Ricciardo wins thrilling race as McLaren scores points

Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo wins a chaotic, exciting and breathtaking European GP ahead of Mercedes Valterri Bottas and Williams Lance Stroll as Fernando Alonso scores his and McLaren’s first points of the season.

25/06/17

Tyre choice

Romain Grosjean, Marcus Ericsson and Stoffel Vandoorne will start on the Soft tyre while everyone else will start on the Supersoft tyre.

Race

The lights go out and every gets away well. Daniil Kvyat is caught out by how early Lance Stroll brakes and goes wide at turn 1. Kvyat rejoins the track just ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz. Sainz loses concentration and spins to avoid Kvyat. He rejoins at the back as Valterri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen clash at turn 2. The pair went into turn 2 side-by-side with Bottas on the inside and Raikkonen on the outside. Bottas took too much kerb and drifted into Raikkonen. Both have damage as Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.

Lap 2, Valterri Bottas has pitted for a new front wing and a set of the Soft tyres as Nico Hulkenberg has made his way up to 10th place after qualifying 13th. The incident between Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen is under investigation as Max Verstappen sets the fastest lap of the race of a 1:47:580 on lap 3. Lap 6, Lewis Hamilton has a 3.3 second gap to Sebastian Vettel who has a 2.1 second gap to Sergio Perez. Daniel Ricciardo and Stoffel Vandoorne pit on lap 6 with Ricciardo switching to the Soft tyre and Vandoorne to the Supersoft tyre.

The Stewards confirm that there will be no action between Valterri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen and also Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz. Lap 8, Daniel Ricciardo is back down in 15th place after his pit-stop. He was dealing with an issue with his brakes but his team tell him that the problem is resolved. Jolyon Palmer’s miserable weekend continues as the Brit slows down and enters the pit-lane as engine failure looks to be the probable cause. Lap 10, Ricciardo overtakes Marcus Ericsson and Sainz into turn 1 and is now up to 13th place.

Lap 11, Daniil Kvyat has stopped at the exit of turn 12. Surely not, yes Max Verstappen has got an issue. He is slow and makes it makes to the pits on lap 13 as the Safety Car is called out. Most of the field pits expect for Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg. Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Esteban Ocon, Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz pit onto the Soft tyre. Hamilton still leads behind the Safety Car ahead of Vettel, Stroll, Perez, Raikkonen, Massa, Ocon and Hulkenberg. Stroll and Hulkenberg finally pit and rejoin in 7th and 8th place both on the Soft tyre.

Lap 15, the Stewards have allowed that lapped cars, including Valterri Bottas, can overtake and unlap themselves. Lap 17, the Safety Car comes and the Racing resumes. Sebastian Vettel holds onto 2nd place as he incurs an attack from Sergio Perez. The Safety Car is back due to debris from Kimi Raikkonen. The cars goes through the pit-lane as the marshals clear the debris. Lap 19, the Safety Car is coming in at the end of this lap. Lewis Hamilton becomes the effective leader and leads Vettel and Perez.

Lewis Hamilton makes his way through turn 15 and gets hit from behind! Sebastian Vettel has slammed into the back of the Brit. Vettel gets onto the radio and says that Hamilton “brake tested me.” Vettel instantly pulls alongside Hamilton and bumps tyres. The Safety Car comes in and the racing resumes with Hamilton getting a clean break from the cars behind as Vettel is swamped by Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. Vettel stays ahead into turn 2 with Massa behind with Ocon on the inside of Perez trying to overtake. There’s contact! Ocon has hit Perez and Perez has lost a part of his front wing while Ocon also has damage. Lap 22, the Stewards has brought out the Red Flag due to the amount of debris on the track. The cars pull into the pits and stop in order at the end of the pit-lane.

Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa, Lance Stroll and Daniel Ricciardo. The incident between Hamilton and Vettel is under investigation as Sergio Perez rejoins the race. Perez had a broken wishbone but due to the work of his mechanics, is back in the race. Racing resumes on lap 23 with Ricciardo overtaking Massa, Nico Hulkenberg and Lance Stroll for 3rd place into turn 1! This proves to be a crucial move for the Aussie. Lap 25, Kevin Magnussen overtakes Massa and Hulkenberg into turn 1 and up into 5th place. Hulkenberg loses concentration and clips the wall turn 7 breaking his right-front suspension. He is out and he makes it a double retirement for Renault. Massa looks like to have something wrong with his car and he retires the car on lap 26.

