German Qualifying Round 12

Nico Rosberg takes pole position ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo as Renault make it through to Q2 for the first time since Australia.

30/07/16

No halo for 2017

Formula 1 bosses have voted against introducing the ‘halo’ head protection system for 2017. The strategy group of Bernie Ecclestone, six leading teams and Jean Todt, president of governing body the FIA, decided it needed more work. It would have been ideal to introduce it for 2017 when the new regulations but halo will be introduced for 2018.

Allison leaves Ferrari

Ferrari have confirmed that their technical chief, James Allison has left the team. Mattia Binotto, formerly the team’s head of engines, will replace Allison. Allison’s wife passed away in March and his departure means that he will be able to spend more time with his family in England. This is a huge blow for Ferrari as so far this season it hasn’t gone that great and Allison was a huge part of Ferrari.

Q1

Pascal Wehrlein is the first car out on track first but isn’t the first to set a lap, his  team-mate Rio Haryanto on a 1:17:701. Nico Rosberg is the first of the big guns to set a lap and it is a 1:15:485 but then team-mate Lewis Hamilton comes round and goes 2 thousands quicker than his team-mate on a 1:15:243. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are next and it is Raikkonen who gets the better of them on a 1:15:752 compared to Vettel’s time of a 1:15:927. Daniel Ricciardo then comes round and makes sure that Red Bull are faster than Ferrari and goes 3rd on a 1:15:591.

Going into the final few minutes, the track looks like its improving as both Haas cars of Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean improve dramatically out of the drop zone and comfortably near the top 10. The Renault’s of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen then improve and manage to get themselves just out of the drop zone and into 15th and 16th place.  Torro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz will be the last car over the line and it is enough for him to improve and it pushes Kevin Magnussen out of the session. Lewis Hamilton is quickest ahead of Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo

Out: Ericsson – 22nd, Nasr – 21st, Haryanto – 20th, Kvyat – 19th, Wehrlein – 18th and Magnussen – 17th.

Q2

Nico Rosberg is the first car out on track and sets a lap time of 1:14:839. Again team-mate Lewis Hamilton comes round and manages to beat Rosberg’s time of a 1:14:748. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are next and Verstappen manages beat his team-mate and go 3rd right behind the two Mercedes on a 1:15:124 meanwhile Ricciardo is more than half a second behind Verstappen on a 1:15:602.

With 2 minutes to go in the session, Carlos Sainz is under investigation for impeding Felipe Massa. The final runs are in and Jenson Button improves to 9th but Esteban Gutierrez puts in a better lap time and pushes Button to 10th. Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean cross the line but cannot improve and only manage 13th and 14th. Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez improves to 9th and 5th pushing Gutierrez and Button out of the top 10. Lewis Hamilton is quickest ahead of Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen.

Out: Palmer – 16th, Grosjean – 15th, Alonso – 14th, Sainz – 13th, Button – 12th and Gutierrez – 11th.

Q3

Sebastian Vettel is the first car out on track and sets the initial pace of a 1:15:619. Nico Rosberg then comes round and pulls into the pits. That’s really odd from Mercedes as Rosberg was on a good lap.  Kimi Raikkonen beats Vettel’s time on a 1:15:142. Raikkonen has stepped up his performance since signing his new Ferrari contract and has so far outpaced team-mate Sebastian Vettel this weekend. Lewis Hamilton comes round and takes provisional pole position on a 1:14:486. Then the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo come round and its Ricciardo who has the upper hand this time as he puts in an impressive lap of a 1:14:726.

I’m glad to say that Nico Rosberg is back out on the track after what Mercedes are calling an “electronic error”. Rosberg comes round and takes provisional pole position off of Lewis Hamilton on a 1:14:363. Hamilton slightly improves on a 1:14:470 but its not enough to beat Rosberg and he is on pole!

Top 10: Massa – 10th, Perez – 9th, Bottas – 8th, Hulkenberg – 7th, Vettel – 6th, Raikkonen – 5th, Verstappen – 4th.

Top 3: Ricciardo – 3rd, Hamilton – 2nd and Rosberg – 1st.

