F1 News Round-up #9

The 9th instalment of the F1 News segment with stories including F1’s new official logo and the news that Alfa Romeo are to return to F1 with Sauber.


Formula 1 unveils new logo

Formula One has unveiled its new logo as the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi drew to a close. Formula One receives a new logo after 23 years. F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches said that the decision to change the logo had come about because the old design was not useful for modern digital platforms nor merchandise.

Raikkonen fastest on Day 1

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen ended Day 1 of tyre testing quickest as the teams and drivers got to try-out the 2018 compounds. Raikkonen set the quickest time of a 1:37:768 on the new hypersoft tyre but it was Robert Kubica who stole the headlines as he tested for Williams.

The Pole completed 100 laps en-route to 9th in the overall standings with a time of a 1:41:296. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes Lewis Hamilton were 2nd and 3rd and were within 8 tenths of Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso and Oliver Turvey were able to clock over 200 laps for McLaren.

  1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:37:768, 99 laps
  2. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:38:066, 109 laps
  3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:38:551, 123 laps
  4. Romain Grosjean, Haas, 1:39:270, 137 laps
  5. Lance Stroll, Williams, 1:39:580, 29 laps

Vettel fastest as 2017 comes to a close

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ended a successful test for Ferrari as the German topped the standings. Vettel ran the new hypersoft tyre in the morning and set a time that no-one could beat of a 1:37:551. Mercedes Valterri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished 2nd and 3rd.

Robert Kubica was back in the car and ended up 7th with 28 laps. The majority of Williams’ running was by Sergey Sirotkin, who ended the day 10th quickest with 86 laps. McLaren’s new reserve driver, Lando Norris was doing development work for Pirelli – clocking 118 laps on his way to 12th place. Ferrari young driver, Charles Leclerc, who is poised to take a seat at Sauber for 2018, ended up 11th with 149 laps.

  1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:37:551, 118 laps
  2. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 1:38:490, 141 laps
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 1:38:736, 132 laps
  4. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:38:818, 52 laps
  5. Esteban Ocon, Force India, 1:39:148, 72 laps

Alfa Romeo to return to F1 with Sauber

Alfa Romeo is to return to F1 with Sauber from 2018 onwards. Alfa Romeo, who will return to F1 after an absence of more than 30 years, have signed a technical and commercial partnership with Sauber. The team will now be called Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team and will use 2018-spec Ferrari engines.

Sauber finished last in the Constructors Championship this year with 5 points. Although Sauber has not revealed who will drive for them in 2018 its likely that one or even both of Ferrari’s young driver programme, who are Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi are in the frame for a seat. Current driver, Marcus Ericsson, who failed to score any points this year for the team is likely to stay on.

It was confirmed days later that Leclerc would join Ericsson for 2018 with Giovinazzi to serve as third driver for 2018. Giovinazzi raced for Sauber in the first two races of 2017, standing in for the injured Pascal Wehrlein. He will take part in six FP1 sessions for the team in 2018.




Formula E: Championship Standings

Full standings of the Formula E Season 4 Championship.

(Updated after Round 2)

Drivers Championship

  1. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, 35pts
  2. Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah, 33pts
  3. Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, 29pts
  4. Edoardo Mortara, Venturi Formula E, 24pts
  5. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, 15pts
  6. Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 15pts
  7. Nelson Piquet Jr, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 12pts
  8. Daniel Abt, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, 11pts
  9. Antonio Felix Da Costa, MS&AD Andretti Formula E, 8pts
  10. Oliver Turvey, NIO Formula E Team, 8pts
  11. Maro Engel, Venturi Formula E, 6pts
  12. Alex Lynn, DS Virgin Racing, 6pts
  13. Nico Prost, Renault e.Dams, 6pts
  14. Luca Filippi, NIO Formula E Team, 1pt
  15. Sebastian Buemi, Renault e.Dams, 0pts
  16. Andre Lotterer, Techeetah, 0pts
  17. Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, 0pts
  18. Kamui Kobayashi, MS&AD Andretti Formula E, 0pts
  19. Jerome d’Ambrosio, Dragon Racing, 0pts
  20. Neel Jani, Dragon Racing, 0pts