Lap 29, Lewis Hamilton seems to have a problem with his headrest as it is sticking up from it’s usual position. He tries to pull it down but it’s no use and he is told to pit so Mercedes can replace it. Hamilton pits on lap 31 as Sebastian Vettel has received a 10 second stop/go penalty for dangerous driving. The stewards refer to the incident with Hamilton when Vettel pulled alongside and bumped into him, that’s why Vettel has received the penalty. Hamilton rejoins with a new headrest in 9th place with teammate Valterri Bottas in 7th. Vettel pits at the end of lap 33 and takes his penalty.

After serving his penalty, Sebastian Vettel has jumped Lewis Hamilton as Daniel Ricciardo leads ahead of Lance Stroll. Lap 36, Vettel overtakes Fernando Alonso for 6th place into turn 2 with Hamilton overtaking Alonso before turn 3 and up into 7th place. Lap 40, Valterri Bottas overtakes Esteban Ocon into turn 1 and is up into 3rd place. Vettel and Hamilton are both successful in overtaking Ocon on laps 42 and 43 as Ricciardo still leads ahead of Stroll, Bottas and now Vettel and Hamilton.

Valterri Bottas has been catching Lance Stroll by more than 1 second a lap and is less than 1 second behind as they enter the final sector. Daniel Ricciardo wins but who will be second? It’s so close but Bottas manages to overtakes Stroll just before the finishing line and nabs 2nd. Stroll finishes 3rd and claims his first podium as Vettel beats Hamilton to 4th.

Race Result

1.Ricciardo  2.Bottas  3.Stroll  4.Vettel  5.Hamilton  6.Ocon  7.Magnussen  8.Sainz  9.Alonso  10.Wehrlein  11.Ericsson  12.Vandoorne  13.Grosjean  14.Raikkonen  DNF Perez, Massa, Hulkenberg, Verstappen, Kvyat and Palmer

Race stats

  • Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo recorded his fifth career victory, and first since Malaysia last year. Ricciardo is now on a streak of four consecutive podium finishes, having finished third in the previous three races.
  • With third place, Lance Stroll became the 208th driver in history to score a world championship podium. The Canadian rookie recorded Williams’ first podium since, appropriately enough, last year’s Canadian Grand Prix when Valtteri Bottas was third. Stroll also won the fan-voted Driver of the Day award for the first time in his career.
  • Fernando Alonso finally scored his and McLaren’s first points of 2017 in 9th. In fact, Azerbaijan was the first race of the season where both McLarens were still running at the chequered flag, with Stoffel Vandoorne finishing 12th.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 152pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 139pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 111pts
  4. Daniel Ricciardo 92pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen 73pts
  6. Max Verstappen 45pts
  7. Sergio Perez 44pts
  8. Esteban Ocon 35pts
  9. Carlos Sainz 29pts
  10. Felipe Massa 20pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 250pts
  2. Ferrari 226pts
  3. Red Bull 137pts
  4. Force India 79pts
  5. Williams 37pts
  6. Toro Rosso 33pts
  7. Haas 21pts
  8. Renault 18pts
  9. Sauber 5pts
  10. McLaren 2pts

 

 

 

 

Argyll Rally 2017

Last weekend, Argyll Rally returned to Argyll & Bute region for the first time since 2003 to compete in forest stages for Round 5 of the 2017 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship.

27/06/17

The main action happened on Saturday with the ceremonial start at 9am in Argyll Street. Nearby residents were awakened by the grunt of the engines and were in the best place to see the cars head off. The 70 car field headed off in gaps to Stage 1 at Glenbranter.

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The start of the Rally commenced on Argyll Street, Dunoon with the first cars heading off at around 9am

  • Stage 1: Glenbranter
  • Stage 2: Bishops Glen
  • Stage 3: (No name given)
  • Stage 4: Glen Coe
  • Stage 5: Glenbranter (This stage did not run)
  • Stage 6: Bishops Glen
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The Ford Fiesta R5 was driven by eventual winners Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton.

