Malaysian GP Preview

Nico Rosberg took the lead in the drivers championship for the first time since the British GP after his win at the Singapore GP. How will Lewis Hamilton react to a difficult weekend in Singapore and is this Ferrari’s last chance for a GP victory this year?

30/09/16

History of the Malaysian GP

The Sepang International Circuit has held the title of the Malaysian GP since 1999. Eddie Irvine for Ferrari won the inaugural race. Drivers and teams always have to keep an eye on the forecast as rain heavily disrupted the race back in 2009. Half points were awarded with Jenson Button taking victory that year. Kimi Raikkonen took his first ever win in F1 back in 2003 driving for McLaren. I will always remember the race in 2012 where Sergio Perez took his first ever podium behind race winner Fernando Alonso.

Track facts

  • First GP: 1999
  • Laps: 56
  • Circuit length: 5.543km
  • Race distance: 310.408km
  • Lap record: 1:34:233, Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004
  • Corners: 15

Most Wins

Sebastian Vettel has the most GP wins around Malaysia with 4, his last win last year. Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher are tied on 3 wins each with Kimi Raikkonen on 2 wins. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have 1 win each.

F1 News

Alonso to take new Honda upgrade

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is set to start from the back of the grid at the Malaysia GP with Honda trialling new engine parts this weekend.Alonso will pick up a 30-place grid penalty.

Ahead of their home race in Japan next week, Honda will trial a new power unit on Alonso’s MP4-31 in Practice One at Sepang on Friday.

FIA release provisional calendar for 2017

The FIA have released a provisional calendar for 2017 with the Canadian, German and Brazilian GPs in doubt.Each race was listed as subject to confirmation on the first provisional 2017 calendar published by governing body the FIA. Brazil is facing financial troubles, Germany’s problems come from the financial collapse of the Nurburgring and Canada has to improve its track.

The calendar closely echoes this year’s record 21-race season. It will start in Australia on 26 March and end in Abu Dhabi on 26 November.

Other Motorsport News

Eight drivers in contention to lift BTCC title

An unprecedented number of drivers remain in contention to win the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as the grand finale approaches at Brands Hatch this weekend.

Renault e.dams reveal new look for season 3

Defending FIA Formula E Championship Teams’ and Drivers’ title winners Renault e.dams has unveiled its livery for season three of the all-electric city street racing series, featuring a vivid blue colour with flashes of bright yellow.

 

 

Singapore Race Round 15

Nico Rosberg wins the Singapore GP and takes the lead in the championship ahead of Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton as Renault scores its first points since the Russian GP.

18/09/16

Tyre choice

Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Felipe Nasr and Jolyon Palmer will start on the Supersoft tyre with Sebastian Vettel starting on the Soft tyre, the only one to do so. Everyone else will start on the Ultrasoft tyre.

Race

The lights go green and Nico Rosberg gets away from pole position and lead down to turn 1 as Max Verstappen’s bad start causes chaos. Carlos Sainz, who started behind Verstappen pulls to the right to avoid the slow starting Red Bull while behind him, Nico Hulkenberg also gets a great start. Hulkenberg hits Sainz and Hulkenberg hits the pit wall and is out. Sainz survives and the Safety car is deployed with Rosberg leading Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton.

Due to Hulkenberg’s accident on the start/finish line, the cars have go through the pit lane behind the Safety car. Fernando Alonso has made his way up to 5th place with Max Verstappen dropping to 8th place due to his bad start. Also at the start, Jenson Button and Valterri Bottas made contact and both take to the pits to repair their cars. Lap 3, the Safety car comes in and Nico Rosberg leads. Lap 6, Carlos Sainz has receives a black and orange flag for a bit of loose bit of his barge board hanging off his car while Sebastian Vettel, who started 21st, has made his way up to 15th place. Lap 7, Esteban Ocon is under investigation by the stewards for overtaking under the Safety car while Sainz pits and his pit crew fix the damaged barge board. Lap 8, the stewards are taking no more action against what was an unsafe release by the Williams pit crew to let Valterri Bottas go.

Lap 9, Nico Rosberg is told by his Mercedes team that he needs to get his brakes under control as the temperatures nearly critical. A lap later and the other Mercedes car of Lewis Hamilton is also told to keep on top of his brakes as well as Rosberg. Lap 12, Esteban Ocon has been given a 5 second penalty by the stewards for overtaking behind the Safety car.

