Spanish GP Preview

The Formula One 2017 Season rolls into Spain for the start of the European league of the season. Mercedes Valterri Bottas was victorious last time out in Russia. Will he be able to repeat that here on Sunday?

12/05/17

Track facts

  • Lap record: 1:21:670, Kimi Raikkonen, 2008
  • Laps: 66
  • Circuit length: 4.655km
  • Race distance: 307.104
  • Corners: 16

History of the Spanish GP

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya played host to the Spanish grand prix for the first time in 1991. Spain has hosted some memorable races in the past like: In 1996, the last wet race in Spain was Michael Schumacher’s brilliant first Ferrari victory. The race in 2012 was also historic as Williams Pastor Maldonado won ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Lotuses Kimi Raikkonen. Last year’s race has to go down as one of the all-time classics as the Mercedes drivers of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed spectacularly handing the race win to Red Bulls Max Verstappen on his debut for the Red Bull team. Verstappen became the youngest ever GP winner.

Stats

  • The Spanish crowd have had two drivers to cheer on since 2015 with 2 time champion Fernando Alonso and Torro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr.
  • In the last 10 years, 10 different drivers have won the Spanish GP. Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen have tasted the winner’s champagne dating back to 2007.
  • Michael Schumacher has the most wins round with 6. Out of the current grid, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have won round here twice with Raikkonen in 2005 and 2008 and Alonso in 2006 and 2013.
  • Ferrari are the most successful constructor round here with 12 wins. McLaren have 8 with Red Bull taking last year’s win are now on 3 wins. Mercedes have 2 wins back in 2014 and 2015.

Grosjean replaces Button as director of the GPDA

Haas’s Romain Grosjean has replaced Jenson Button as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association. He joins Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and chairman Alexander Wurz in the leading roles after Button stepped down following his decision not to race in 2017.

Mercedes first team to reveal new larger numbers and names

Mercedes has become the first Formula 1 team to reveal the new mandatory large numbers and driver names on its car ahead of the Spanish GP. The rule comes into effect from this weekend’s race at Barcelona. Mercedes unveiled its solution on social media on Wednesday morning. Other teams such as Red Bull, Torro Rosso and Force India have unveiled their designs.

My Predictions – Qualifying

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari

Race

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull

Bottas beats Vettel in tense race climax

Mercedes Valterri Bottas beats Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to score his maiden F1 win. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the podium places in 3rd with Lewis Hamilton a distant 4th place.

30/04/17

Alonso fails to start

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso will not start the race after an ERS problem made him come to a halt at the pit-lane entry on the formation lap. Alonso, complained on the starting grid before the formation lap that something wasn’t right. This meant that the drivers had to take and extra formation lap for the marshals to remove the McLaren car.

Tyre Choice

Everyone will start on the Ultrasoft tyre except from Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson and Jolyon Palmer who will start on the Supersoft tyre.

Race

The lights go out and its a good start by Sebastian Vettel, the same can’t be said for his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who has lost a place to Valterri Bottas. Bottas gets into Vettel’s slipstream and overtakes Vettel before turn 2. Vettel follows behind with Raikkonen keeping 3rd ahead of Lewis Hamilton. There’s contact at the back. Its Jolyon Palmer and Romain Grosjean. Grosjean went to the inside of turn 2 with Palmer caught up in the middle with a Sauber car to his right. Grosjean tapped Palmer’s car with Palmer losing control of the car and hitting Grosjean. Grosjean gets airtime before crashing into the barrier. Both are out and the Safety car is deployed.

At the end of lap 1, Marcus Ericsson and Stoffel Vandoorne pit swapping to the Ultrasoft tyre. Behind Lewis Hamilton comes Felipe Massa, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg. The Safety Car comes in at the end of lap 3 with Valterri Bottas making a great restart. Lap 5, Ricciardo has slowed on the main straight. There is smoke coming from right-rear brake. He crawls back to the pits and into retirement. The incident at the start of the race between Palmer and Grosjean will be investigated after the race. Kevin Magnussen and Vandoorne are given 5 second time penalties for running wide at turn 1 and not rejoining the track at the right point.

Lap 13, Valterri Bottas has a 3.9 second gap to Sebastian Vettel in 2nd. Vettel has a 3.8 second gap to Kimi Raikkonen who has a 2.1 second gap to Lewis Hamilton in 4th. Lap 17, Bottas sets the fastest lap of the race with a 1:38:404. Hamilton is struggling so far this race with his tyre temperatures with a radio call to his team saying that the “temperatures are going back up.” Lap 22, Felipe Massa, Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat pit swapping to the Supersoft tyre. Magnussen takes his penalty and has ended up behind Kvyat. Lap 26, Bottas is now navigating his way through traffic with the gap to Vettel is now 2.6 seconds.