After staying for around half an hour, I made my way up to the Bishops Glen for Stage 2. The lack of signs was the only thing I spotted which I thought more planning could have gone into. For myself, who knows Dunoon, it wasn’t a problem but for tourists and spectators to the event, it would have left them a bit confused about where they were.

I eventually got the start point of Stage 2 but was told by the Spectator Car that I wouldn’t make it to the Viewing point in time. I therefore walked on a bit to find a grass bank in which I stayed for the whole of Stage 2 to watch the cars fly past.

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Just one of the 70 cars flying past during Stage 2. The first car appeared at around 10:30 and the last at around 11:40.

When Stage 2 was done, I headed home to grab a bit of lunch and watched most of the Qualifying for the Formula One Azerbaijan GP. I headed back up to the Bishops Glen just before 3 o’clock to make sure that I had enough time to get a spot to watch the rally. I tried to go back to my original spot (shown above) but Marshals directed me onwards and wouldn’t let me get on the grass bank again. I followed the path and that led me to the first Viewing Point.

I saw a lot more action as I was only 1 and a half meters away from the cars going past.  The first car appeared at around 3:40 and the last car arrived at 4:45. There were less cars this time as some had sustained damage resulting in only 53 cars making the finish line.

The presentations happened in Dunoon Stadium later on in the night with Euan Thorburn being awarded the win ahead of Jock Armstrong and Shaun Sinclair.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I hope that the event returns next year. It’s not often you get a Motorsport event close to home and having this event return has hopefully put Argyll and Bute onto the Rally calendar.

The championship continues on and you find out more about the championship at http://www.scottishrallychampionship.co.uk or you can follow the Argyll Rally Facebook page for more information.

 

The official logo for the event with Mull Car Club partnering with the Dunoon Presents project as main sponsors to the Rally along with local business.

 

Hamilton on Pole after Ricciardo crashes in Q3

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of teammate Valterri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen as Williams Lance Stroll out-qualifies teammate Felipe Massa for the first time this season.

24/06/17

 

Qualifying

Q1

Q1 starts and Nico Hulkenberg is the first driver out on track. His first time of a 1:47:341 is not accounted for as the lap times tumble as Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso both go faster. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are next on a 1:43:750 and a 1:44:480. Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are next on a 1:43:419, 1:42:384 and a 1:43:123. Like other qualifying sessions this year, Mercedes and Ferrari look to be taking one extra lap to warm up their tyres to an optimal range unlike Red Bull and Williams

The times still tumble as Max Verstappen goes 2nd on a 1:142:544 with Lewis Hamilton going even quicker and is the only driver in the 1 minute 41s. With 5 minutes to go, Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Stoffel Vandoorne and Marcus Ericsson are in the drop-zone.  Magnussen is the only driver able to get himself out of the drop-zone but by doing that has pushed Fernando Alonso into the drop-zone and out. Lewis Hamilton ends Q1 quickest ahead of Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.

Out: Vandoorne – 19th, Ericsson – 18th, Grosjean – 17th and Alonso – 16th.

Q2

Q2 starts and Valterri Bottas emerges first. Bottas and Lewis Hamilton set their first lap times of a 1:47:119 and a 1:48:805. Meanwhile, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen set their first times. Bottas goes to a 1:42:032 and Hamilton to a 1:41:992. Hamilton improves once again to go seven tenths quicker on a 1:41:275.

With 5 minutes to go, Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg and Pascal Wehrlein are in the drop-zone. Kvyat is the only one to improve replacing his teammate of 11th place. Lewis Hamilton ends Q2 quickest ahead of Valterri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.

Out: Wehrlein – 15th, Hulkenberg – 14th, Magnussen – 13th, Sainz – 12th and Kvyat – 11th.

Q3

Q3 starts and Daniel Ricciardo is the first driver out on track. Valterri Bottas crosses the line on a 1:41:274 with Lewis Hamilton matching Bottas in the first two sectors. Hamilton crosses the line and has lost two tenths to Bottas in the 3rd sector. Hamilton’s time of a 1:41:428 is a result of the Brit running wide at the exit of turn 16. Sebastian Vettel takes advantage of Baku’s run-off areas as he slightly locks-up going into turn 2. He spins the car around and carries on.

