Tag: Valtteri Bottas

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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2017: Barcelona Pre-Season Test (1) Laps & Times

Times

Day 1

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:21.765
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:21.878 – +0.113
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams- 1:22.076 – +0.311
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.894 – +1.129
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:22.926 – +1.161
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.169 – +1.404
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:23.709 – +1.944
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.494 – +2.729
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:24.784 – +3.019
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:24.852 – +3.087
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:26.841 – +5.076

Day 2

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.960
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.983 – +0.023
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:22.200 – +1.240
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.204 – +1.244
  5. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:22.509 – +1.549
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 – +1.996
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:22.986 – +2.026
  8. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:24.139 – +3.179
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 1:24.617 – +3.657
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:25.600 – +4.640
  11. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:26.040 – +5.080

Day 3

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.705
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.952 – +0.247
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:21.153 – +1.448
  4. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.396 – +1.691
  5. Nico Hulkenberg  – Renault – 1:21.791 – +2.086
  6. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.824 – +2.119
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.090 – +2.385
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.118 – +2.413
  9. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:22.351 – +2.646
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:22.598 – +2.893
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:23.540 – +3.835
  12. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:23.568 – +3.863
  13. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:23.952 – +4.247

Day 4

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.872
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:21.769 – +0.897
  3. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.778 – +0.906
  4. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.309 – +1.437
  5. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 1:22.401 – +1.529
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:22.534 – +1.662
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.576 – +1.704
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.443 – +2.571
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:24.974 – +4.102
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – No Time Set

Best lap by driver

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.705 (Day 3)
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.952 (Day 3)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.872 (Day 4)
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.983 (Day 2)
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:21.153 (Day 3)
  6. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.396 (Day 3)
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:21.769 (Day 4)
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:21.791 (Day 3)
  9. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber  – 1:21.824 (Day 3)
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:22.076 (Day 1)
  11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.118 (Day 3)
  12. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.204 (Day 2)
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:22.351 (Day 3)
  14. Antonio Giovanazzi – Sauber – 1:22.401 (Day 4)
  15. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:22.509 (Day 2)
  16. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:22.534 (Day 4)
  17. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.576 (Day 4)
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:22.598 (Day 3)
  19. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 (Day 2)
  20. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:23.540 (Day 3)
  21. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:23.568 (Day 3)

Best lap by team

  1. Mercedes – 1:19.705 (Day 3)
  2. Ferrari – 1:19.952 (Day 3)
  3. Red Bull – 1:21.153 (Day 3)
  4. Renault – 1:21.396 (Day 3)
  5. Sauber – 1:21.824 (Day 3)
  6. Williams – 1:22.076 (Day 1)
  7. Haas – 1:22.118 (Day 3)
  8. Force India – 1:22.509 (Day 2)
  9. McLaren – 1:22.576 (Day 4)
  10. Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 (Day 2)

Laps

Day 1

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 128
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 103
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 79
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 73
  5. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 72
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 57
  7. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 51
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 51
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 50
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 39
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 29

Total: 732

Day 2

  1. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 118
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 108
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 102
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 89
  5. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 86
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 68
  7. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 67
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 66
  9. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 53
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 40
  11. Lance Stroll – Williams – 12

Total: 809

Day 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 139
  2. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 126
  3. Lance Stroll – Williams – 98
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 95
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 75
  6. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 72
  7. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 71
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 70
  9. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 56
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 42
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 32
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 31

Total: 907

Day 4

  1. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 118
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 93
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 85
  4. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 84
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 82
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 68
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 67
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 51
  9. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 39
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1

Total: 688

Most laps by driver

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 324
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 267
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes- 234
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 201
  5. Marcus Ericcson – Sauber – 198
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 174
  7. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 174
  8. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 169
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 151
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 150
  11. Sergio Perez – Force India – 121
  12. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 120
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 110
  14. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 107
  15. Felipe Massa – Williams – 103
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 101
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 100
  18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 92
  19. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 86
  20. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 83
  21. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 71

