – 1:33.710 – +2.806
  10. Renault – 1:33.769 – +2.865
  11. Manor – 1:34.551 – +3.647

Laps

Drivers

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

Teams

  1. Williams – 29
  2. Mercedes – 28
  3. Force India – 27
  4. Manor – 25
  5. Haas – 25
  6. Ferrari – 23
  7. Renault – 23
  8. McLaren – 22
  9. Toro Rosso – 20
  10. Sauber – 17
  11. Red Bull – 13

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?

F1 2016: British Grand Prix Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the British Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Hard Medium Soft
Lewis Hamilton 1 5 7
Nico Rosberg 1 5 7
Sebastian Vettel 2 3 8
Kimi Raikkonen 2 3 8
Valtteri Bottas 1 5 7
Felipe Massa 1 5 7
Daniel Ricciardo 2 4 7
Max Verstappen 2 4 7
Kevin Magnussen 1 5 7
Jolyon Palmer 1 5 7
Nico Hulkenberg 3 4 6
Sergio Perez 3 4 6
Daniil Kvyat 2 3 8
Carlos Sainz 2 3 8
Fernando Alonso 1 5 7
Jenson Button 1 5 7
Marcus Ericsson 1 3 9
Felipe Nasr 1 3 9
Pascal Wehrlein 1 5 7
Rio Haryanto 1 5 7
Romain Grosjean 2 4 7
Esteban Gutierrez 1 5 7

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.

 

Lewis Hamilton notches up third home win at British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix for the third time following a fortuitous pit-stop decision that saw him swap to intermediate tyres at just the right time.

Hamilton was joined on the podium by team-mate Nico Rosberg while Sebastian Vettel also benefited from a well timed pit-stop to join the Mercedes duo on the podium once again.

It was a race of mixed conditions – largely dry until a couple of rain showers towards the end. Off the line the Mercedes duo were caught out by both Williams drivers, who had locked out the second row of the grid after Hamilton secured pole position by just a tenth from his team-mate. Felipe Massa took the race lead off the line while Valtteri Bottas slotted into second before running too wide and opening the door for Hamilton to get back ahead. The battle at the front was called off following the deployment of the safety car at the end of the first lap.

The safety car was brought out due to an incident which saw both Lotus drivers and Jenson Button retire. Daniel Ricciardo tagged Romain Grosjean, sending the Lotus driver into his team-mate Pastor Maldonado. As Fernando Alonso attempted to avoid the pair he collected his own team-mate, resulting in Button retiring from the race. The incident was investigated after the race but no further action was taken. Ricciardo later retired from the race due to an engine problem while Alonso went on to score his first point of the season. The safety car returned to the pits at the end of lap three and racing resumed. Hamilton attempted to pass Massa but locked up and gave Bottas the opportunity to get back ahead.

Massa and Bottas were asked not to fight each other but Bottas believed he had the speed to pull away from the chasing Mercedes duo. Hamilton’s pit stop strategy allowed him to leap frog Massa and take the lead of the race. There was a brief period under Virtual Safety Car conditions to allow marshals to retrieve Carlos Sainz’s stricken Toro Rosso.  Light rain started to fall around lap 36 of the race and some drivers – including Kimi Raikkonen, Marcus Ericsson, and Alonso – chose to go straight onto the intermediate tyres. The conditions proved not to warrant the change and Ericsson was unfortunate to pit again for slicks when heavier rain started to fall. In the changeable conditions Rosberg launched a charge on team-mate, slashing the gap. Hamilton reported he had no grip and pitted for intermediate tyres, a decision which proved to pay off when the rain got heavier. Vettel also pitted and went from sixth to third.

There were six retirements from the race in total along with Felipe Nasr who failed to make the start due to a gearbox failure on his out-lap to the grid. Sainz, Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Maldonado, Grosjean, and Button were the other retirements from the race. At the front the top three were followed by the Williams duo, perhaps ruing a lost opportunity to fight for the win. Daniil Kvyat was sixth, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in seventh, Raikkonen eighth, Sergio Perez ninth and Alonso tenth. Ericsson, Roberto Merhi, and Will Stevens also finished the race, although the latter lost his front wing after clipping the barrier but returned to the pits and continued.

Following the cancellation of the German Grand Prix the next action will take place in three weeks time in Hungary.

2015: British GP Preview

It’s the British Grand Prix this weekend and, with seven of the ten teams on the grid based in the UK, it is one of the biggest events on the Formula One calendar. The Force India team are based in Silverstone while it is also the home race for Jenson Button, Will Stevens and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Last time out Nico Rosberg won, cutting the gap to Hamilton in the drivers championship to just 10 points. Felipe Massa finished in third for Williams in a repeat of their podium finish there last year in Austria.

The British Grand Prix held at Silverstone is full throttle for over 60% of the lap and it is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar. The track requires medium to high downforce and features a mixture of high and low speed corners. Pirelli are bringing the medium and hard tyres for the weekend.

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: Medium and Hard

Last year’s race was won by Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo also on the podium. There was a big accident on the first lap as Kimi Raikkonen spun across the track and collected Felipe Massa which resulted in a red flag as the barriers needed repairing. Raikkonen had a first lap accident in Austria, this time collecting Fernando Alonso, bringing an end to both of their races. At a time when his future in the sport is under intense scrutiny, Raikkonen will be hoping to have a better weekend this time out. Rosberg retired from last year’s race with a gearbox issue.

Button was another retirement from the Austrian Grand Prix, as McLaren brought his car in as a precaution. He will be hoping for a better showing for McLaren at his home race. Stevens will be making his first home appearance for Manor in an F1 race.