Qualifying results

1.Rosberg  2.Hamilton  3.Ricciardo  4.Verstappen  5.Raikkonen  6.Vettel  7.Bottas  8.Hulkenberg*  9.Perez  10.Massa  11.Gutierrez  12.Button  13.Alonso  14.Palmer  15.Sainz*  16.Magnussen  17.Wehrlein  18.Kvyat  19.Haryanto  20.Grosjean*  21.Nasr  22.Ericsson

Hulkenberg* received a 1 place grid drop due to a technical breach regarding the tyres they used in qualifying.

Sainz* was issued a 3 place grid penalty for impeding Felipe Massa during qualifying. He also was given 2 penalty points on his license.

Grosjean* was given a 5 place grid penalty for changing his gearbox between FP3 and qualifying.

 

 

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Hungarian Race Round 11

Lewis Hamilton takes the championship lead after win in Hungary ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

24/07/16

Tyre choice

Its looks like today it could be between a 2 and a 3 stop strategy. Daniil Kvyat, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Massa, Rio Haryanto and Marcus Ericsson will start on the Soft tyre with everyone else starting on the Supersoft tyre.

Race

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton get off the line good but not great and as they approach turn 1, Hamilton is on the inside, Rosberg is stuck in the middle and Daniel Ricciardo is on the outside. Hamilton takes the lead ahead of Ricciardo and Rosberg. Rosberg doesn’t give up and goes round the outside of Ricciardo into 2nd place during turn 2. Hamilton leads ahead of Rosberg, Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel. Lap 3, Hamilton sets the fastest lap of a 1:27:132.

Lap 5, Lewis Hamilton has a gap of 1.6 seconds to Nico Rosberg in 2nd while Jenson Button is going slowly. Button comes on to his team radio and the team inform him its a brake issue and is overtaken on track by Valterri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg. Lap 6, Nico Rosberg now responds with the fastest lap of a 1:26:422 while Kimi Raikkonen is making progress and is up into 11th place. Lap 7, Jenson Button pits and goes onto the Soft tyre having the brake problem fixed having help from the team. Lap 9, Button is now under investigation from the stewards having used illegal radio communications to help him solve the brake issue. Lap 10, Button comes in for his drive through penalty, Button describes this as “going to be the race from hell”.

Lap 14, Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap of a 1:25:504 with Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean pit for the Soft tyre. Lap 15, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez pit for the Soft tyre. Lap 16, Lewis Hamilton Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Valterri Bottas pit for the Soft tyre as well. Lap 17, Nico Rosberg pits for the Soft tyre and emerges 2nd behind Hamilton is first.

Lap 20, Lewis Hamilton looking to be struggling with his Soft tyre and has team-mate Nico Rosberg right behind. Lap 22, Daniel Ricciardo responds with fastest lap of a 1:25:433 and is catching Hamilton and Rosberg only 5 and a half seconds behind. Lap 27, Daniil Kvyat has been given a 5 second penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Lap 29, Kimi Raikkonen pits, having started on the Soft tyre swaps them for a set of Supersoft tyre. Lap 32, Raikkonen now sets the fastest lap on a new set of Supersoft tyres and sets a lap of 1:24:254.

Lap 34, Daniel Ricciardo tries to force Mercedes or Ferrari into a pit stop as he pits on goes onto the Soft tyre. Lap 38, Ricciardo’s team-mate, Max Verstappen pits and goes onto the Soft tyre as well. Lap 39, Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer take their battle into the pit stops and its the Renault of Palmer who emerges in front ahead of Hulkenberg. Lap 41, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel pit for the second and final time onto the Soft tyre.

Lap 42, Nico Rosberg pits and goes onto the Soft tyre. Lap 48, Lewis Hamilton leads by 1.6 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg. Lap 49, Jolyon Palmer spins at the top of urn 4, he drops from 10th to 13th. Palmer was having his best race of the season so far and was on course to score his first point. Lap 50, Kimi Raikkonen pits for he final time and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. Lap 53, Lewis Hamilton has been stuck behind the lap car of Esteban Gutierrez and finally gets past him on the straight but Nico Rosberg isn’t far behind. Lap 56, Kimi Raikkonen is right behind Max Verstappen and battling over 5th and 6th place while Gutierrez gets a 5 second penalty for ignoring blue flags.