Lap 27, Valterri Bottas pits from the lead. He goes onto the Supersoft tyre and emerges out in 4th place. Lap 28, Sergio Perez pits and goes onto the Supersoft tyre as Ferrari tell Vettel to “push now.”  Lap 30, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen pit with both going onto the Supersoft tyre. Sebastian Vettel still leads ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Bottas, Raikkonen and Verstappen. Lap 31, Hamilton pits from 2nd and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. He emerges back out in 4th. Lap 34, Vettel finally pits from the lead. He goes onto the Supersoft tyre and emerges back out in 2nd. Lap 38, Bottas locks-up going into turn 13, he runs wide and the gap to Vettel is now only 2.2 seconds.

Lap 41, Nico Hulkenberg pits from 6th place. He is the last driver to make his pit-stop. He goes onto the Supersoft tyre and emerges back out in 9th place. Lap 42, Felipe Massa makes a emergency pit-stop after Williams detected a slow puncture. He back out in 9th place boosting Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon for Force India up into 6th and 7th. Lap 46, Bottas now leads by only 1.6 seconds to Vettel in 2nd. Lap 48, Hulkenberg is now catching Ocon with Massa behind catching both. Lap 49, Bottas leads by 1.2 seconds as Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race. Tense times for Bottas and Mercedes.

Lap 52, Valterri Bottas has comes up to lap Felipe Massa. He overtakes Massa before turn 2. Sebastian Vettel has to overtakes Massa soon if he wants any chance of winning his race. Vettel has to stay behind Massa throughout the long swooping turn 4. Vettel dives up the inside of Massa into turn 5 with Vettel making a “rude” gesture as he goes past. Bottas comes the final corner to win his FIRST EVER GP WIN IN F1. He becomes the 5th Finnish driver to win a race and he also becomes the 107th Formula One driver to win a race. Vettel finished a close second with Kimi Raikkonen in 3rd.

Race Results

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

Race stats

  • Valtteri Bottas took his maiden F1 win in Russia. The Finn is the 107th different winner in world championship history. Bottas follows in the footsteps of Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen.
  • Kimi Raikkonen meanwhile picked up his 85th career podium finish, ending a 15-race podium drought dating back to last year’s race in Austria. Raikkonen also picked up the fastest lap of the race for the 45th time in his career.
  • Lance Stroll reached the chequered flag for the first time in his career.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 86pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 73pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 63pts
  4. Kimi Raikkonen 49pts
  5. Max Verstappen 35pts
  6. Daniel Ricciardo 22pts
  7. Sergio Perez 22pts
  8. Felipe Massa 18pts
  9. Carlos Sainz 11pts
  10. Esteban Ocon 9ptrs

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 136pts
  2. Ferrari 135pts
  3. Red Bull 57pts
  4. Force India 31pts
  5. Williams 18pts
  6. Torro Rosso 13pts
  7. Haas 8pts
  8. Renault 6pts
  9. Sauber 0pts
  10. McLaren 0pts

 

Vettel heads Ferrari 1-2 in Russia

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualifies on pole position ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to make it a all Ferrari front row since 2008 with Mercedes Valterri Bottas lining up 3rd ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.

29/04/17

Vandoorne given 15-place grid penalty

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne will be given a 15-place grid penalty. Honda is fitting a new engine to the Belgian’s car after a failure in first practice at Sochi on Friday. The Belgian is now on his fifth turbocharger and fifth heat motor generator unit (MGU-H) in three races. The rules allow each driver four power units, to last the full 20 round season.

Qualifying

Q1

Daniil Kvyat is the first car out on track, setting the first lap time of a 1:37:052. His teammate Carlos Sainz, goes quickest on a 1:36:575. Everyone is on the Ultrasoft tyre with the Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on the Supersoft tyre. Valterri Bottas goes quickest overall with a 1:34:177. Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are next on a 1:35:102 and a 1:34:409. With 5 minutes to go, Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne, Pascal Wehrlein, Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson are in the drop-zone.