Teams Championship

  1. Mahindra Racing, 44pts
  2. DS Virgin Racing, 41pts
  3. Techeetah, 33pts
  4. Venturi Formula E Team, 30pts
  5. Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 27pts
  6. Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, 11pts
  7. NIO Formula E Team, 9pts
  8. MS&AD Andretti Formula E, 8pts
  9. Renault e.Dams, 5pts
  10. Dragon Racing, 0pts

Rosenqvist inherits win after Abt disqualified

Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist inherits the win ahead of race-long leader Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans as Daniel Abt is disqualified after post race inspections.


Qualifying Result

1.Rosenqvist  2.Mortara  3.Abt  4.Evans  5.Lynn  6.Da Costa  7.Vergne  8.Turvey  9.Filippi  10.Heidfeld  11.Piquet  12.Di Grassi 13.Bird*  14.Prost 15.Engel  16.Kobayashi  17.Lotterer  18.D’Ambrosio  19.Jani  20.Buemi

Bird* received a 10 place grid penalty (4th – 13th)


The drivers sit on the grid waiting to pull forward into their grid spots. The FIA declare that the start-line light sequence have failed. The FIA send the Safety Car to lead the drivers off the start-line round the first lap. The Safety Car pulls into the pits just before turn 9 with Felix Rosenqvist leading the field.

On the rundown to turn 1, Rosenqvist locks his rear tyres and spins. Now Edoardo Mortara, who completed his first Formula E race yesterday, leads. Rosenqvist drops down the field to 11th as Mortara leads ahead of Daniel Abt, Mitch Evans and Alex Lynn. Lap 3, After a poor qualifying, Sebastian Buemi qualified in 20th but is starting to make up places by overtaking Neel Jani for 18th.

Lap 4, Antonio Felix Da Costa overtakes Lynn for 4th as behind, yesterday’s winner, Sam Bird overtakes Nico Prost for 9th. Lap 5, Nick Heidfeld comes to a complete halt. The German gets going but drops down to last place. The Fanboost winners are revealed. Abt, Kamui Kobayashi and Luca Filippi will all get a boost of extra power in the 2nd car.

Lap 14, Lucas di Grassi, who also struggled in Qualifying, overtakes Prost for 10th. Lap 17, Mortara has been able to pull out a gap of around 2 second to Abt in 2nd meanwhile, Rosenqvist overtakes Oliver Turvey for 7th place.

Lap 23, Everyone pits to change into their second car except for Da Costa, Lynn and Di Grassi. Just as about he was about to pull into the pits, Di Grassi slows. He pulls into the pits along with the others. Lap 26, Di Grassi has dropped down to 17th as Da Costa had a long pit-stop and has fallen to 14th.

Lap 37, Mortara lead has decreased to around 2.6 seconds ahead of Abt while in the pit-stop phase, Rosenqvist was able to jump Evans or 3rd. Lap 43, the gap has decreased between the top 2. Mortara spins approaching tun 2. The Venturi driver does the same as Rosenqvist at the start and locks his rear tyres. He drops down to 3rd as Abt inherits the lead.

Abt takes his first ever Formula E win ahead of Rosenqvist and Mortara. Lynn, who was running 5th, drops to 9th after using too much energy.

Race Result

1.Rosenqvist  2.Mortara  3.Evans  4.Vergne  5.Bird  6.Turvey  7.Engel  8.Prost  9.Lynn  10.Buemi  11.Da Costa  12.Piquet  13.Lotterer  14.Di Grassi  15.d’Ambrosio  16.Heidfeld  17.Kobayashi  18.Jani  DSQ Abt  DNF Filippi

Abt* was disqualified from the race result after finding that his car’s components didn’t match up. Everyone therefore moves up a place promoting Rosenqvist to 1st.