Lap 57, Verstappen and Raikkonen’s battle continues and it reaches boiling point as Verstappen leads into turn 2 and Raikkonen is right behind. Verstappen moves to the right and behind Raikkonen moves to the right. Raikkonen moves back to the left but Verstappen does the same as well. Raikkonen has to back out and moves left but couldn’t avoid a tap. Raikkonen loses a piece of his front wing en-plate but both continue. Lap 63, Jenson Button having to run near the back of the field after the time he lost fixing his brake problem, retires from the race after an oil leak. Lap 70, Lewis Hamilton wins ahead of Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

Race result

1.Hamilton  2.Rosberg  3.Ricciardo  4.Vettel  5.Verstappen  6.Raikkonen  7.Alonso  8.Sainz  9.Bottas  10.Hulkenberg  11.Perez  12.Palmer  13.Gutierrez  14.Grosjean  15.Magnussen  16.Kvyat  17.Nasr  18.Massa  19.Wehrlein  20.Ericsson  21.Haryanto  DNF Button

Stats

  • Lewis Hamilton after winning in Hungary, takes the lead in the Driver Championship for the first time in 2016.
  • Hamilton win for Mercedes was the first for the German team since 2013.
  • Daniel Ricciardo’s 3rd place was his first podium appearance since his 3rd place in Monaco.

Drivers Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton 192 points
  2. Nico Rosberg 186 points
  3. Daniel Ricciardo 115 points
  4. Kimi Raikkonen 114 points
  5. Sebastian Vettel 110 points

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 378 points
  2. Ferrari 224 points
  3. Red Bull 223 points
  4. Williams 94 points
  5. Force India 74 points

 

Hungarian Qualifying Round 11

Nico Rosberg takes pole position in wet-dry qualifying ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo as Q1 is disrupted 4 times.

23/07/16

Track limits

The new track limits were introduced fully for the British grand prix and were a heavy factor in qualifying and saw many drivers times deleted for running over the kerbs at certain corners.  For this weekend, the track has been resurfaced and new kerbs with sensors to tell who has been off the track at certain parts. Turn 4 and turn 11 have track limits on them and if anyone who goes over more then 3 times will get a penalty.

Q1

The session is delayed by 20 minutes due to the amount of rain that is on the track. The safety car has made an appearance and finally, race control has decided that the track is okay for cars to go out on. Felipe Massa is first out and everyone is on wet tyres. Several team radio’s are reporting of more rain to come and its coming soon. Massa sets a lap time of a 1:43:999 compared to Nico Hulkenberg times after Massa of a 1:41:471. The session has been red flagged with 13 minutes and 8 seconds to go with the rain increasing. Its not looking good for Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton as their laps were slow and are languishing in 18th, 20th and 21st place.

Max Verstappen is the first car back out after the stoppage and with the rain dying, he sets a 1:40:424. With 9 minutes to go, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson is the first casualty of the session as he slid into the barrier at turn 10. Daniel Ricciardo goes quickest on a 1:39:968 and the session is again red flagged.

Felipe Nasr is the first car out on track after his team-mate’s car is removed from the track and he sets a lap of a 1:39:500. With 6 minutes to go Lewis Hamilton has gone wide at turn 1 and that has ruined his lap. Guess what? Their is another red flag with 5 minutes and 20 seconds to go, Felipe Massa is out at turn 4.

The session is started again and Fernando Alonso is the first car on the track. Everyone is on the Intermediate tyre. Lewis Hamilton sets the quickest lap of a 1:34:210. For the 4th and final time, the red flag appears again as Rio Haryanto is out at turn 10. The stewards decide not to restart the session and the session ends with Nico Rosberg quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

Out: Palmer – 17th, Massa – 18th, Magnussen – 19th, Ericsson – 20th, Wehrlein – 21st and Haryanto – 22nd.