Most laps by team

  1. Mercedes – 558
  2. Ferrari – 468
  3. Sauber – 349
  4. Haas – 343
  5. Red Bull – 294
  6. Force India – 278
  7. Renault – 242
  8. Williams – 213
  9. McLaren – 208
  10. Toro Rosso – 183

Stat Round-Up

  • Fastest lap: 1:19.705 – Valtteri Bottas Day 3
  • Most laps in a day: 139 – Sebastian Vettel Day 3
  • Fewest laps in a day: 1 – Daniil Kvyat Day 4
  • Most days in car: 4 Valtteri Bottas
  • Fewest days in car: 1 Alfonso Celis (Force India), Felipe Massa (Williams)
  • Most laps in a day overall: 907 Day 3
  • Fewest laps in a day overall: 688 Day 4
  • Laps completed overall: 3136

F1 2016: Brazilian GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:11.740
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:11.833 – +0.093
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:11.959 – +0.219
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:12.027 – +0.287
  5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:12.077 – +0.337
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:12.287 – +0.547
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:12.614 – +0.874
  8. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:12.968 – +1.228
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:12.990 – +1.250
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:13.002 – +1.262
  11. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:13.203 – +1.463
  12. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:13.231 – +1.491
  13. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:13.255 – +1.515
  14. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:13.293 – +1.553
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:13.344 – +1.604
  16. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:13.596 – +1.856
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:13.609  – +1.869
  18. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:13.750 – +2.010
  19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:13.972 – +2.232
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:13.992 – +2.252
  21. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:14.222 – +2.482
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – No Time Set

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:11.740
  2. Ferrari – 1:11.959 – +0.219
  3. Red Bull – 1:12.077 – +0.337
  4. Williams – 1:12.614 – +0.874
  5. Renault – 1:12.968 – +1.228
  6. McLaren – 1:13.002 – +1.262
  7. Force India – 1:13.203 – +1.463
  8. Toro Rosso – 1:13.293 – +1.553
  9. Haas – 1:13.344 – +1.604
  10. Manor – 1:13.972 – +2.232
  11. Sauber – 1:13.992 – +2.252

Laps

Drivers

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 27
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 26
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 21
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 21
  5. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 21
  6. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 20
  7. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 20
  8. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 19
  9. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 19
  10. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 19
  11. Sergio Perez – Force India – 19
  12. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 16
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 16
  14. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 15
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 15
  16. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 14
  17. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 14
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 14
  19. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 13
  20. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 12
  21. Jenson Button – McLaren – 9
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1

Teams

  1. Williams – 53
  2. Manor – 41
  3. Mercedes – 40
  4. Red Bull – 40
  5. Renault – 34
  6. Toro Rosso – 33
  7. Force India – 33
  8. Haas – 31
  9. Ferrari – 30
  10. McLaren – 21
  11. Sauber – 15

F1 2016: Brazilian GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:12.271
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:12.301 – +0.030
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:12.761 – +0.490
  4. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:12.789 – +0.518
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:12.828 – +0.557
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:12.928 – +0.657
  7. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:13.002 – +0.731
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:13.047 – +0.776
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:13.299 – +1.028
  10. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:13.440 – +1.169
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:13.572 – +1.301
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:13.689 – +1.418
  13. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:13.801 – +1.530
  14. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:13.918 – +1.647
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:14.074 – +1.803
  16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:14.109 – +1.838
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:14.309 – +2.038
  18. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:14.317 – +2.046
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:14.436 – +2.165
  20. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:14.558 – +2.287
  21. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:14.695 – +2.424
  22. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:14.958 – +2.687

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:12.271
  2. Williams – 1:12.761 – +0.490
  3. Red Bull – 1:12.828 – +0.557
  4. Ferrari – 1:13.002 – +0.731
  5. Force India – 1:13.299 – +1.028
  6. McLaren – 1:13.440 – +1.169
  7. Toro Rosso – 1:13.689 – +1.418
  8. Haas – 1:14.074 – +1.803
  9. Renault – 1:14.109 – +1.838
  10. Sauber – 1:14.309 – +2.038
  11. Manor – 1:14.317 – +2.046