The flag falls and Alonso makes it through. The camera cuts to a car in the wall. Its Jolyon Palmer for Renault. He was pushing too hard to make it through and hit the inside kerb for turn 4 which unsettled the car. At the same time, Pascal Wehrlein spins as well. This ruins the laps for Grosjean and others. Valterri Bottas ends the session quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Out: Grosjean – 20th, Ericsson – 19th, Wehrlein – 18th, Vandoorne – 17th and Palmer – 16th.

Q2

Lance Stroll is the first car out on track with his teammate, Felipe Massa setting the first time of a 1:35:677. This time, Kimi Raikkonen is the only car on the Ultrasoft tyre with everyone else on the Supersoft. Raikkonen goes quickest on a 1:34:053 but is then beaten by Valterri Bottas on a 1:33:264. Lewis Hamilton is next on a 1:33:760. With 5 minutes to go, Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz, Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez are in the drop-zone.

Perez goes 9th quickest after his first lap of the second session. The flag falls and Alonso doesn’t make it through but Esteban Ocon make it through. Sainz and Stroll fail to make it through. Valterri Bottas ends the session quickest again ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton.

Out: Alonso – 15th, Magnussen – 14th, Kvyat – 13th, Stroll – 12th and Sainz – 11th.

Q3

Valterri Bottas is the first car out on track but its Nico Hulkenberg who sets the first lap time of a 1:35:412. Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are next with Raikkonen getting the better of Vettel on a 1:33:253 and a 1:33:426. Bottas and Hamilton follow with a 1:33:289 and a 1:34:565.

Raikkonen starts his final lap and it a personal best in Sector 1. Hamilton is also quick in Sector 1. Raikkonen sets another personal best in Sector 2 while behind, Hamilton is also going very quickly. Raikkonen runs wide at the final corner but is still on pole. Vettel goes quickest on a 1:33:194 to grab pole. What can Bottas or Hamilton do? Bottas goes 3rd with Hamilton 4th. It’s a Ferrari front-row for the first time since 2008. It is also Ferrari’s first pole position since Singapore 2015.

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

Qualifying Result

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

Sainz* was given a 3 place-grid penalty after a collision with Lance Stroll in Bahrain.

Vandoorne* was given a 15 place-grid penalty after a new engine fitted ahead of this weekend.

 

 

Russian GP Preview

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has the momentum heading into this weekend’s race in Russia but Championship rival, Lewis Hamilton has the better track record here. What will be the final result comes Sunday?

29/04/17

Track facts

  • Lap record: 1:40:071, Sebastian Vettel, 2015
  • Laps: 53
  • Circuit length: 5.848km
  • Race distance: 309.245km
  • Corners: 18
  • Tyre Compounds: Ultrasoft, Supersoft and Soft

History of the Russian GP

Russia first held it’s first grand prix in 2014 in the same year the country hosted the Winter Olympics. The Hermann Tilke track is integrated into the Olympic Park infrastructure.

Stats

  • Vitaly Petrov became Russia’s first Formula One World Championship driver in 2010 and since then Torro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, has been in the sport since 2014. Kvyat has yet to finish higher than fifth at his home GP
  • The Sochi Autodrom is the 4th longest circuit in F1 behind Spa-Francorchamps, Baku and Silverstone.
  • Lewis Hamilton has 2 victories round here winning back in 2014 and 2015. 2016 World Champion, Nico Rosberg is the only other driver to win this race.
  • Due to Hamilton and Rosberg driving for Mercedes, they are the only team to win with 3 victories since 2014. Due to this as well, Mercedes have led 100% of all laps during the race since 2014.

Hamilton fastest as McLaren suffer problems in Bahrain

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time on Tuesday as the teams commenced a two-day, post-race test at Bahrain. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was assisting the tyre supplier with 2018 development work. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third, despite Renault power unit issues halting his programme early.

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:31:358 – 97 laps
  2. Antonio Giovinazzi – Ferrari – 1:31:948 – 93 laps
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:32:349 – 45 laps
  4. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:32:452 – 87 laps
  5. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:32:509 – 56 laps

Bottas fastest on final day in Bahrain

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas finished at top of the time-sheets as testing concluded in Bahrain on Wednesday. Bottas completed 143 laps for Mercedes, clocking a best time of 1m 31.280s. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s session which included mechanical issues in the morning, had further issues in the afternoon which limited his running.