Formula E Season 4 Results

Season 4 Results

Round 1 – Hong Kong ePrix

  1. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, 43 Laps
  2. Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah, +11.575s
  3. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, +12.465s
  4. Nelson Piquet Jr, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, +15.324s
  5. Daniel Abt, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, +17.205

Round 2 – Hong Kong ePrix

  1. Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, 45 Laps
  2. Edoardo Mortara, Venturi Formula E, +7.031s
  3. Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, +10.619s
  4. Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah, +12.593s
  5. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, +12.879s


Bird wins chaotic Round 1

DS Virgin’s Sam Bird wins the Hong Kong ePrix after a drive through penalty ahead of Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld as Sebastian Buemi and Lucas di Grassi struggle.


Qualifying Result

1.Vergne  2.Bird  3.Heidfeld  4.Abt  5.Rosenqvist  6.Di Grassi  7.Turvey  8.Da Costa  9.Buemi  10.Piquet  11.D’Ambrosio  12.Lotterer  13.Kobayashi  14.Engel  15.Filippi  16.Lynn  17.Prost  18.Mortara  19.Evans  20.Jani


Vergne got away from pole ahead of Bird and Oliver Turvey, who was able to make his way round the outside of turn 1 to jump from 7th to 3rd. Behind, a traffic jam formed.

Andre Lotterer tried to go round the outside of Nelson Piquet of turn 4 but underestimated the steering lock of the car. He stopped just before the wall as Mitch Evans, Nico Prost and Edoardo Mortara piled into the back. The Red Flag was brought out and it marked the first time in Formula E history that it had come out. All drivers returned to the pits and waited patiently for the FIA to give the clear to race.

After the Safety Car restart, Vergne held onto the lead after serious pressure from Bird in 2nd. Felix Rosenqvist was spun by Formula E newcomer Luca Filippi at turn 1 in which the Italian was later given a drive through penalty. Rosenqvist dropped outside of the top 10 to 14th. It was revealed that Kamui Kobayashi, Daniel Abt and Filippi were going to get extra power in their 2nd car as a result of Fanboost.

Season 2 Champion and Reigning Champion, Sebastian Buemi and Lucas di Grassi battled hard early on, running 6th and 7th. But both ran into trouble. Di Grassi was forced into the pits with a mechanical problem following the incident at the start of the race, where he switched to his second car. Buemi came to a halt around the hairpin as a result of his battery management system failing on his car. He was able to re-join but dropped down the field.

Turvey also had problems. Turvey didn’t have the pace to keep with Vergne and Bird at the start and held off Daniel Abt and Nick Heidfeld. Until, his car slowed, similar to when his car slowed when he was leading the Mexican ePrix in Season 3.

Vergne had been able to hold off Bird for 20 laps until Bird was able to overtake into turn 6. Vergne stopped one lap earlier than Bird and got held up in traffic. Bird was able to push on for one more lap and then the Brit pulled into the pit. He looked-up and hit team personnel. He was able to jump out and get into the second car and reappear ahead of Vergne.

Bird was given a drive through penalty for not stopping the car in the pit-box. Serving his penalty on lap 30, Bird amazingly appeared just ahead of Vergne and Nick Heidfeld to stay in the lead. Bird was able to sprint ahead until the chequered flag while Vergne and Heidfeld fought “tooth and nail” for 2nd.

Behind, positions chopped and changed in the dying laps. Nelson Piquet dived down the inside of Rosenqvist, who had made time within the pit-stop, of turn 1. Rosenqvist was then overtaken by Daniel Abt on the rundown to turn 2. Antonio Felix da Costa also had a pop at Rosenqvist overtaking the Swedish driver down into turn 1 and up into 7th.

Bird won by over 10 seconds ahead of Vergne and Heidfeld. Maro Engel finished 4th but was given a time penalty for exceeding the power limit that dropped him to 14th. This moved everyone up a place resulting in Piquet claiming 4th on his Jaguar debut.