Laps

Drivers

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 47
  2. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 47
  3. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 47
  4. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 46
  5. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 46
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 45
  7. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 45
  8. Felipe Massa – Williams – 43
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 43
  10. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 43
  11. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 42
  12. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 42
  13. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 41
  14. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 40
  15. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 40
  16. Sergio Perez – Force India – 38
  17. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 35
  18. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 24
  19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 22
  20. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 21
  21. Jenson Button – McLaren – 19
  22. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 18

Teams

  1. Toro Rosso – 93
  2. Williams – 90
  3. Renault – 90
  4. Red Bull – 88
  5. Mercedes – 81
  6. Force India – 80
  7. Haas – 77
  8. Ferrari – 69
  9. Manor – 68
  10. Sauber – 61
  11. McLaren – 37

 

F1 2016: Brazilian GP – FP1 Times & Laps

Free Practice 1

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:11.895
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:11.991 – +0.096
  3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:12.125 – +0.230
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:12.371 – +0.476
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:13.129 – +1.234
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:13.289 – +1.394
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:13.293 – +1.398
  8. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:13.318 – +1.423
  9. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:13.567 – +1.672
  10. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:13:.569 – +1.674
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:13.711 – +1.816
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:14.090 – +2.195
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:14.252 – +2.357
  14. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:14.296 – +2.401
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:14.507 – +2.612
  16. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:14.631 – +2.736
  17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:14.654 – +2.759
  18. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:14.827 – +2.932
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:14.908 – +3.013
  20. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:14.948 – +3.053
  21. Charles Leclerc – Haas – 1:15.391 – +3.496
  22. Sergey Sirotkin – Renault – 1:15.800 – +3.905

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:11.895
  2. Red Bull – 1:11.991 – +0.096
  3. Williams – 1:13.129 – +1.234
  4. Force India – 1:13.289 – +1.394
  5. Ferrari – 1:13.567 – +1.672
  6. Toro Rosso – 1:13.711 – +1.816
  7. McLaren – 1:14.252 – +2.357
  8. Haas – 1:14.507 – +2.612
  9. Sauber – 1:14.631 – +2.736
  10. Manor – 1:14.827 – +2.932
  11. Renault – 1:14.908 – +3.013

Laps

Drivers

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 36
  2. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 33
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams – 33
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 32
  5. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 32
  6. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 32
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 31
  8. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 30
  9. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 29
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 27
  11. Jenson Button – McLaren – 27
  12. Charles Leclerc – Haas – 27
  13. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 26
  14. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 26
  15. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 26
  16. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 25
  17. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 24
  18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 23
  19. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 22
  20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 21
  21. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 15
  22. Sergey Sirotkin – Renault – 10

Teams

  1. Williams – 69
  2. Force India – 64
  3. Manor – 62
  4. Mercedes – 58
  5. Red Bull – 56
  6. McLaren – 53
  7. Haas – 52
  8. Ferrari – 50
  9. Sauber – 44
  10. Renault – 42
  11. Toro Rosso – 37

Daniel Ricciardo leads home Red Bull 1-2 in Malaysia

This year’s Malaysia Grand Prix saw Daniel Ricciardo score his first F1 victory since the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.

The Australian driver led home a Red Bull 1-2 with Nico Rosberg rounding out the podium finishers. It was an eventful race which saw Rosberg extend his championship lead to 23 points. Championship contender Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying and started the race from pole but his Mercedes engine gave up on lap 40, leading to his second retirement of the year.

At the start of the race it was Hamilton who made the best start, maintaining his lead. Rosberg was sent into a spin following contact with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and dropped right down the order. Vettel pulled off at the side of the track with broken suspension and was subsequently handed a three place grid drop for Japan.