Lap 14, Max Verstappen pits and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. Lap 16, Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton pit from 2nd and 3rd and both go onto Supersoft tyre. Lap 17, race leader Nico Rosberg pits puts on the Soft tyre but its a longer stop than he wanted. Lap 18, Kimi Raikkonen pits along with Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Nasr onto the Supersoft tyre. Lap 19, Rosberg leads ahead of Ricciardo, Hamilton and Raikkonen. Lap 25, Raikkonen has caught up to the back of Hamilton in 3rd as Sebastian Vettel pits for the Ultrasoft tyre. Lap 26, Sergio Perez pits for the Soft tyre an emerges behind Vettel. Lap 28, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz pits for the Soft and Supersoft tyre.

Lap 33, Daniel Ricciardo pits for the Soft tyre as Kimi Raikkonen overtakes Lewis Hamilton for 3rd place at turn 11. Lap 34, Nico Rosberg and Raikkonen pit for the Soft tyre. Lap 34, Valterri Bottas pits and his pit crew are trying to do his seatbelt which has come undone. He waits and the seatbelt is fastened as Lewis Hamilton pits for the Soft tyre. Hamilton emerges ahead of Raikkonen as Rosberg leads ahead of Ricciardo. Lap 35, Fernando Alonso pits for the Soft tyre and emerges back out on track in 9th place. Lap 37, Williams decide to retire Bottas from the race.

Lap 43, Sebastian Vettel pits for the Ultrasoft tyre and this should take him to the end of the race. Lap 45, Max Verstappen pits for the Soft tyre as McLaren decide to retire Jenson Button from the race. Lap 46, Lewis Hamilton decides to pit and the decision to pit seems to have left Ferrari in a panic. There is panic in Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer voice as they work out a strategy for Raikkonen. Lap 47, Ferrari bring Raikkonen into the pits and decide to put Raikkonen on a used set of Ultrasoft tyre, with Hamilton on the Supersoft tyre. Hamilton drives past and the undercut has worked! Hamilton is 3rd with Raikkonen 4th. Lap 48, Daniel Ricciardo pits and puts on the Supersoft tyre. Will this pressure Nico Rosberg into a pit stop? No it doesn’t. Rosberg stays out

Lap 50, Daniel Ricciardo is catching Nico Rosberg at a rate of knots a puts in a new fastest lap of the race of a 1:47:187. The gap between Rosberg in 1st and Ricciardo in 2nd is 20 seconds. The gap confirms that is Rosberg had pitted after Ricciardo, he would have lost the lead of the race. Lap 54, Ricciardo has slashed the gap to Rosberg by 11 seconds and the gap is now only 9 seconds. Lap 61, Rosberg only has a 1.8 second gap to Ricciardo but Ricciardo can’t get any closer to win. Rosberg wins ahead of Ricciardo and Hamilton.

Race result

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

Race stats

  • Nico Rosberg wins his 200th GP start and now takes the lead in the Driver’s Championship, 8 points clear of Lewis Hamilton. His win today was his first win in Singapore and his 22nd victory overall.
  • Lewis Hamilton’s 3rd place marked his 99th podium appearance today and he could make it 100 in the next race.
  • Sebastian Vettel finished 5th after starting 21st on the grid. His heroic driver earned him Driver of the Day.
  • Kevin Magnussen finished 10th and picked up Renault’s first point since the Russian GP. It was only the second time that a Renault had finished inside the top 10.

Drivers Championship

  1. Nico Rosberg 273pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 265pts
  3. Daniel Ricciardo 179pts
  4. Sebastian Vettel 153pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen 148pts
  6. Max Verstappen 129pts
  7. Valterri Bottas 70pts
  8. Sergio Perez 66pts
  9. Nico Hulkenberg 46pts
  10. Felipe Massa 41pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 538pts
  2. Red Bull 316pts
  3. Ferrari 301pts
  4. Force India 112pts
  5. Williams 111pts
  6. McLaren 54pts
  7. Torro Rosso 47pts
  8. Haas 28pts
  9. Renault 7pts
  10. Manor 1pt
  11. Sauber 0pts

 

 

Singapore Qualifying Round 15

Nico Rosberg takes pole position ahead of Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton for tomorrow’s race as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will start at on the last row of the grid.

