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

 

 

 

Raikkonen on Pole as Hamilton struggles

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen secures pole position for the first time since France 2008 with teammate Sebastian Vettel alongside him on the front row. Valterri Bottas lines up in 3rd with Lewis Hamilton struggling and getting knocked out in Q2.

27/05/17

Vandoorne handed three-place grid drop

Stewards in Spain have handed McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne a three-place grid penalty for the Monaco GP for colliding with Felipe Massa’s Williams during the race. Vandoorne was running 16th when he turned in on a fast-approaching Massa at Turn 1 on lap 34. Massa was able to continue, but Vandoorne ended up in the gravel with broken suspension.

Jenson Button handed 15-place grid penalty

On his one-off return to F1 to replace Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button has been given a 15 place grid penalty thanks to a new turbocharger and a MGU-H element. Button is driving Alonso’s MCL32 as the Spaniard competes in Indy 500.

Qualifying

Q1

Q1 starts with Kimi Raikkonen emerging from the pits as the first driver out on track. Many drivers want to get their laps in early as there is 11 drivers out on track. Raikkonen goes quickest on a 1:14:296 with Sebastian Vettel on a 1:14:361. Valterri Bottas comes round and produces a slow first lap on a 1:22:282 while Raikkonen goes even quicker on a 1:13:496. Vettel is able to beat him on his next lap with a 1:13:289 with Bottas on a 1:13:821. Lewis Hamilton is next with a 1:13:900 with Jenson Button on a 1:14:220. it looks like both Mercedes and Red Bull drivers are taking two warm up laps before they go for their lap. Raikkonen and Vettel improve again on a 1:13:117 and a 1:13:219.

With 3 minutes to go, Romain Grosjean, Lance Stroll, Jolyon Palmer, Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson are in the drop-zone. In the final minute, Ericsson stops and a replay shows that he hit the barrier at turn 10 damaging his left-rear tyre. Palmer cannot get through to Q2 but Grosjean can, pushing Esteban Ocon out. Q1 ends with Max Verstappen quickest ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Out: Ericsson – 20th, Wehrlein – 19th, Stroll – 18th, Palmer – 17th and Ocon – 16th

Q2

Q2 Starts with Valterri Bottas emerging from the pits as the first driver out on track. Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are once again quite close on a 1:12:780 and a 1:12:885. Lewis Hamilton has a scary moment going round turn 3. He manages to save the rear of the car and survives for another lap. Max Verstappen seems to have the edge over Daniel Ricciardo so far on a 1:12:896 and a 1:13:011. Hamilton’s next runs is only a 1:14:106. The lap is only good enough for 13th. Raikkonen once again improves on a 1:12:231.

With 3 minutes to go, Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, Kevin Magnussen, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa are currently in the drop-zone. Hamilton is on his final lap and he is on course to get through to the final qualifying session. The yellow flags are out as Hamilton exits the 2nd Sector and its Stoffel Vandoorne in the barrier at turn 16. Hamilton’s qualifying is over, he is out. Q2 ends with Kimi Raikkonen quickest ahead of Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel.

Out: Massa – 15th, Hamilton – 14th, Magnussen – 13th, Hulkenberg – 12th and Kvyat – 11th

Q3

Due to his crash at the end of Q2, Stoffel Vandoorne will not compete in the final session. Carlos Sainz is the first driver out on track. Kimi Raikkonen sets the benchmark time of a 1:12:296 with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo on a 1:13:136 and a 1:12:998. Vettel improves on his next lap to a 1:13:002.

With 3minutes and 30 seconds to go, the cars head out for their final laps. Valterri Bottas improves to a 1:12:559 but he continues for another lap. Raikkonen improves to a 1:12:178. That’s his final lap and now he has to wait and see what Vettel and Bottas can do. Vettel is quick through sector 1 with Bottas as well. Vettel has a poor middle sector and has lost a couple of tenths. Vettel comes across the line and goes 2nd on a 1:12:491. What can Bottas do? He goes 3rd. Kimi Raikkonen is on Pole Position for the Monaco GP! Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo end up 4tht and 5th.