With 5 minutes to go, Valterri Bottas leads ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Yellow flags are being shown and it’s a Red Bull with damage to it’s left-rear tyre. It’s Daniel Ricciardo. The session is red flagged and the replay shows Ricciardo losing the back end of the exit of turn 6 with the tyre making contact with barrier.

The session resumes with only 3 minutes and 33 seconds to go. Valterri Bottas is the first to cross the line and he goes quicker on a 1:41:027. There are now mistakes for Lewis Hamilton and he crosses the line to take provisional pole position on a 1:40:593. Kimi Raikkonen improves to a 1:41:693 beating Sebastian Vettel on a 1:41:841. Lance Stroll out-qualifies Williams teammate Felipe Massa for the first time this season.

Top 10: Ricciardo – 10th, Massa – 9th, Stroll – 8th, Ocon – 7th, Perez – 6th, Verstappen – 5th, Vettel – 4th, Raikkonen – 3rd, Bottas – 2nd and Hamilton – 1st.

Qualifying Result

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

*Penalties applied to both McLaren cars of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne for changing various engine components and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz. Alonso took a 40 grid place penalty with Vandoorne taking a 35 grid place penalty. Sainz was given a 3 place grid penalty for the lap 1 crash at the Canadian GP.

**Not Time set in Q1 due to an hydraulic leak which lead to a fire during FP3 for Renault’s Jolyon Palmer.

 

Hamilton wins after exciting Canadian GP

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton wins the Canadian GP ahead of team-mate Valterri Bottas and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo as Williams Lance Stroll scores his first points of his career at his home race.

11/06/17

Qualifying Result

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

Tyre choice

Everyone will start on the Ultrasoft tyre except from Kevin Magnussen and Pascal Wehrlein who will start on the Supersoft tyre.

Race

The lights go out and everyone makes a mediocre start. Heading down to turn 1, Valterri Bottas locks up on the inside of the track with Lewis Hamilton leading. To the outside of Hamilton is Sebastian Vettel and to the outside of Vettel is Max Verstappen. Verstappen swoops round the outside of Vettel and clips Vettel’s front wing enplate.  Hamilton lead through turn 1, 2 and 3 ahead of Verstappen, Bottas, Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Whilst Hamilton leads, carnage happens behind. Going into turn 3, Carlos Sainz makes contact with Romain Grosjean and Sainz spins, heading backwards into turn 3. The rear of Sainz’s car hits Felipe Massa. Sainz is in the wall and out with Massa sustaining quite a lot of damage. At the end of the lap, Grosjean pits for a new front wing. The Safety Car is out. Lap 3, The Safety car is called in.

Lap 5, Sebastian Vettel pits, changing his front wing and swapping onto a set of Supersoft tyres. He rejoins in 18th place. Lap 10, Lewis Hamilton still leads with a gap of 3.3 seconds to Max Verstappen in 2nd. Lap 11, Verstappen’s good start to the race is over as he pulls over to the side of the track just before turn 3. The Virtual Safety Car is called out for the marshals to rescue Verstappen’s car. Lap 12, Nico Hulkenberg pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre. Lap 14, Daniil Kvyat has been given a drive- through penalty for failing to regain position before the Safety Car line. Lap 17, Kimi Raikkonen pits going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 7th.

Lap 18, Daniel Ricciardo pits. He goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoining in 6th. Lap 19, Sergio Perez pits. He goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 6th just behind Ricciardo. Both Ferrari’s of Vettel and Raikkonen are making their way back through the field with Vettel overtaking Lance Stroll into turn 13 on lap 20 and Raikkonen overtaking Fernando Alonso in the same place on lap 21. Lap 24, Valterri Bottas pits. He rejoins in 2nd on the Soft tyre. Lap 26, Kevin Magnussen has been given a 5 second time penalty for overtaking under the VSC. Stroll pits and rejoins in 17th.

Lap 31, Lewis Hamilton pits. The Brit rejoins in 1st on the Supersoft tyre. Esteban Ocon also pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 6th. Hamilton now leads ahead of Valterri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Kimi Raikkonen. Lap 38, Lance Stroll overtakes Jolyon Palmer before turn 13 and up into 14th place. Lap 42, Raikkonen pits for the second time and goes onto the Ultrasoft tyre. He rejoins in 7th as Fernando Alonso pits on the next lap for the Supersoft tyre. He rejoins in 11th. Are points on the cards for McLaren and Alonso today?