Rosberg faced a fight back through the field and eventually finished in third behind the hard – but fair – fighting Red Bull duo. Rosberg picked up a ten second penalty for making contact with Kimi Raikkonen as he passed but was able to finish more than ten seconds clear of the Finn. The Ferrari suffered floor damage and lost what it reported to be about three tenths per lap.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Williams just ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez. Fernando Alonso drove a fine race to finish seventh having started last and he finished ahead of Nico Hulkenberg. Jenson Button celebrated his 300th Grand Prix with a ninth place finish and points while Jolyon Palmer picked up his first ever F1 point.

The Toro Rosso duo struggled with brake issues with Carlos Sainz 11th and Daniil Kvyat 14th. Marcus Ericsson was 12th with Felipe Massa recovering to 13th having started from the pit-lane when he failed to get away on the warm-up lap.  Pascal Wehrlein was 15th ahead of Esteban Ocon – who picked up two separate 5 second penalties for speeding in the pit-lane.

Felipe Nasr joined Vettel and Hamilton on the sidelines along with Kevin Magnussen. Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas lost a wheel on one of the straights causing his retirement while Romain Grosjean suffered brake failure and spun into the gravel, bringing his race to an end.

Ricciardo dedicated his win to Jules Bianchi following the race, after making Max Verstappen and Rosberg take part in celebratory ‘shoeys’ on the podium.

The next race is this weekend at the Suzuka circuit in Japan.

Nico Rosberg avoids chaos to win Belgian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg saw Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead cut to just nine points by winning the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton started from the back of the grid after a number of engine penalties but was able to take advantage of a safety car and red flag period to secure a podium finish. He finished behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

The start of the race was chaotic with a number of drivers getting themselves into difficulty. Max Verstappen – who started alongside Rosberg on the front row of the grid- bogged down at the start and as a result lost out to Kimi Raikkonen. Verstappen tried a move up the inside at the first corner but Sebastian Vettel squeezed the pair resulting in contact. Both Ferraris dropped to the back of the pack while Vetstappen picked up damage which Christian Horner suggested cost him 1.5 seconds a lap.

Elsewhere Carlos Sainz picked up an early puncture and as the tyre delaminated it got caught in his rear wing, causing damage and the car to spin. Pascal Wehrlein and Jenson Button were also casualties of the first lap as the Manor driver drove into the back of the McLaren. Marcus Ericsson started from the pit-lane but was forced to retire after just three laps following a gearbox failure.

The safety car was brought out following a huge shunt for Kevin Magnussen on the fifth lap. He lost control of his car at the top of Eau Rouge and the impact was such that his headrest came free from the car. Thankfully Magnussen was able to get out of the car unaided, however with a limp. After a trip to the medical centre and a local hospital Magnussen tweeted that he had a cut on his ankle but expected to be able to race in Monza.

A red flag was eventually brought out after about ten laps behind the safety car to allow marshals to properly fix the damaged barrier. The red flag stoppage benefited Fernando Alonso and Hamilton as they stayed out while most ahead of them pitted. This left Alonso fourth and Hamilton fifth, due to the McLaren driver having got ahead of the Mercedes at the start and leading him for the duration of the race so far.

When the race was restarted Rosberg was once again unchallenged at the front and he was able to drive his own race and win by 14 seconds. Ricciardo was second with Hamilton 27 seconds off his team-mate in third. Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were fourth and fifth for Force India meaning that they have now moved into fourth in the championship ahead of Williams. Vettel fought back to sixth and finished ahead of Alonso, who showed some good pace to stay ahead of the Williams duo. Raikkonen split the Williams after passing Felipe Massa, having had spirited battles with Verstappen throughout the race.

Verstappen missed out on a points finish after finishing 11th. He was visibly aggrieved by the incident, driving aggressively against Raikkonen. The Finn at one stage came onto team radio to suggest that Verstappen’s “only interest” was running him off the track. One incident saw Raikkonen having to back right off on the Kemmel straight after a last minute change of position for Verstappen. Esteban Gutierrez finished 12th ahead of Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat and Jolyon Palmer. Rookie Esteban Ocon finished 16th on his debut ahead of Felipe Nasr.

There is a quick turnaround with the Italian Grand Prix taking place this weekend.