17/09/16

Q1

Nico Rosberg sets his first time of a 1:45:316 but team-mate Lewis Hamilton beats him on 1:45:167. Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen are next of the big runners to complete a lap of a 1:44:964 and a 1:45:036. Daniel Ricciardo is next on a 1:44:255 while Sebastian Vettel is encountering problems? Yes, something is broken on Vettel’s car and he is way off the pace in sector 1 alone. Vettel can’t improve and will line-up for tomorrows race in 22nd place. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson makes it through to Q2 beating beating both Renaults, Manors and team-mate Felipe Nasr. Daniel Ricciardo is quickest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen.

Out: Vettel – 22nd, Ocon – 21st, Wehrlein – 20th, Palmer – 19th, Nasr 18th and Magnussen – 18th.

Q2

Marcus Ericsson is the first to set a lap and its a very uncompetitive time of a 1:48:230. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are next to set their lap times on a 1:43:020 and a 1:43:471. Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen set their lap times on a 1:44:159, 1:43:933 and a 1:44:112. With 2 minutes to go, the cars head out for their final runs. 20 seconds to go and Romain Grosjean is in the wall in sector 2, the replay shows that into the braking zone, he lost the rear of the car and ended up in the barrier. With less than 10 seconds to go, Jenson Button has pulled up in the final sector having hit the wall with his left-rear tyre, causing a puncture. Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg make it through despite the late drama. Nico Rosberg is quickest ahead of  Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo.

Out: Ericsson – 16th, Grosjean – 15th, Gutierrez – 14th, Button – 13th, Massa – 12th and Bottas – 11th.

Q3

The start of the final qualifying session is delayed by 10 minutes as the barriers are repaired due to Grosjean’s crash. Nico Hulkenberg is the first to set a lap of a 1:44:954. Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg are next on a 1:43:741 and a 1:42:584. Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen are next to set a lap of 1:43:843, 1:43:288 and a 1:43:540. Rosberg is on provisional pole but will it remain after the second and final runs. None of the drivers are improving, the track hasn’t improved but Ricciardo improves massively in the final sector. Where will it put him? 2nd, ahead of Hamilton but behind Rosberg on pole.

Top 10: Perez – 10th, Alonso – 9th, Hulkenberg – 8th, Kvyat – 7th, Sainz – 6th, Raikkonen – 5th, Verstappen – 4th.

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

Qualifying results

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

Perez* was given an grid penalty of 8 places after he after failed to slow down under double waved yellow flags caused by Grosjean’s crash.

Grosjean* received a 5 place grid drop after a gearbox change.

 

 

 

Singapore GP Preview

Formula One heads to Singapore this weekend for the Singapore GP after the last European race in Italy. Nico Rosberg won in Italy ahead of Lewis Hamilton and now has closed the gap in the championship to 2 points. Who will lead the championship when the race is over on Sunday?

15/09/16

History of the Singapore GP

Singapore first appeared on the F1 calendar in 2008 and became F1’s first night race. The race was overshadowed by the crash by Nelson Piquet Jr which helped Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso to win. Piquet was told to crash on purpose by his team to help cause a safety car and for Alonso to win. The circuit has been described as “Monaco at night-time” due to the barriers being so close to the track.

Track facts

  • First GP: 2008
  • Laps: 61
  • Circuit length: 5.065km
  • Race distance: 308.828km
  • Lap record: 1:50:041, Daniel Ricciardo, 2015
  • Corners: 23

Most Wins

Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver round the Marina Bay taking 4 wins including his victory here last year. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are tied on 2 wins each.

F1 News

Haas to bring final 2016 upgrade

Haas will bring an upgrade to the Singapore GP in what is expected to be its last of the season, with development focused on 2017. It is believed plans for next season accelerated after those impressive early races, but the developments for Singapore including the front wing, floor and brake ducts were planned.

Renault undecided on 2017 driver line-up

Renault has delayed making a decision on its driver line-up for the 2017 Formula 1 season. Kevin Magnussen and team-mate Jolyon Palmer, as well as rival Renault contenders Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon are in contention to take the seats for 2017.

Renault has been quoted in saying that they would want a French driver driving for the team. It just so happens that Ocon is French and is Renault’s test and reserve driver. Perez has spoken about his future and it wasn’t clear if he was going to stay with Force India.

 

 

Italian Race Round 14

Nico Rosberg wins the Italian GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel as Rosberg narrows the championship gap to Hamilton to 2 points.

04/09/16

Tyre choice

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Pascal Wehrlein, Carlos Sainz, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Nasr, Marcus Ericsson and Jolyon Palmer will start on the Soft tyre. Esteban Ocon will be the only one on the Medium tyre with the rest of the grid on the Supersoft tyre.