Lap 46, Lance Stroll overtakes Fernando Alonso round the outside of turn 13 and is now up into 11th place. Lap 50, Sebastian Vettel pits. He goes onto the Ultrasoft tyre and rejoins in 7th with Kimi Raikkonen ahead in 6th. The job for Raikkonen and Vettel is to close down the battle for 3rd in the final laps. Lap 54, Daniil Kvyat pits, serving his time penalty and changing tyres. It’s a long stop as right rear is proving difficult and the team tell Kvyat to switch off the car. His day is over. His retirement promotes Stroll into the top 10.

Lap 61, Kimi Raikkonen goes straight on at turn 13 rejoining after the designated bollard. Due to that, Sebastian Vettel overtakes him. Raikkonen is now struggling with his brakes dropping 12 seconds behind Vettel in only 2 laps. Lap 64, Vettel has caught up to the battle for 3rd which includes: Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. Lap 66, Vettel overtakes Ocon for 5th into turn 1. Lap 69, the misery continues as Fernando Alonso pulls over at turn 8 and records another retirement. He was running close to the top 10 and is out. Vettel overtakes Perez before turn 13 and up into 4th place. Lap 70, Lewis Hamilton eases to his 6th win in Canada ahead of Valterri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo.

Race Result

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

Race stats

  • Lewis Hamilton recorded a 4th Grand Slam. The Brit has now done the quadruple of pole, fastest lap, every lap led and victory in four races.
  • Hamilton’s pole/victory double came ten years after he scored his first career pole and win at the same circuit in 2007.
  • Valtteri Bottas meanwhile finished second to complete Mercedes’ first one-two of the season.
  • Lance Stroll came home in 9th to score his first F1 points. At 18 years 7 months and 13 days old, Stroll is also the second-youngest points scorer in F1 history.
  • Toro Rosso recorded their first double DNF of the season with Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat retiring.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 141pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 129pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 93pts
  4. Kimi Raikkonen 73pts
  5. Daniel Ricciardo 67pts
  6. Max Verstappen 45pts
  7. Sergio Perez 44pts
  8. Esteban Ocon 27pts
  9. Carlos Sainz 25pts
  10. Felipe Massa 20pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 222pts
  2. Ferrari 214pts
  3. Red Bull 112pts
  4. Force India 71pts
  5. Toro Rosso 29pts
  6. Williams 22pts
  7. Renault 18pts
  8. Haas 15pts
  9. Sauber 4pts
  10. McLaren 0pts

 

 

 

F1 News Round-up #4

Here is some F1 News from over the past 2 months including Renault’s 2027 concept car and the partnership between Honda and Sauber for 2018.

09/06/17

Renault unveil radical 2027 F1 concept car

Four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, a closed cockpit, active LED lighting and a huge power-to-weight ratio – this radical machine is Renault’s striking vision for the F1 car of the future. Unveiled at the Shanghai motor show, the R.S.2027 concept was designed to showcase how F1 cars could look in 10 years’ time.

Pascal Wehrlein wants Race of Champions return despite crash

Sauber F1 driver Pascal Wehrlein is certain he will return to the Race of Champions in the future despite sustaining injuries. The German was contesting in January when he flipped into the barriers after colliding with fellow F1 driver Felipe Massa in a head-to-head race. While the injuries has affected his F1 season, he is adamant he will be back to the event sooner or later.

Honda to power Sauber in 2018

Honda will supply Sauber with engines in the 2018 season after signing their first customer deal alongside their struggling McLaren partnership. McLaren welcomed the deal, saying it was “a chance to double the opportunity for research and development in 2018”.

Classic cars return for latest version of Formula 1 game

Classic cars will return to the official Formula 1 game for the first time since 2013 when F1 2017 is released in August. The game will feature 12 classic F1 cars, including the Williams FW14B and Ferrari F2002, while the McLaren MP4/4 from 1988 will be available in a ‘special edition’ version of the game or as a separate downloadable purchase.  Codemasters also confirmed a worldwide release is scheduled for August 25.

 

 

2 Years of Blogging

As by the title suggests, it has been now 2 years to this date when I published my first post.

