Tag: Spanish GP

F1 2016: Spanish GP – Qualifying Times & Laps


  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.000
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:22.280
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:22.680
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:23.087
  5. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.113
  6. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.334
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:23.522
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:23.643
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:23.782
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:23.981
  11. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:24.203
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:24.348
  13. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:24.445
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:24.480
  15. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:24.625
  16. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:24.778
  17. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:24.903
  18. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:24.941
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:25.202
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:25.579
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:25.745
  22. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:25.939


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

F1 2016: Spanish GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2



  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


  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



  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


  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

F1 2016: Spanish GP – FP1 Times & Laps

Free Practice 1



  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.951
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.089 – +0.138s
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:24.454 – +0.503s
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:24.611 – +0.660s
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:25.416 – +1.465s
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.585 – +1.634s
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:25.672 – +1.721s
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:26.078 – +2.127s
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.186 – +2.235s
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:26.243 – +2.292s
  11. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:26.576 – +2.625s
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:26.583 – +2.632s
  13. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:26.938 – +2.987s
  14. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:27.064 – +3.113s
  15. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:27.253 – +3.302s
  16. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:27.258 – +3.307s
  17. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:27.283 – +3.332s
  18. Marcus Ericcson – Sauber – 1:27.392 – +3.441s
  19. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:27.610 – +3.659s
  20. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:28.084 – +4.133s
  21. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:29.052 – +5.101s
  22. Esteban Ocon – Renault – No Time Set


  1. Ferrari – 1:23.951
  2. Mercedes – 1:24.454 – +0.503s
  3. Red Bull – 1:25.416 – +1.465s
  4. Williams – 1:25.672 – +1.721s
  5. Toro Rosso – 1:26.078 – +2.127s
  6. McLaren – 1:26.243 – +2.292s
  7. Renault – 1:26.576 – +2.625s
  8. Force India – 1:26.938  – +2.987s
  9. Sauber – 1:27.253 – +3.302s
  10. Haas – 1:27.258 – +3.307s
  11. Manor – 1:28.084 – +4.133s



  1. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 36
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 34
  3. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 34
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 33
  5. Felipe Massa – Williams – 32
  6. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 30
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 29
  8. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 29
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 27
  10. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 27
  11. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull  – 25
  12. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 24
  13. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 22
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 21
  15. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 19
  16. Jenson Button – McLaren – 19
  17. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 18
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 18
  19. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 18
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 17
  21. Sergio Perez – Force India – 9
  22. Esteban Ocon – Renault – 6


  1. Williams – 68
  2. Mercedes – 67
  3. Manor – 63
  4. Red Bull – 54
  5. Sauber – 51
  6. Ferrari – 40
  7. Toro Rosso – 40
  8. McLaren – 37
  9. Renault – 36
  10. Force India – 36
  11. Haas – 35

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.

Scrutineering: Professor Sid Watkins OBE

The Scrutineering feature is about looking closely at a particular driver, team, or personality in motorsport – looking in depth at their career, their season so far (if they’re still competing or play a role), and featuring views from the fans. However, this week’s edition will be slightly different, as Scrutineering takes a look at Professor Sid Watkins OBE as a tribute

Professor Eric Sidney Watkins OBE

(6th September 1928 – 12th September 2012)

The Formula One world was saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Sid Watkins on September 12th 2012. When the news broke Formula One drivers, team personnel, people involved with the sport, and the fans took to social networking site Twitter to pay their respects and leave tributes to the man who has done so much for the sport over the past thirty or so years. Professor Sid Watkins, or the Prof as he was affectionately known in the paddock, was a pioneer for safety and the treatment of drivers after accidents and it is because of him that the sport has seen no fatalities since 1994 – a fitting legacy in itself. After training as a neurosurgeon, he became the Formula One race doctor in 1978, and his first significant work came at the 1978 Italian GP. Ronnie Peterson was involved in an accident which saw his car engulfed in flames. He was aided by other drivers who had arrived on the scene, but by the time Watkins had got there the police had formed a barrier preventing anyone reaching Peterson, and Watkins was delayed in providing treatment. Peterson died in hospital the next day and this proved to be a trigger of a revolution for the way in which these events are handled in Formula One.

After this tragic event Watkins moved to demand better facilities – he wanted an anaesthetist, a medical car, and a MedEvac helicopter meaning that drivers could be reached and transported quickly, which could mean the difference between life or death. Today we still see the medical car line up behind the cars on the grid, incase there are any first lap or turn one accidents. Otherwise the medical car waits, during the race, at the end of the pit-lane, with the FIA’s chief medical delegate Dr Garry Hartstein on board. In 1980 permanent medical facilities at all race tracks became compulsory. In 1981, Watkins was appointed President of the newly formed Medical Commission. His job did not come without its own risks however, after he hurt his hands trying to save Riccardo Paletti at the 1982 Canadian GP when his car caught fire.