Race

The lights go green and Nico Rosberg gets a great start and leads. Lewis Hamilton gets a poor start and gets jumped by Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo to 6th place at the end of the first lap. Lap 2, Hamilton piles the pressure on Ricciardo into turn 1 but Hamilton gets the better exit and overtakes into turn 4.

Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr clash at the exit of turn 2 and both have a heavy amount of damage. At the end of lap 2, Palmer pits for a new front wing and Nasr limps back to the pits as well. Max Verstappen also got a bad start and dropped from 7th to 11th. Lap 8, Verstappen overtakes Fernando Alonso into turn 1 and up into 9th place. Lap 9, Renault retire Jolyon Palmer from the race. Lap 11, Lewis Hamilton overtakes Valterri Bottas into turn 1 for 4th place.

Lap 14, Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso pit and all three of them go onto Soft tyre. Lap 15, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Jenson Button pit and go onto the Supersoft, Soft and Soft tyres. Lap 17, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa pit and go onto the Supersoft, Soft and Soft tyre. With Raikkonen and Vettel on the Supersoft tyre, this confirms that they are both doing a 2 stop strategy.

Lap 25, race leader, Nico Rosberg finally pits and switches to the Medium tyre. At the end of lap 25, Lewis Hamilton pits and also goes onto the Medium tyre. Lap 28, Pascal Wehrlein pulls off the track at turn 1 and is out of the race. Lap 31, Valterri Bottas pits and goes onto the Soft tyre. Lap 34, Sebastian Vettel makes his final stop of the day and goes onto the Soft tyre till the end of the race. Lap 35, Kimi Raikkonen is next to make his final stop and goes onto the Soft tyre. Lap 36, Max Verstappen pits and switches to the Soft tyre.

Lap 39, Daniel Ricciardo pits and switches to the Supersoft tyre and immediately starts hunting down Valtteri Bottas. Torro Rosso decide to retire Daniil Kvyat from the race just in time as well as Kvyat got a 5 second penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Lap 45, Jenson Button overtakes team-mate Fernando Alonso into turn 1 and is up into 12th place. Lap 47, after 6 laps, Daniel Ricciardo overtakes Valterri Bottas into turn 1 and both are side by side. Ricciardo is on the outside and gets amazing traction and is ahead on the exit of turn 2. Lap 53, Nico Rosberg wins ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Race result

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

Race stats

  •  Winning in Monza today was Nico Rosberg’s 7th win of the season and his 21st career victory. It was also his 50th podium appearance and the win today put Rosberg only 2 points behind Lewis Hamilton.
  • Sebastian Vettel’s 3rd place was his and Ferrari’s first podium in 5 races.
  • Fernando Alonso set the fastest lap of the race of a 1:25:340. It was his first fastest lap time since Abu Dhabi 2013 and his 22nd overall.
  • Williams were able to claim back 4th place from Force India.

Drivers Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton 250pts
  2. Nico Rosberg 248pts
  3. Daniel Ricciardo 161pts
  4. Sebastian Vettel 143pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen 136pts
  6. Max Verstappen 121pts
  7. Valterri Bottas 70pts
  8. Sergio Perez 62pts
  9. Nico Hulkenberg 46pts
  10. Felipe Massa 41pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 498pts
  2. Red Bull 290pts
  3. Ferrari 279pts
  4. Williams 111pts
  5. Force India 108pts
  6. McLaren 48pts
  7. Torro Rosso 45pts
  8. Haas 28pts
  9. Renault 6pts
  10. Manor 1pt
  11. Sauber

 

Italian Qualifying Round 14

Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for the Italian GP ahead of Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel as Jenson Button announces that he won’t race in 2017.

03/09/16

Q1

Kevin Magnussen is the first car out on track and sets the pace of a 1:25:074. Nico Rosberg replaces Magnussen at the top with a 1:22:497. With 10 minutes to go, Manor’s Esteban Ocon comes to a halt at turn 1 at the run of area. The marshals push his car to safety and the incident is covered by a yellow flag for a minute. Lewis Hamilton goes to the top of the time sheets on a 1:21:854. With 2 minutes to go, Felipe Nasr, Fernando Alonso, Jolyon Palmer, Kevin Magnussen and Marcus Ericsson are in the drop zone.