Q2

Sebastian Vettel is the first car out on the track on Intermediate tyre and sets a lap time of a 1:34:137. Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo follow and are quicker than Vettel on a 1:32:378 and a 1:32:008. With 7 minutes and 50 seconds to go, Williams Valterri Bottas pits and changes to the Supersoft as the track is drying and the dry tyre makes an appearance. Bottas’s first lap on the Supersoft tyre is a 1:30:647. Everyone has now switched to the Supersoft tyre and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is lighting up the timing screens as he sets a 1:26:047. Max Verstappen ends the session quickest ahead of Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

Out: Nasr – 16th, Button – 15th, Raikkonen – 14th, Perez – 13th, Kvyat – 12th and Grosjean 11th.

Q3

Nico Rosberg is out first ans sets a lap time of a 1:20:499. Lewis Hamilton then comes round and is on provisional pole position as he sets a lap time of a 1:20:108. Everyone goes back to the pits, refuels and changes tyres for the second runs. Everyone is on their final runs and somebody has spun! Its Fernando Alonso, he’s spun in sector 2 and their are double yellow flags around that sector. Nico Rosberg has had a bad sector 1 and comes round to sector 2 where Alonso has spun and the double yellow flags are gone as Alonso has recovered and back on the track. Rosberg slowed a tad but then sped back up because their was no yellow flags. It’s great sector 2 and Lewis Hamilton’s pole position looks to be in danger. Nico Rosberg comes round and takes pole position after an amazing sector 3.

Top 10: Bottas – 10th, Hulkenberg – 9th, Button  – 8th, Alonso – 7th, Sainz – 6th, Vettel – 5th, Verstappen – 4th.

Top 3: Ricciardo – 3rd, Hamilton – 2nd and Rosberg 1st.

Qualifying Results

1.Rosberg  2.Hamilton  3.Ricciardo  4.Verstappen  5.Vettel  6.Sainz  7.Alonso  8.Button  9.Hulkenberg  10.Bottas  11.Grosjean  12.Kvyat  13.Perez  14.Raikkonen  15.Gutierrez  16.Nasr  17.Palmer  18.Massa  19.Magnussen  20.Ericsson  21.Wehrlein  22.Haryanto

Rosberg keeps pole

After studying data of the incident, in which Nico Rosberg passed double-yellow flags after McLaren’s Fernando Alonso spun out in sector 2, the stewards accepted telemetry from the German’s car ‘demonstrated that the driver reduced speed significantly’ in sector 2 and this means that Rosberg keeps his pole position.

Who’s where in 2017

It’s coming up to the mid season break and teams and drivers are considering their options for 2017.

22/07/16

Williams, Torro Rosso, Manor, Renault, Sauber and Haas all have their driver options open for 2017.

Ferrari and McLaren were key to the driver market until early July when Ferrari re-signed Kimi Raikkonen to partner Sebastian Vettel.

In Ferrari’s case, they had a number of drivers waiting for a drive. Valterri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean were among the candidates.

Throughout the year, Nico Rosberg has been waiting for his new Mercedes contract and that was confirmed today. The new contract will see him to the end of this year, 2017 and 2018 and will see his partnership continue with team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg has been with Mercedes since 2010 and has claimed 19 wins and 45 podiums but has also witnessed Hamilton take the crown fro the past two seasons.

McLaren will have to get rid of one of their champions either Fernando Alonso or Jenson Button. Alonso is signed till the end of 2017 with Button out of contract. McLaren have Stoffel Vandoorne signed and locked down. Vandoorne stepped in and replaced Alonso in Bahrain and scored McLaren’s first points of the season with 10th place. For 2016, Vandoorne was their test and reserve driver and in 2015, he won the GP2 title. McLaren cannot let Vandoorne sit on the side line for another year, they have to promote him for 2017. So it looks like Vandoorne will partner Alonso for 2017 leaving Button without a drive.

Revealed earlier this month, Button and Vandoorne have been told to wait until the Italian GP at the earliest in September before hearing any news on the second seat.

For now, Button’s last option of staying in the sport is going to Williams. For 2016, Williams had Valterri Bottas and Felipe Massa but that might change for 2017. But Williams management think highly of Button and a partnership with Bottas might just do the deal.

His decision will be made when McLaren likely sign Vandoorne to partner Alonso. Then if a seat is available at Williams, I would take it. But if Williams do keep Bottas and Massa, I think Button would announce his retirement near the end of the season. Button has been linked to replace Chris Evans at Top Gear and that would be a nice ending for Button.