  1. Valterri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:31:280 – 143 laps
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:31:574 – 64 laps
  3. Carlos Sainz – Torro Rosso – 1:31:884 – 68 laps
  4. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:32:108 – 81 laps
  5. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:32:120 – 88 laps

Red Bull promises major chassis ‘revamp’ for Spanish GP

The Red Bull F1 team is planning a massive chassis update for the Spanish GP. Max Verstappen’s third place in China is its only podium from the opening three grands prix. The Bahrain GP was the most competitive of Red Bull’s season so far, with both Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo running with the leaders early on.

Sainz given 3 place grid penalty after Stroll collision

After the Bahrain GP, Torro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz was given a 3 place grid penalty by the stewards for the collision with Williams’s Lance Stroll during the race. The incident occurred on lap 13 where Sainz was exiting the pit lane and dive-bombed Stroll into turn 1. Both made contact and both retired due to the accident and it was Sainz that the Stewards decided that he was at fault.

My Predictions – Qualifying

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  2. Valterri Bottas – Mercedes
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari

Race

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari

 

 

 

 

 

F1 Car Collection

The Formula One Car Collection by Panini promises detailed 1:43 scale die-cast metal models of famous cars along with a companion magazine detailing technical specs and information about the driver and their season. I have been collecting issues over the past couple of months.

22/04/17

Background

Comprising of 60 issues, each issue will come with a 1:43 scale model in die-cast metal sharing all the details from the original single-seater cars. Subscribing to the set comes with a number of gifts including ‘The World’s Greatest F1 Cars DVD’, the Senna movie and 3 extra cars including: Ferrari F2001 “Twin Towers” driven by Michael Schumacher in 2001; Tyrrell P34 driven by Jody Scheckter in 1976 and the Brabham BT46 driven by Niki Lauda in 1978.

My Collection

I saw the collection advertise on the TV first and I was staggered by the price per issue. The first issue was on offer at £2.99 which I though was pretty good. From then on the price per issue would be £9.99, a bit far fetched if you ask me. Although, overall the course, I have found that £10 pounds is reasonable. Despite that I have bought 8 so far. They include:

  • Issue 9: Renault R25 Fernando Alonso (2005)
  • Issue 10: Red Bull RB9 Sebastian Vettel (2013)
  • Issue 12: McLaren MP4/23 Lewis Hamilton (2008)
  • Issue 17: Ferrari F2007 Kimi Raikkonen (2007)
  • Issue 21: Mercedes W196 Juan Manuel Fangio (1955)
  • Issue 24: McLaren MP 4/8 Ayrton Senna (1993)
  • Issue 29: McLaren MP4/15 Mika Hakkinen (1999)
  • Issue 30: Brabham BT52B Nelson Piquet (1983)
Car Collection - Alonso #2

Issue 9 featured Fernando Alonso’s 2005 Renault R25. After 5 years of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari’s dominance, Alonso took 7 wins en route to his first world championship with Renault becoming world champions. Sealing the world championship at the Brazilian GP, Alonso became, at that time, the youngest driver to win the title at only 24 years, 2 months and 17 days old.

Car Collection - Vettel

Issue 10 featured Sebastian Vettel’s 2013 Red Bull RB9. Vettel took 13 out of a possible 19 race victories en route to his 4th consecutive world championship. Vettel would win the final race of the 2.4 litre V8 engines era before the regulation change in 2014 to 1.6 litre V6 Turbo engines.

Car Collection - Senna

Issue 24 featured Ayrton Senna’s 1993 McLaren MP4/8. Senna took 5 out of a possible 16 victories to 2nd place in the world championship. Senna won the European GP in spectacular fashion in the rain producing one of the best opening laps in F1. His final victory of the season and his career would be at the Australian GP before his death in 1994 at the San Marino GP.

Vettel beats Hamilton in Bahrain thriller

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel beats the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas to win for the second time in three races as Nico Hulkenberg scores his and Renault’s first points of the season.

16/04/17

Vandoorne fails to start

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne will not start the Bahrain GP due to power unit issues. Vandoorne, who had been due to start 17th but due to reportedly having the same MGU-H issues that affected him earlier in the weekend.

Tyre choice

Every driver will start on either old or new Supersoft tyres except from Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson who will start on the Soft compound tyre.

Race

The lights go out and away Valterri Bottas goes, leading as Lewis Hamilton has some wheelspin off the start and gets jumped by Sebastian Vettel round the outside into turn 1. Kimi Raikkonen loses places to Max Verstappen and Felipe Massa of the start and the first lap. The biggest gainers off the start are Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez as both have made up 5 places into 11th and 13th. Lap 7, Raikkonen is still behind Massa in 6th and 7th places. Raikkonen finally overtakes the Brazilian into turn 1 on lap 8 and now up into 6th place.

