Free Practice 1
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:24.220
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.803 – +0.583
- Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.886 – +0.666
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.246 – +1.026
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:25.372 – +1.152
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:25.464 – +1.244
- Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.142 – +1.922
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:26.168 – +1.948
- Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:26.183 – +1.963
- 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
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.620
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:24.167 – +0.547
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:24.176 – +0.556
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.525 – +0.905
- Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:24.650 – +1.030
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:25.013 – +1.393
- Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.084 – +1.464
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.436 – +1.816
- Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.478 – +1.858
- 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
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:23.380
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.859 – +0.479
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.870 – +0.490
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.988 – +0.608
- Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:25.063 – +1.683
- Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:25.092 – +1.712
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.581 – +2.201
- Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:25.948 – +2.568
- Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:26.049 – +2.669
- 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.
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.188
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:22.456
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:22.481
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.033
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:23.485
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:24.074
- Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:24.443
- Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.487
- Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:24.512
- 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.
- Sebastian Vettel
- Lewis Hamilton
- Valtteri Bottas
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Max Verstappen
- Felipe Massa
- Sergio Perez
- Carlos Sainz
- Daniil Kvyat
- Esteban Ocon
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Antonio Giovinazzi
- 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.
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 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.