06/06/17

2016 in Review

2016 was a really good year for myself personally because of a couple of things. I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and I gained Journalism experience whilst doing the Exite program at School. It was also a great year for the blog as it gained 69 more visitors and views neared 400. From the whole of 2016, I published 95 posts. In terms of where views came, Facebook gave me the highest with 81 while Twitter gave me 34.

Also in 2016, I went to the Ignition Festival of Motoring and Knockhill to see the British Touring Cars in action. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these events and I am going back to both this year.

Most popular posts

  1. 2015 in Review 13 views
  2. Blog Information 12 views
  3. Nico Rosberg’s 2016 Chances 9 views

Where views came from

  1. United Kingdom 321 views
  2. United States 28 views
  3. Norway 11 views

2017 – Expansion, Growth and Continuation

January – May so far 2017 stats

  • Views: 163
  • Visitors: 80
  • Posts: 31
  • Views from Countries include: United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, Russia, Portugal and Norway.

This year, I am concentrating on expanding and growing the blog. For Phase 1, I have introduced a Blog card which I designed myself. I will be starting a new series called “Hot Topics” in where I will do a feature length article about a current topic which is happening in F1 or in general motorsport which I find interesting. The first article will debut right after the Canadian GP.

Business Card #1

I will also be voicing my opinion/views a lot more often and I will be also be continuing the monthly segments of “F1 News”. I would also like to bring more content other than Formula One such as Formula E and the British Touring Car Championship. I like watching F2 (was known as GP2) as the racing is very good and you get to see the future f1 drivers and potentially champions battling it out.

For the 3rd Season of Formula E, I have been doing race reports on the blog and these have gone down very well. I have enjoyed writing these and I would like to keep this up.

The GP Previews will now appear ahead of a more classic/older race, rather than doing one every race weekend. Examples include: British, Italian and Belgium GPs.

Over the past few months, I have been constantly updating the “look” of the blog. On the right hand-side there is now a follow button, list of recent posts, a countdown to a F1/motorsport event, my recent tweets on Twitter, a collection of photos and a list of archives. I am really happy with the look of it now.

From April this year, I am now contributing to Essaar. I am now part of their F1 team. I am grateful for the opportunity and I have already done my first article for them. When the article goes onto the website, it will appear up on the blog.

In terms of Motorsport events, I am so exciting to be returning to the Ignition Festival of Motoring and the BTCC at Knockhill. Both of these will have posts on them with a lot of pictures. There is a local motorsport event called Argyll Rally happening at the end of this month which I will be going to.

I have also found out that the people who follow the blog by email and see the posts by myself, don’t translate into views and visitors. This means that, the stats aren’t quite right as there is people who read my posts from their email box. I encourage people who follow the blog by email to click on the link and go straight to the blog to read the post there. This doesn’t impact anything else and I would be grateful if people did this.

The feedback and support over the past 2 years have been incredible and a huge thanks to everyone who has visited and commented on the blog. Hopefully, 2017 will be the same and potentially even better! Thank You

 

Vettel heads Ferrari 1-2 in Monaco

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins the Monaco GP ahead of pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo as Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton climbs to 7th place after starting 13th.

28/05/17

Pit-lane start for Button

Jenson Button will start the Monaco GP from the pit lane, after McLaren made changes to his car overnight. Button was due to take up the final slot on the grid – despite qualifying ninth – thanks to a 15-place drop imposed for the use of power-unit elements. He will start from the pit lane after the floor of his MCL32 was replaced with one of a different specification ahead of the race.

Tyre Choice

All the drivers will start on the Ultrasoft tyre with only the two Sauber driver’s of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson will start on the Supersoft tyre.

Race

The lights go out and everyone gets through turn 1 and 2 safely. Kimi Raikkonen leads ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton has made some progress by overtaking Stoffel Vandoorne off the line. Pascal Wehrlein and Jenson Button pit at the end of lap 1 with Wehrlein swapping to the Ultrasoft tyre and Button to the Supersoft tyre. Kevin Magnussen has gained two places from where he started in 11th. Lap 3, Raikkonen sets the fastest lap of a 1:17:072. Lap 6, the stewards are investigating an unsafe release by the Sauber team for Wehrlein into the path of Button. Lap 12, Raikkonen has a slim gap to teammate Vettel of 2.1 seconds with Bottas falling behind in 3rd with a 4.5 second gap to Vettel. Wehrlein has been given a 5 second time penalty for an unsafe release.