Torro Rosso have re-signed Carlos Sainz for a 3rd season. Sainz would have been a good replacement for Raikkonen at Ferrari. Daniil Kvyat was demoted from Red Bull to Torro Rosso before the Spanish GP and Max Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull. Kvyat has lost confidence and has made many mistakes and it is unlikely that Kvyat will stay for 2017. Pierre Gasly is part of Red Bull’s young driver program and is currently racing in GP2. Gasly would be a good replacement for Kvyat for 2017.

Renault on the other hand are trying to build a stable team for the future. Renault took over Lotus in 2015 and signed Kevin Magnussen and test and reserve driver, Jolyon Palmer. Both drivers are trying to drag the car out of the first stage of Qualifying and into the points. Esteban Ocon has been in practice sessions and has been quick. Palmer so far this year has struggled to beat Magnussen and perform at his best. Sergey Sirotkin is also an option and he racing in GP2 and has made a couple of appearances for the team. Despite this I would keep Magnussen and Palmer for 2017.

Manor this year have made huge gains on the midfield and have already scored a point in Austria. Manor will re-sign Pascal Wehrlein as he is Mercedes young driver and the most likely candidate if Mercedes want to replace Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg. Wehrlein finished 10th in Austria and scored a single point. The second seat is up for debate. Rio Haryanto has kept Wehrlein on his toes but might not have the financial funds to keep him at Manor for 2017.

American based Haas has shown to other teams how to enter F1 properly. Romain Grosjean has stolen the headline for Haas and has so far scored 28 points. Meanwhile teammate Esteban Gutierrez had failed to score any points and has struggled with the car set-up. Despite this I would keep Grosjean and Gutierrez for 2017 but I would keep Haas’s development driver, Santino Ferrucci in mind for a drive.

Sauber meanwhile have secured their future in the sport by being sold to Swiss investment company Longbow Finance in a deal which secures their F1 stay. On Wednesday, Monisha Kaltenborn also keeps her job, while the investment firm state that it is their “clear intention to stabilise the group and create the basis for a competitive and successful future”. Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson will at least see out the 2016 campaign but have no news on 2017 as of yet.

Force India are keeping both drivers of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg for 2017. This was confirmed earlier this month and both drivers are hoping to overtake Williams in the Constructors standings. Perez has been on the podium twice this season so far in 3rd place in Monaco and Europe.

Red Bull are keeping both drivers of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen for 2017. Ricciardo was an option for Ferrari but he is locked into a deal with Red Bull to see him through to 2018. Verstappen has impressed and has already taken a win in Spain. Both will probably stay with Red Bull for the foreseeable future.

My Predictions for 2017

Mercedes: Hamilton & Rosberg (confirmed)
Ferrari: Vettel & Raikkonen (confirmed)
Red Bull: Ricciardo & Verstappen (confirmed)
Williams: Bottas & Button
Force India: Perez & Hulkenberg (confirmed)
Torro Rosso: Sainz & Gasly
McLaren: Alonso & Vandoorne
Haas: Grosjean & Gutierrez
Renault: Magnussen & Palmer
Manor: Wehrlein & Haryanto
Sauber: Nasr & Ericsson

Out from F1 at the end of 2016
Felipe Massa
Daniil Kvyat

In F1 for 2017
Pierre Gasly
Stoffel Vandoorne

After Round 10 Standings

After the British grand prix, Nico Rosberg leads the Drivers Championship and Mercedes lead the Constructors Championship.

11/07/16

Drivers Championship

  1. Nico Rosberg 168 points
  2. Lewis Hamilton 167 points
  3. Kimi Raikkonen 106 points
  4. Daniel Ricciardo 100 points
  5. Sebastian Vettel 98 points
  6. Max Verstappen 90 points
  7. Valterri Bottas 54 points
  8. Sergio Perez 47 points
  9. Felipe Massa 38 points
  10. Romain Grosjean 28 points
  11. Nico Hulkenberg 26 points
  12. Carlos Sainz 26 points
  13. Daniil Kvyat 23 points
  14. Fernando Alonso 18 points
  15. Jenson Button 13 points
  16. Kevin Magnussen 6 points
  17. Pascal Wehrlein 1 point
  18. Stoffel Vandoorne 1 point
  19. Esteban Gutierrez 0 points
  20. Jolyon Palmer 0 points
  21. Marcus Ericsson 0 points
  22. Felipe Nasr 0 points
  23. Rio Haryanto 0 points