Top 10: Vandoorne – 10th, Button – 9th, Grosjean 8th, Perez – 7th, Sainz – 6th, Ricciardo – 5th, Verstappen – 4th, Bottas – 3rd, Vettel – 2nd and Raikkonen – 1st

Qualifying Result

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

* Penalties applied

Ericsson* has been given a five-place penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

  • Kimi Raikkonen secures Pole Position and his first Pole since France 2008. It is also the first time that he has out-qualified teammate Sebastian Vettel this year. Raikkonen’s best qualifying result before this was 2nd.
  • Carlos Sainz’s best qualifying of the year in 6th, previous 8th.
  • Sergio Perez’s best qualifying of the year in 7th, previous 8th.
  • It was the first time that Lewis Hamilton failed to make it through to Q3 since the Italian GP 2013.

 

Hamilton beats Vettel in Spain thriller

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton beats Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in thrilling race as Pascal Wehrlein scores his and Sauber’s first points of the season.

14/05/17

Vandoorne given 10 place grid penalty

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for the Spanish GP as Honda was forced to change two engine components. After detecting a sensor issue on Sunday morning, the Japanese manufacturer changed the energy store and control electronics on Vandoorne’s car ahead of the race.

Tyre Choice

Jolyon Palmer, Daniil Kvyat and Stoffel Vandoorne will start on the Medium compound tyre with the rest of the grid starting on the Soft tyre.

Race

The lights go out and Sebastian get a better start than Lewis Hamilton and leads going down into turn 1. Valterri Bottas goes to the inside of turn 1 with Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen making three wide. Contact is made with Raikkonen breaking his left-front suspension. Exiting turn 2, Fernando Alonso goes across the gravel. He recovers but drops to 11th place. Going onto lap 2, Vettel has a 2 second gap to Hamilton who is ahead of Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. By lap 3, Verstappen officially retires with Raikkonen also out. Lap 7, Vettel’s gap has extended to 2.4 seconds with Hamilton telling his team that it’s “not easy to keep up with Vettel.” A replay from the start shows Felipe Massa hitting Alonso between turn 2 and 3 forcing Alonso wide and also resulting in a puncture for Massa.

Lap 8, Sebastian Vettel sets the new fastest lap of a 1:25:806. Lap 11, the stewards confirm that there will be no action taken between Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. Lap 13, Lewis Hamilton is told to push by his Mercedes team as Alonso pits. Lap 14, Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Sainz pit. Both go onto the Soft tyre like Alonso but both are near enough side-by-side as they head down the pi-lane. Magnussen edges ahead with Sainz taking to the grass. Lap 15, Vettel pits from the lead, he goes onto the Soft tyre and emerges back out in 4th. Lap 16, Vettel overtakes Daniel Ricciardo into turn 1 and is now up into 3rd place. Lap 21, Hamilton and Ricciardo pit with both switching to the Medium tyre.

Lap 25, Sebastian Vettel overtakes Valterri Bottas who is yet to pit into turn 1 and up into 1st place. Lewis Hamilton now breezes past Bottas and up into 2nd place. Lap 27, Bottas pits goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoining back in 3rd. Lap 33, Vettel now has 7.7 second gap to Hamilton. Lap 36, Felipe Massa is behind Stoffel Vandoorne and moves towards the inside for turn 1. Vandoorne moves closer to Massa and there’s contact. Vandoorne has broken his left-front suspension. He pulls over and stops at turn 2. The VSC is deployed and Hamilton pits going onto the Soft tyre. Lap 38, Vettel pits going onto the Medium tyre but where will he come out on track? Hamilton is coming down the start/finish straight and Vettel and himself go side-by-side into turn 1! Vettel edges out Hamilton and remains in the lead for now.

The VSC wiped out Sebastian Vettel’s lead allowing Lewis Hamilton to pit and close up. Lap 39, Daniel Ricciardo pits going onto the Medium tyre as Valterri Bottas pulls over and is out. Lap 40, Vettel leads ahead of Hamilton, Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. Lap 44, Hamilton has now closed up to Vettel and now has DRS to help him. Vettel covers off the inside to turn 1 but Hamilton goes round the out-side and takes the lead. Lap 47, Pascal Wehrlein has received a 5 second time penalty for failing to stay right of the pit entry bollard.

Lap 59, Lance Stroll has his team-mate Felipe Massa behind now after being overtaken by Marcus Ericsson on the previous lap. Lap 66, Kevin Magnussen has got a puncture after contact with Daniil Kvyat. This ends his good race as he was running well into the points. Lewis Hamilton comes round to win ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

Race Results

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

Wehrlein* took his 5 second time penalty at the end of the race for failing to stay right of the pit lane bollard.