Lap 16, there is smoke coming from the back of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault. It looks like a gearbox problem and he stops at turn 8 and retires. Lap 17, Sergio Perez pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and also changing the front wing, where he had sustained damage earlier on in the race. He rejoins back in 16th place and behind Lance Stroll. Lap 26, the gap between the leaders has decreased as they are lapping Jenson Button and Pascal Wehrlein. Kimi Raikkonen leads by 1 second ahead of Sebastian Vettel with a 2.9 second gap to Valterri Bottas in 3rd.

Lap 33, Max Verstappen pits, goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 6th. “Push hard now” is the message given to Valterri Bottas. Lap 34, Bottas pits, switching onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 5th ahead of Verstappen. Lap 35, Kimi Raikkonen pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 3rd. Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have stayed out and are putting in very fast laps. Ricciardo sets a 1:16:117 on lap 35 and a 1:16:093 on lap 36 with Vettel a 1:15:587 on lap 38. Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen pit and both go onto the Supersoft tyre.

Lap 39, Daniel Ricciardo pit and rejoins in 3rd on the Supersoft tyre, behind Kimi Raikkonen but ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Lap 40, Sebastian Vettel pits, goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in. 1st, he’s jumped Raikkonen and taken the lead. Lap 44, Stoffel Vandoorne pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 10th. Lap 47, Lewis Hamilton pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoin in 7th behind Carlos Sainz.

Lap 50, Sebastian Vettel has extended the gap back to Kimi Raikkonen of 9.8 seconds who is 6.5 seconds ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. By lap 57, the gap has grown by 12.5 seconds and Ricciardo has gotten the gap down to 1.6 seconds. Lap 60, the Safety Car has been deployed. It’s a car on it’s side at turn 8. It’s Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein. Jenson Button looks to be involved as he is pulled off at turn 10. Lap 61, Max Verstappen pits and rejoins back in 5th with no places lost or gained. Wehrlein climbs out and is okay. A replay shows Button trying to overtake Wehrlein at turn 8. Button goes to the inside of the corner trying to overtake but Wehrlein doesn’t see him and he gets flipped onto his left side.

Lap 65, still behind the Safety Car, the stewards allow the lapped cars to overtake. Marcus Ericsson has hit the barrier at turn 1. The marshals use the crane to remove Ericsson’s car off the track. Lap 67, the Safety Car is in and now Stoffel Vandoorne is in the wall at turn 1 again. McLaren’s hope of any points are gone. Lap 72, Sergio Perez tires to overtake Daniil Kvyat at turn 18 but ends up damaging both car. Kvyat retires and a lap later, Lance Stroll retires.  Lap 78, Sebastian Vettel wins ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Race Result

1.Vettel  2.Raikkonen  3.Ricciardo  4.Bottas  5.Verstappen  6.Sainz  7.Hamilton  8.Grosjean  9.Massa  10.Magnussen  11.Palmer  12.Ocon  13.Perez  DNF Kvyat, Stroll, Vandoorne, Ericsson, Button, Wehrlein and Hulkenberg

Race stats

  • It had been 16 years since Ferrari last tasted victory in Monaco, but all that changed as Sebastian Vettel raced to his second career victory in the Principality and 45th win overall.
  • Vettel and Raikkonen had finished one-two four times previously, but this is the first time they’ve done it as Ferrari team mates.
  • With Hamilton missing the podium for the second time in three races, and Bottas also off the rostrum, Mercedes 21-race podium streak came to an end.
  • Force India’s 17-race run of points finishes also ended as Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished P12 and P13 respectively.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 129pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 104pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 75pts
  4. Kimi Raikkonen 67pts
  5. Daniel Ricciardo 52pts
  6. Max Verstappen 45pts
  7. Sergio Perez 34pts
  8. Carlos Sainz 25pts
  9. Felipe Massa 20pts
  10. Esteban Ocon 19pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Ferrari 196pts
  2. Mercedes 179pts
  3. Red Bull 97pts
  4. Force India 53pts
  5. Torro Rosso 29pts
  6. Williams 20pts
  7. Renault 14pts
  8. Haas 14pts
  9. Sauber 4pts
  10. McLaren 0pts