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 335 points
  2. Ferrari 204 points
  3. Red Bull 198 points
  4. Williams 92 points
  5. Force India 73 points
  6. Torro Rosso 41 points
  7. McLaren 32 points
  8. Haas F1 28 points
  9. Renault 6 points
  10. Manor 1 point
  11. Sauber 0 points

The Hungarian grand prix weekend takes place in Budapest for round 11 on the 22nd – 24th of July.

British Race Round 10

Lewis Hamilton wins wet-dry British grand prix ahead of Red Bulls Max Verstappen and Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg.

Safety Car start

Due to all the rain just before the start, the safety car will take the lead for a couple of laps with all the cars starting on the full wet tyres.

Race

The safety car leads the field with Lewis Hamilton leading Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen. Still behind the safety car on lap 3, Hamilton is talking on his radio to his team about switching to the Intermediate tyre and he is complaining that the safety car is going too slowly.  Lap 5, the safety car is in and many car pull into the pits and switching to the Intermediate tyre. Kimi Raikkonen, Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are just who have pitted. Lap 6, Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen. Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa and Daniil Kvyat pit for the Intermediate tyre. Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein is in the gravel at turn 1 and is out and brings out the Virtual safety car.

Lap 7, Hamilton, Rosberg, Verstappen and Sergio Perez pull into the pits and put on the Intermediate tyre just as the Virtual safety car ends. Lap 9, Hamilton leads ahead of Rosberg, Verstappen, Perez and Ricciardo. Lap 11, Valterri Bottas spins and drops down to 13th place. Lap 12, the dry line on the track is starting to appear and the dry tyre could be soon. Lap 16, Max Verstappen is only 1 second behind Nico Rosberg in 2nd. Sebastian Vettel ventures on the the Medium tyre and is the first one to do that.

Max Verstappen gets a great run and is up right behind Nico Rosberg and overtakes Rosberg through turns 13 and 14 and into 2nd place. Lap 17, Kimi Raikkonen now pits and goes onto the Medium tyre and so does Felipe Massa, Valterri Bottas, Romain Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer. At the end of lap 17, lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg and others pit for the Medium tyre. Romain Grosjean is slowing and stops in sector 2. Lap 18, Sebastian Vettel spins and recovers as <Max Verstappen pits for the Medium tyre.

Lap 20, Jolyon Palmer has been given a 10 second stop and go penalty for an unsafe release. Lap 22, Daniel Ricciardo overtakes Nico Hulkenberg for 4th place. Lap 24, Fernando Alonso has spun and is in the gravel trap at turn 1. Rally mode engaged and he is out and back on the track. Lap 25, Carlos Sainz spins at turn 1 and keeps going. Lap 28, Lewis Hamilton has now gone too wide at turn 1 but rejoins comfortably in the lead.

Lap 34, Nico Rosberg is now right behind Max Verstappen and he wants 2nd place back from the Dutch. Lap 38, Rosberg overtakes Verstappen for 2nd place. Lap 41, Sebastian Vettel has been given a 5 second time penalty for forcing Felipe Massa off the track as Jolyon Palmer’s home race ends early as he is out. Lap 47, Rosberg has now got a gearbox issue and has been told by his engineer to avoid 7th gear, something engineer are not allowed to do! Lap 46, Kimi Raikkonen overtakes Sergio Perez for 5th place and sums up a miserable race for Ferrari. Lap 49, Nico Rosberg is under investigation by the stewards for the using radio restrictions which are not allowed.

Race result

1.Hamilton  2.Verstappen  3.Rosberg*  4.Ricciardo  5.Raikkonen  6.Perez  7.Hulkenberg  8.Sainz  9.Vettel*  10.Kvyat  11.Massa  12.Button  13.Alonso  14.Bottas  15.Nasr  16.Gutierrez  17.Magnussen  DNF Palmer, Haryanto, Grosjean, Ericsson and Wehrlein

Rosberg* had 10s added to his race time for receiving illegal assistance via team radio.