As for Formula E’s newcomers, Mortara scored points in an impressive race to 9th, 8th after Engel’s penalty. Filippi was 11th with Kamui Kobayashi 15th and Lotterer 16th while Neel Jani finished 19th and a lap down.

Race Result

1.Bird  2.Vergne  3.Heidfeld  4.Piquet  5.Abt  6.Da Costa  7.Mortara  8.Lynn  9.Prost  10.Filippi  11.Buemi  12.Evans  13.Engel  14.Rosenqvist*  15.Kobayashi  16.Turvey  17.Di Grassi  18.Jani  NC d’Ambrosio  DSQ Lotterer*

Rosenqvist* picked up a 22 second time penalty, in lieu of a drive-through, for exceeding the maximum race power output.

Lotterer* was disqualified for leaving his car in an unsafe mode in parc ferme.




Final F1 Standings 2017

F1’s final race of the season in Abu Dhabi saw many changes in both Drivers and Constructors Championship. Take a look at the final standings for 2017.


Drivers Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton 363pts
  2. Sebastian Vettel 317pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 305pts
  4. Kimi Raikkonen 205pts
  5. Daniel Ricciardo 200pts
  6. Max Verstappen 168pts
  7. Sergio Perez 100pts
  8. Esteban Ocon 87pts
  9. Carlos Sainz 54pts
  10. Nico Hulkenberg 43pts
  11. Felipe Massa 43pts
  12. Lance Stroll 40pts
  13. Romain Grosjean 28pts
  14. Kevin Magnussen 19pts
  15. Fernando Alonso 17pts
  16. Stoffel Vandoorne 13pts
  17. Jolyon Palmer 8pts
  18. Pascal Wehrlein 5pts
  19. Daniil Kvyat 5pts
  20. Marcus Ericsson 0pts
  21. Pierre Gasly 0pts
  22. Antonio Giovinazzi 0pts
  23. Brendon Hartley 0pts
  24. Jenson Button 0pts
  25. Paul di Resta 0pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 668pts
  2. Ferrari 522pts
  3. Red Bull 368pts
  4. Force India 187pts
  5. Williams 83pts
  6. Renault 57pts
  7. Toro Rosso 53pts
  8. Haas 47pts
  9. McLaren 30pts
  10. Sauber 5pts

Bottas holds off Hamilton in final 2017 race

Valterri Bottas wins the final race of 2017 in Abu Dhabi ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel as Felipe Massa finishes in the points in his last F1 race.


Qualifying Result

1.Bottas  2.Hamilton  3.Vettel  4.Ricciardo  5.Raikkonen  6.Verstappen  7.Hulkenberg  8.Perez  9.Ocon  10.Massa  11.Alonso  12.Sainz  13.Vandoorne  14.Magnussen  15.Stroll  16.Grosjean  17.Gasly  18.Wehrlein  19.Ericsson  20.Hartley*

Hartley* received a 10 place grid penalty for additional power-unit elements

Tyre Choice

Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson and Brendon Hartley will start on the Supersoft tyre with everyone else on the Ultrasoft tyre.


The lights go out and Valterri Bottas leads Lewis Hamilton as they approach turn 1. Sebastian Vettel follows behind locking up in 3rd with Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen in 4th and 5th. The drivers pile through turns 3 and 4 as a Haas driver has spun. It’s Kevin Magnussen. The Dane has spun ending up between turns 3 and 4. He continues on and the replay shows he spun on his own exiting turn 2. Lap 3, Bottas leads by 1.2 seconds ahead of Hamilton who is 1.4 ahead of Vettel.

Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg are under investigation. Perez complains saying that Hulkenberg overtook him off the track. The stewards have given Hulkenberg a 5 second time penalty for gaining an advantage. Lap 10, Valterri Bottas hasn’t been able to shake off Lewis Hamilton as the gap is now around 1.8 seconds. Sebastian Vettel is falling back, 3.1 seconds behind Hamilton in 3rd.

