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 en-plate.  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