Lap 9, Kevin Magnussen pulls over at turn 8 near a marshal post. His race is over. Lap 10, Sebastian Vettel pits from 2nd place and switches over onto the Supersoft tyre. He drops to 12th but in clear air. A brave move by Ferrari to pit Vettel. Lap 12, Max Verstappen pits. He was right up behind Lewis Hamilton and being held up. He goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 11th. The yellow flags are out and it’s Verstappen! He is in the gravel trap at turn 4. The replay shows brake failure could be the suspect. Lap 13, Kimi Raikkonen pits and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. Lap 13, Lance Stroll has stopped at the exit of turn 1. There is debris scattered across the track as Stroll says on team radio “I was hit from the side.”

The replay shows Carlos Sainz Jr coming out of the pits and trying to make an audacious move on the inside of Stroll. Stroll was on the outside and turned in for turn 1 with Sainz hitting the right side of the Williams car. Sainz has pulled over and both their races are over, the Safety Car has been deployed. Valterri Bottas now leading the race pits on lap 14 along with Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo. Bottas pits and switches onto the Supersoft tyre along with Hamilton and Ricciardo going onto the Soft tyre. In all of this, Sebastian Vettel now leads the race.

So Sebastian Vettel leads ahead of Valterri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa. A replay shows Hamilton and Ricciardo coming into the pits. Hamilton looks to be going slower than normal under the SC. A valid reason for this could be as Mercedes had to pit Bottas and Hamilton, a gap would have to be built to allow Bottas to make his pit-stop  and Hamilton to follow without delay. Lap 17, the Safety Car comes in with Hamilton overtaking Ricciardo before turn 1. Massa follows, overtaking Ricciardo with Raikkonen doing the same into turn 12. Ricciardo is struggling to get heat into his Soft tyres.

The Stewards have given Lewis Hamilton a 5 second time penalty for driving unnecessarily slow in the pit entry. He can take that at his pit-stop or at the end of the race. The incident between Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz will be investigated after the race. Sebastian Vettel and Valterri Bottas need to pit again as the Supersoft tyres will not go to the end. Lap 24, Kimi Raikkonen overtakes Felipe Massa again into turn 1 and up into 4th place. Lap 27, Hamilton is right behind Bottas who is now nearly 5 seconds behind Vettel. Bottas lets Hamilton past before turn 1 as he obeys the Mercedes orders. So the gap from Vettel to Hamilton is 6 seconds with Bottas 1.2 seconds behind his team-mate. Lap 29, Ricciardo overtakes Massa into turn 1 and up into 5th place. Lap 31, Bottas pits onto the Soft tyre. He rejoins in 7th after pitting from 3rd.

Lap 32, Romain Grosjean pits. In a bid to undercut Nico Hulkenberg, Grosjean has pitted early onto the Soft tyre. Lap 32, Valterri Bottas overtakes Sergio Perez into turn 14 and up into 6th place. Lap 33, Sebastian Vettel pits, the gap between Hamilton and Vettel was reducing. Vettel goes onto a set of Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 3rd. Lap 34, Bottas overtakes Felipe Massa for 5th place into turn 1. Lap 36, Vettel overtakes Kimi Raikkonen before turn 1 and is now up into 2nd place. Lap 37, Bottas now overtakes Ricciardo and is now up into 4th place. Sergio Perez pits along with Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso with Perez and Alonso switching to the Soft tyre with Hulkenberg onto the Supersoft tyre.

Lap 38, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa pit with both drivers switching to the Soft compound tyre. Lap 40, Daniel Ricciardo pits switching to the Supersoft tyre. Lap 42, Lewis Hamilton pits from the lead and takes his 5 second time penalty. He drops to 3rd place but on the Soft tyre. Sebastian Vettel leads ahead of Valterri Bottas by 10 seconds with Hamilton 4 and a half seconds behind Bottas. Lap 47, Bottas moves aside and lets Hamilton passed into 2nd place. Lap 50, Vettel is now lapping Jolyon Palmer and Marcus Ericsson with Hamilton rapidly closing in behind. Lap 52, Ericsson has a problem as he slows and comes to halt before turn 4. Lap 54, Vettel leads with a 6.7 second gap to Hamilton. Fernando Alonso’s race is over as he reports a issue with his engine. Vettel wins after 57 laps ahead of Hamilton and Bottas.