Race stats

  • Lewis Hamilton now joins Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso as the only current drivers to have won twice in Spain, has now won two races this season, and 55 overall in his career.
  • Nico Hulkenberg extended his – and Renault’s – points streak to three races as he came home in a season’s best sixth place.
  • Pascal Wehrlein finished in the top ten for just the second time in his career as he scored his and Sauber’s first points of 2017.
  • Fernando Alonso reached the chequered flag for the first time this season as he came home in 12th, which also represents McLaren’s best finish of 2017.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 104pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 98pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 63pts
  4. Kimi Raikkonen 49pts
  5. Daniel Ricciardo 37pts
  6. Max Verstappen 35pts
  7. Sergio Perez 34pts
  8. Esteban Ocon 19pts
  9. Felipe Massa 18pts
  10. Carlos Sainz 17pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 161pts
  2. Ferrari 153pts
  3. Red Bull 72pts
  4. Force India 53pts
  5. Torro Rosso 21pts
  6. Williams 18pts
  7. Renault 14pts
  8. Haas 9pts
  9. Sauber 4pts
  10. McLaren 0pts

 

 

 

Hamilton on Pole as Alonso takes P7

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and teammate Valterri Bottas as McLaren’s Fernando Alonso makes it into Q3 for the first time this season.

13/05/17

Qualifying

Q1

Q1 starts with Stoffel Vandoorne emerging as the first driver on the track. His first lap is a 1:23:219. Sebastian Vettel is also out on track. He’s slowing. It’s bad news for the championship leader. Ferrari tell him to stop but Vettel keeps going. He is next told to box but he keeps on going. Romain Grosjean spins at turn 13 with the rear of the car stepping out which sent him into the spin. He switches a couple of dials on his steering wheel and goes quickest on a 1:20:939. Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are next on a 1:20:991 and a 1:20:511. Both Red Bulls are off the pace of Ferrari and Mercedes but Max Verstappen wins the intra team battle with Daniel Ricciardo to 4th. Kimi Raikkonen takes 4th on a 1:21:120.

With 1 minute to go, Marcus Ericsson, Stoffel Vandoorne, Lance Stroll, Jolyon Palmer and Daniil Kvyat are in the drop-zone. The chequered flag falls with Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg are safe. The same cannot be said for Vandoorne or Stroll. Carlos Sainz gets through but Kvyat and Palmer are out. Lewis Hamilton ends the session quickest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Out: Kvyat – 20th, Vandoorne – 19th, Stroll – 18th, Palmer – 17th and Ericsson – 16th

Q2

Q2 starts with Valterri Bottas emerging as the first driver out on track. He locks-up into turn 1 on his flying lap and back off. Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen set their lap times of a 1:20:210 and a 1:20:621. Bottas makes it round for another lap and goes 2nd on a 1:20:300. Both Red Bulls are next with Daniel Ricciardo on a 1:20:855 and Max Verstappen on a 1:20:722. Sebastian Vettel goes 2nd on a 1:20:295.

With 2 minutes to go, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Pascal Wehrlein are in the drop-zone. The flag falls with Fernando putting in a great lap to make it into the top 10. Will he be able to make it through to Q3. Nico Hulkenberg, Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa put in good laps. Wehrlein improves but fails to get into the top 10. Kevin Magnussen goes 10th but Perez pushes him out. Lewis Hamilton ends the session quickest ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Valterri Bottas.

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

Q3

Q3 starts with Valterri Bottas emerging as the first driver out on track once again. His first lap is a 1:19:390 with Lewis Hamilton on a 1:19:149. Sebastian Vettel’s first lap is quite off the pace on a 1:19:661 with Kimi Raikkonen beating Vettel on a 1:19:439.

With 3 minutes and 20 seconds to go, Fernando Alonso pulls out of the pits and goes onto his flying lap. Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton start their laps with both equally matched in Sector 1. Sebastian Vettel is purple in Sector 1 with Bottas and Hamilton still matched as they exit Sector 2. Bottas comes across the line and can’t get pole with a 1:19:373. Hamilton is next and he doesn’t improve on a 1:19:174. Vettel goes 2nd on a 1:19:200, splitting the Mercedes cars. Kimi Raikkonen goes 4th with the star of the day, Fernando Alonso going 7th.

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

Qualifying Result

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

  • Kevin Magnussen’s best qualifying of the year in 11th, previous 12th.
  • Nico Hulkenberg’s worst qualifying of the year in 13th.
  • Fernando Alonso’s best qualifying of the year in 7th, previous 13th.