Lap 12, after constant attack, trial and error, Romain Grosjean finally overtakes Lance Stroll for 13th and into 11th place. Stroll pits after losing the position after a major flat-spot on his tyre became apparent. Lap 13, Stoffel Vandoorne has been complaining of “poor rear grip” so McLaren decide to pit the Belgian for a set of Supersoft tyres. Lap 15, Max Verstappen has been stuck behind Kimi Raikkonen and pits trying to work the undercut. Raikkonen pits on lap 16 and appears back ahead of Verstappen. Both went onto the Supersoft tyre.

Lap 17, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly spins out of turn 19. The Frenchman drops to 17th and continues on. Lap 18, Nico Hulkenberg serves his time penalty as he pits. It’s a slow stop by the Renault crew but he is still able to get out ahead of Sergio Perez. Lap 20, Daniel Ricciardo pits. He goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins only to pull over at turn 3. It looks like a hydraulic failure and the Australian becomes the first retirement. Yellow flags are out as Sebastian Vettel pits on lap 21. The German goes onto the Supersoft tyre as the marshals retrieve the Red Bull car. Lap 22, race leader Valterri Bottas pits. The Finn goes onto the Supersoft tyre.

Former team-mates, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have been in close company all race. Massa, pits on lap 22 and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. Massa appears back ahead of Alonso who pitted a couple of laps ago. With Alonso’s tyres up to temperature and with the help of DRS, the McLaren overtakes the Williams down into turn 8 ans up into 11th. Lap 24, Lewis Hamilton pits. The Brit reappears on the Supersoft tyre and just behind  Valterri Bottas.

Lap 30, Valterri Bottas has been able to keep ahead of Lewis Hamilton with the gap now being less than a second. Although a lock-up for Hamilton into turn 17 increases the gap to around 2 seconds. Lap 32, Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz pit. Both go onto the Supersoft tyre but there’s a problem for Sainz. The front-left tyre hasn’t been put on properly and Sainz has to pull over at turn 3. That could be a critical mistake for Renault in the battle for 6th in the Championship.

Lap 40, Valterri Bottas is still holding off Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel is still holding 3rd place albeit 19 seconds behind. Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen round off the top 5. Nico Hulkenberg follows in 6th with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon in 7th and 8th. With Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa rounding up the top 10. Stoffel Vandoorne has recovered well to now be running 12th with Pascal Wehrlein trying to overtake Kevin Magnussen for 13th.

Lap 50, into the dying stages, Valterri Bottas leads by 1.1 seconds with Sebastian Vettel 20.3 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton in 3rd. Lap 55, Bottas is en-route for his 3rd career win with Hamilton now slipping back to around 3 seconds. Bottas crosses the line as fireworks go off. Hamilton finishes 2nd with Vettel a distant 3rd. Both Bottas and Hamilton doing donuts for the crowd. Felipe Massa joins them in what is his final time in a F1 car before his retirement.

Race Result

1.Bottas  2.Hamilton  3.Vettel  4.Raikkonen  5.Verstappen  6.Hulkenberg  7.Perez  8.Ocon  9.Alonso  10.Massa  11.Grosjean  12.Vandoorne  13.Magnussen  14.Wehrlein  15.Hartley  16.Gasly  17.Ericsson  18.Stroll  DNF Sainz and Ricciardo.

Fans “Driver of the Day”: Valterri Bottas

My View

I am so glad Valterri Bottas was able to hold off Lewis Hamilton for the win. After losing the pole position he nicked off of Sebastian Vettel in Brazil, in which the German would go onto win, Bottas knew he had to win today. It was a disappointing race for Ferrari in general but Kimi Raikkonen was able to jump Daniel Ricciardo to grab 4th in the Drivers Championship. In contention for “Driver of the Day”, I thought Nico Hulkenberg did an excellent job to finish 6th and therefore help Renault overtake Toro Rosso in the Constructors Championship for 6th. Fernando Alonso finished 9th in the last race of the McLaren-Honda partnership before McLaren switch to Renault engines for 2018. I am also glad that Felipe Massa finished in the points on his last F1 race.