The final laps are in and Magnussen, Palmer, Nasr and Ericsson can’t improve while Alonso can. Daniil Kvyat is also knocked out. Lewis Hamilton is fastest ahead of Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

Out: Ocon – 22nd, Magnussen – 21st, Palmer – 2oth, Ericsson – 19th, Nasr – 18th and Kvyat 17th.

Q2

Nico Rosberg is the first car out on track and sets a 1:21:809. Lewis Hamilton then replaces Rosberg at the top with a 1:21:498. Sebastian Vettel comes round and goes 3rd on a 1:22:255. With 5 minutes to go, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen sit dangerously close to the drop-zone in 9th and 10th. With 2 minutes to go, the cars head back out onto the track for their final runs in Q2.

Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean can’t improve while Nico Hulkenberg can and is in the top 10. Pascal Wehrlein splits the McLaren cars of Alonso and Button, a great effort. Lewis Hamilton is again fastest ahead of Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

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

Q3

Nico Rosberg is the first car out on the track and sets a lap time of a 1:21:646. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are next across the line on a 1:22:347 and a 1:21:358. Kimi Raikkonen sets a 1:22:065, a quicker lap than team-mate Vettel. With 3 minutes to go, the cars head out for their final runs in the session. Nico Rosberg cannot improve and Lewis Hamilton is on pole position.

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

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

Qualifying results

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

Grosjean* was handed a 5 place grid penalty for a gearbox change after FP3.

Button won’t race in 2017

Jenson Button will step down from F1 in 2017 and be replaced by Stoffel Vandoorne, but will stay with McLaren as an ambassador and reserve. Button has signed a deal with McLaren but could return to the grid in 2018 with McLaren after agreeing a new two-year role at the team.

Button is the third most experienced driver in F1 history, and this year’s Abu Dhabi finale is set to be his 308th F1 GP. Button could return to F1 in 2018 if Fernando Alonso retires. This means he would return and partner Vandoorne for 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Italian GP Preview

Formula One heads to Italy this weekend for the Italian GP after a chaotic Belgian GP. Lewis Hamilton last time out had his championship lead cut to 9 points. Will he be able to extend his lead or can Nico Rosberg narrow it again?

02/09/16

History of the Italian GP

Formula One heads to the fastest and most historic race track in the world this weekend in Italy. The Autodromo Nazionale Monza has held some historic races in the past with my favourite of being in 2008 when Sebastian Vettel  drove for Torro Rosso and won for the first time. Italy is home to Ferrari and Torro Rosso. Ferrari’s fans here are called the “tifosi”.

Track facts

  • First GP: 1950
  • Laps: 53
  • Circuit length: 5.793km
  • Race distance: 306.72km
  • Lap record: 1:21:046, Rubens Barrichello, 2004
  • Corners: 11

F1 News

Magnussen clear to race in Italy

Kevin Magnussen has been given the all clear to race at this weekend’s Italian GP. This comes after his huge crash at the top of Eau Rouge which brought out the red flag. Magnussen was able to get out of his wrecked Renault car but was limping.

McLaren to talk about driver line-up for 2017

McLaren Honda have kept to their word and will open talks on their 2017 driver line-up. Fernando Alonso has been confirmed for 2017 as a 3 year deal that he signed when he re-joined in 2015. Who will partner him is another question. The seat is up for contention between Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has commentated that it would be “crazy” for McLaren not to promote Vandoorne.

Grosjean to stay at Haas for 2017

Romain Grosjean is set to stay at Haas for 2017. Haas are yet to confirm their line-up for 2017 and are not in a rush to do so. Grosjean has scored all of the 28 points so far for Haas with team-mate Esteban Gutierrez looking for his first point of the year.

Massa announces F1 retirement

Williams driver Felipe Massa announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the season. Massa, told the media on Thursday about his retirement and now opens the door for the seat alongside Valterri Bottas for 2017. Massa had talked of staying at Williams for 2017 but it is believed that Massa was not Williams top priority for 2017. Massa’s last race will be in Abu Dhabi and will celebrate his 250th GP start.

Ferrari spend tokens on engine upgrade

Ferrari have used the last of their engine development tokens off the season ahead of the Italian GP. Ferrari are the first manufacturer to spend all of their 32 tokens for the season. Ferrari have confirmed that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will run a new internal combustion engine, new turbocharger, new MGU-H, new control electronics and new energy store for this weekend.

The Haas cars of Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez will both have new internal combustion engines, new turbochargers and new MGU-H components for this weekend.