The 1994 San Marino GP at Imola was to be where everything changed for safety in Formula One. There were two, nearly three, fatal crashes that weekend which claimed the lives of Roland Ratzenberger and Watkins’ close friend Ayrton Senna. He saved Rubens Barrichello who also crashed. After that weekend the FIA set up the Expert Advisory Safety Committee, of which Watkins became chairman, and a decade later in 2004, three groups were merged to make the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety, with Watkins becoming President. There have been no fatalities in Formula One since that fateful weekend in 1994, and this can be put down to the work that not only Watkins pioneered, but with support from the likes of Jackie Stewart, Max Moseley and Bernie Ecclestone. We only have to look at Robert Kubica’s 2007 crash at the Canadian GP, Heikki Kovalainen’s crash at the 2008 Spanish GP, Mark Webber taking off during the 2010 European GP, and Fernando Alonso’s near miss at Spa in 2012, to name but a few in the last decade, where drivers have walked away with nothing more than minor injuries. That is a real testament to how far safety has come in Formula One, which is majorly down to the work of Watkins. Over the years, he has helped save many lives including Barrichello as stated above, but also Mika Hakkinen, Martin Donnelly, and Gerhard Berger, amongst others. Jenson Button recalled how, after he crashed heavily in Monaco in 2003, he woke up and saw Watkins looking at him and he “suddenly felt a lot more at ease and a lot more comfortable in his presence”.

Watkins only stepped down from his role as President of the FIA Institute of Motor Sport Safety in 2011, aged 83, but continued in an honorary role. He was awarded an OBE in 2002 and given an award for ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to the Motor Sport Industry’ in 2005, as well as the FIA Academy Gold Medal for Motor Sport at the FIA Gala prize-giving ceremony in 2011. His accolades are not only recent, however, as he was presented with a trophy in 1985 from the drivers which read:

“To the Prof, our thanks for your invaluable contribution to Formula One. Nice to know you are there”. 

as well as the Mario Andretti Award for Medical Excellence in 1996.

After his retirement a bronze bust of him was commissioned, which was displayed along with a book of condolences which the Formula One world could sign, at the Singapore GP. Before the race itself there was a minute silence for ‘the Prof’ while Sky Sports F1 and BBC both had moving tributes to him during their build up. After he won the race, Sebastian Vettel, who started racing after Watkins had retired from his medical positions within the FIA, dedicated his win to him stating “it’s thanks to all the work he [Watkins] did to bring safety advancements to the sport that we can race on circuits like this. He pushed the boundaries in terms of safety for all of us, so a big thank you to him”. It is not only drivers who have paid their tributes, with fans saying he “seemed to have a good relationship with drivers – nice to see so much respect for one man” and “his push for safety has made F1 what it is today and that is very admirable”. Watkins appeared at the British GP earlier in the season and was interviewed by both BBC and Sky, and it was to Martin Brundle he said the following:

Well as Bernie said, I worked myself out of a job

And it is for that we are all eternally grateful. RIP Professor Eric Sidney Watkins OBE.


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How to win a Formula One race in 2012

The 2012 Formula One season is proving to be unpredictable and incredibly difficult to call with six different winners from the first six races, not to mention ten different drivers on the podium from seven different teams. Considering only five drivers won in the whole of 2011 with Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari dominating the podium (apart from two secured by Renault) the two seasons are already incredibly contrasting even though there has only been just over a quarter of 2012. Already a number of pundits are stressing that “consistency” in a year like this is key, and that it is – Fernando Alonso has consistently scored points in every race so far and leads the championship. Lewis Hamilton is the only other driver to score at every round, but a couple of eighth place finishes and no wins, mean that he sits in fourth place and lags behind Alonso in the championship by thirteen points at this stage. But, how do you go about winning a race in this crazy season? The answer is simple: keep a low profile. Don’t believe me? The evidence is all there.

Race winner: Jenson Button

Pre-season testing as usual presented the F1 world with a number of questions about the form of the teams. Who would come out on top? Who would struggle? McLaren certainly seemed like the team to beat going into round one and they started the season with a front row lock-out in qualifying with Lewis Hamilton on pole position. All eyes were on Hamilton to take the first win of the season but it was his team-mate who availed with Sebastian Vettel rising from sixth on the grid to take second while Hamilton slipped to third. It was the right team that won, but not necessarily the expected driver.