Race Results

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

Race stats

  • Sebastian Vettel’s victory was his third in Bahrain, and the 44th win of his career.
  • Valterri Bottas finished 3rd after securing his first ever pole position. He becomes the 5th Finnish driver to do so. He also scored his 11th podium finish.
  • Sergio Perez recovered from a unfortunate qualifying session which left him 18th. He finished 7th and with teammate Esteban Ocon in 10th, it was a double points finish for Force India.
  • Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg scored their first points of the year in 8th and 9th.
  • Lance Stroll has now failed to finish any of the 3 races this year. Out of all the racing laps, Stroll has only completed 52 laps.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 68pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 61pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 38pts
  4. Kimi Raikkonen 34pts
  5. Max Verstappen 25pts
  6. Daniel Ricciardo 22pts
  7. Felipe Massa 16pts
  8. Sergio Perez 14pts
  9. Carlos Sainz Jr 10pts
  10. Romain Grosjean 4pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Ferrari 102pts
  2. Mercedes 99pts
  3. Red Bull 47pts
  4. Force India 17pts
  5. Williams 16pts
  6. Torro Rosso 12pts
  7. Haas 8pts
  8. Renault 2pts
  9. Sauber 0pts
  10. McLaren 0pts

 

 

 

Bottas takes maiden pole position in Bahrain

Mercedes Valterri Bottas takes his first ever pole position ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel as both Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer make it into Q3 for the first time for Renault.

15/04/17

Qualifying

Q1

Pascal Wehrlein is the first driver out on the track and is the first to complete a lap time of a 1:33:502. Valterri Bottas is next for Mercedes and completes a lap of a 1:31:041 on the Soft tyre. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are next with Verstappen getting the better of Ricciardo. Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:30:814 on the Soft tyre with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel also setting their lap times on the Soft tyre. With 4 minutes to go, Lance Stroll, Kevin Magnussen, Marcus Ericsson, Esteban Ocon and Romain Grosjean are in the drop-zone.

Kimi Raikkonen heads back out on the track with a set of the Supersoft tyres. He improves to a 1:30:988. The chequered flag falls with Jolyon Palmer, Fernando Alonso, Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Ocon are all safe as Stoffel Vandoorne fails to beat the target time. Pascal Wehrlein make it through as Carlos Sainz stops on track. He stops and Sergio Perez doesn’t make it through. Huge shock for Perez and huge disappointment for Sainz. Lewis Hamilton ends the first session quickest ahead of Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.

Out: Sainz – 16th, Vandoorne – 17th, Perez – 18th, Ericsson – 19th and Magnussen – 20th.

Q2

Valterri Bottas is the first driver out on the track and is the first to complete a lap time of a 1:29:555. Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo follows with a 1:29:535 and a 1:30:497. Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen follow with a 1:30:307, 1:29:596 and a 1:29:843. Right now, Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer are sitting 9th and 10th. With 4 minutes to go, Fernando Alonso gets out of his McLaren car and is not going out again. His Qualifying is over with a power unit failure looking to be the cause.

Romain Grosjean, Jolyon Palmer make it through with Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein not making the target time. Nico Hulkenberg puts in a great lap and gets through to Q3. Lewis Hamilton ends the session quickest ahead of Valterri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.

Out: Kvyat – 11th, Stroll – 12th, Wehrlein – 13th, Ocon – 14th and Alonso – 15th (No time).

Q3

Daniel Ricciardo is the first driver out on the track and is the first to complete a lap time of a 1:30:007. Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton smash that time with a 1:28:844 and a 1:28:792. Sebastian Vettel ends up 3rd after his first lap on a 1:29:247. Hamilton leads from Bottas, Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Ricciardo and Felipe Massa. Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer are yet to set a timed lap.

Grosjean heads out onto the track with 6 minutes to go. He sets a 1:30:763 which puts him in 8th place. The drivers head out for their final runs with Bottas ahead of Hamilton. Bottas is quick in Sector 1 with Hamilton matching the Finn. Bottas is still going very quick in Sector 2. He crossed the line and goes on Provisional Pole Position with a 1:28:769. Hamilton has a poor Sector 2, dropping two tenths down on his best time. He comes across the line on a 1:29:012 and doesn’t beat Bottas. Bottas becomes the 98th driver to take pole position in Formula One. Ricciardo manages to split the Ferrari drivers in 4th while Hulkenberg finishes 7th after a brilliant lap.

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

Qualifying Result

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