Vettel* had 5s added to his race time for forcing Massa off track.

 

 

British Qualifying Round 10

Home favourite Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel incurs another 5 place grid drop after a gearbox change.

09/07/16

Ferrari confirm Raikkonen for 2017

Ferrari yesterday have put all rumours to rest by resigning Kimi Raikkonen to partner Sebastian Vettel for 2017. Raikkonen, rejoined Ferrari in 2014 after returning to the sport in 2012. Raikkonen was then in 2014 outclassed by team-mate Fernando Alonso before Vettel joined in 2015. Many F1 pundits and fans stated and feared that 2016 would be Raikkonen’s last year. Should Ferrari have stayed with Raikkonen or gone with a younger driver?

Vettel’s rotten luck!

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel suffered another gearbox failure at the end of final practise today. This will be the second race in a row in which he has had to change his gearbox. The penalty will consist of a grid drop of 5 places.

Ericsson’s huge shunt

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson lost control of his car and crashed exiting Stowe corner. Ericsson ran a tad wide and got his left-rear wheel on the exit kerb at around and in a moment his C35 was heading for a big impact with the tyre wall. Ericsson is unlikely to participate in Qualifying and is in hospital for precautionary medical checks.

Q1

Pascal Wehrlein is out first but its his team-mate of Rio Haryanto to set the opening pace of a 1:33:821. The stewards are clamping down on track limits and Jolyon Palmer is one of the first to get his time disallowed. With 5 minutes to go, Nico Rosberg leads ahead of Lewis Hamilton , Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. With 2 minutes to go, Pascal Wehrlein, Felipe Nasr, Rio Haryanto, Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer are in the drop zone. Q1 ends with Rosberg quickest Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer are the two British drivers that are knocked out in Q1 with Lewis Hamilton the remaining Brit left in.

Out: Nasr – 21st, Wehrlein – 20th, Haryanto – 19th, Palmer – 18th and Button – 17th.

Q2

McLaren have said that they could not have put Jenson Button out on another run in Q1 because the rear en plate of his rear wing broke. Nico Rosberg is first out and sets a 1:29:970. Lewis Hamilton comes round and sets a new lap record round the track of a 1:29:243. Kimi Raikkonen spins in the final sector at turn 18 with 7 minutes to go and he has not completed a lap yet. With 1 minute to go, Raikkonen comes round and starts his first and final lap. It’s good enough to put him comfortably in the top 10. Lewis Hamilton is quickest ahead of Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen.

Out: Magnussen – 16th, Kvyat – 15th, Gutierrez – 14th, Grosjean – 13th, Massa – 12th and Perez – 11th.

Q3

Nico Rosberg is again out first and sets a 1:29:606. Lewis Hamilton comes round and goes on pole with a  1:29:339 but it is short-lived and the FIA delete his time for Hamilton running all 4 wheels off track at turn 9. With 3 minutes and 30 seconds to go, Hamilton appears back out on track with a maximum of 2 laps to set a time good enough for pole. With 10 seconds to go, Hamilton comes round and sets a time of a 1:29:287 and pole is his.

Top 10: Alonso – 10th, Hulkenberg – 9th, Sainz – 8th, Bottas – 7th, Vettel – 6th, Raikkonen – 5th, Ricciardo – 4th.

Top 3: Verstappen – 3rd, Rosberg – 2nd and Hamilton 1st.

Qualifying Results

1.Hamilton  2.Rosberg  3.Verstappen  4.Ricciardo  5.Raikkonen  6.Bottas  7.Sainz  8.Hulkenberg  9.Alonso  10.Perez  11.Vettel*  12.Massa  13.Grosjean  14.Gutierrez  15.Kvyat  16.Magnussen  17.Button  18.Palmer  19.Haryanto  20.Wehrlein  21.Nasr  22.Ericsson*

Vettel* took the 5 place grid penalty after Qualifying and dropped from 6th – 11th.

Ericsson* has been given the all clear by doctors and will start from the pit lane. Ericsson has been given a new chassis and a new gearbox.