Race winner: Fernando Alonso

After a strong showing in Australia, McLaren were definitely the favourites going into the Malaysian GP. The Ferrari on the other hand looked to be a real handful, despite the fact Fernando Alonso finished the Australian GP in fifth. If anyone predicted the race result for this race, well they should be playing the lottery, because that is exactly what it was.    Alonso won with Sergio Perez in second. A Ferrari and a Sauber on the top two steps of the podium, with Lewis Hamilton (who was once again the lead driver in a McLaren front row lock-out) in third. No-one saw that coming!

Race winner: Nico Rosberg

For the first two rounds Mercedes looked fast in qualifying, but their race pace seemed to disappear. Fernando Alonso had won last time out, and despite the fact that Ferrari felt the damp conditions had flattered their car, there was still talk of whether or not they could do it again. McLaren were still there or there abouts with Lotus threatening to be quick, but it was Nico Rosberg who snatched pole position and lined up beside his team-mate (because of a Lewis Hamilton gearbox penalty). Rosberg went on to win the race, despite rumblings of dismissal from people who thought that once again Mercedes’ form would fade.

Race winner: Sebastian Vettel

With three different race winners from three races, predicting the next winner became increasingly difficult. After a win for Nico Rosberg in China he was the prime candidate to make it two wins. 2010 and 2011 world champion Sebastian Vettel was languishing a bit further down the order than he was used to and had been beaten by his team-mate in qualifying. He took a surprising pole and went on to win the race to make it four different winners from four races – not an entirely unexpected win, but not exactly the driver that had been touted for Bahrain.

Race winner: Pastor Maldonado

Lotus secured a double podium in Bahrain, with Kimi Räikkönen coming close to a race win, but not quite close enough. During free practice for the Spanish GP, Sky commentators David Croft and Anthony Davidson confidently stated that Lotus were the fastest car in terms of race pace and would be the team to beat, for sure. What happened? Pastor Maldonado took pole (after Lewis Hamilton was sent to the back of the grid) and he won the race – despite assumptions that Fernando Alonso would easily jump him and win. Räikkönen  was on the podium but it wasn’t a win.

Race winner: Mark Webber

After his win in Spain and because he stated that Monaco was his favourite race, people were touting Pastor Maldonado for a second win of the season. Other names in the frame included Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Räikkönen, and Romain Grosjean. Red Bull had won the last two Monaco GPs but it was generally reckoned that it would probably be a Lotus or McLaren victory. Who won? Mark Webber. Grosjean and Maldonado failed to complete a lap, Hamilton slipped to fifth, and Räikkönen finished a disappointing ninth. Once again the victor was not who everyone expected.

Race winner: ???

Not long after the chequered flag fell in Monaco I saw a headline stating Jaime Alguersuari had said Lotus were the team to beat in Canada – that’s them out then. Lewis Hamilton has won twice here before (including his first ever F1 win) so he probably won’t win. Michael Schumacher has won in Canada seven times, drives car number seven, has seven world championships and this is round seven – yeah, he probably won’t win either. Red Bull’s floor was deemed to be illegal so they’re changing it – they’ll probably win amidst the controversy. Or not now that I’ve said it. Who knows?

So there you go – don’t become a ‘favourite’ for the win and it seems that you then win. Don’t get me wrong, I am not taking anything away from the six drivers who have won already. All of their wins were great in their own ways. This is just a general observation, and really a little bit of fun. The season has been thrilling so far and it would be great to see more drivers win!

The Spanish GP in Numbers

Statistics from the Spanish GP weekend

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Kamui Kobayashi 168
Nico Rosberg 168
Pastor Maldonado 157
Kimi Räikkönen 156
Jenson Button 154
Daniel Ricciardo 154
Lewis Hamilton 150
Felipe Massa 149
Sebastian Vettel 149
Fernando Alonso 149
Vitaly Petrov 148
Mark Webber 146
Jean-Eric Vergne 146
Nico Hulkenberg 141
Timo Glock 136
Romain Grosjean 135
Pedro de la Rosa 129
Heikki Kovalainen 129
Sergio Perez 124
Paul di Resta 124
Charles Pic 113
Michael Schumacher 95
Bruno Senna 80
Narain Karthikeyan 53

Total number of laps completed (by team)

McLaren 304
Caterham 302
Ferrari 298
Toro Rosso 298
Red Bull 295
Sauber 292
Lotus 291
Force India 286
Mercedes 263
Williams 261
Marussia 249
HRT 201

Number of race laps: 66
Number of safety cars: 0
Number of race starters: 24
Number of classified drivers: 19
Number of retirements: 5
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag: 9
Number of teams scoring points: 8
Number of times lead changed hands: 8
Most places gained: 16 (Lewis Hamilton)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 68

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