Monday, April 16, 2018

Chinese GP: Race - RE-CAP & RESULTS


CHINESE GP - RACE - RE-CAP & RESULTS

    Daniel Ricciardo claimed his first win of the season in the Chinese Grand Prix after taking advantage of a late safety car.

    Tyre strategy was crucial in China and, when a collision between the Toro Rossos of Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley brought out the safety car Red Bull gambled with a late pit stop that put Ricciardo and team-mate Max Verstappen on fresh soft tyres.

    Verstappen and Ricciardo had been running third and fifth before the safety car but both were able to storm through the order after putting on fresh tyres.

    A number of clean, decisive overtakes put Ricciardo in the lead with about 10 laps remaining. From there, he quickly distanced himself from the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and finished nearly nine seconds ahead of the rest of the field. The victory comes a day after an engine failure almost left him unable to qualify.

    Verstappen was also performing bold overtakes to join Ricciardo at the front of the field, but the younger Red Bull driver was much less clean. Trying to find a way past Sebastian Vettel for third, Verstappen made contact with the Ferrari, sending both drivers into a spin and allowing Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton past. Both drivers were able to continue, but Vettel dropped down the order, eventually finishing seventh. Verstappen was handed a 10 second penalty, but managed to build up the gap to Nico Hulkenberg in sixth so it didn’t impact his decision.

    Vettel had held the race lead early, ahead of Bottas and Raikkonen, but the Mercedes managed to get ahead in the pit stops. Bottas held the position before the safety car but couldn’t put up any challenge to Ricciardo when the Red Bull arrived.

    Raikkonen put pressure on Bottas in the closing stages of the race, but was unable to run close enough to make a move. The pair finished second and third, both taking their second podiums of the season.

    Hamilton, who was left frustrated when he didn’t pit during the safety car, finished fourth ahead of Verstappen and Hulkenberg.

    An alternative pit stop strategy that saw Fernando Alonso pit after every other driver allowed the McLaren driver to finish seventh ahead of Vettel and Carlos Sainz, who tried to challenge the Ferrari in the final laps.

    Kevin Magnussen was the final points finisher ahead of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.

    Brendon Hartley was the only retirement. Both Toro Rossos survived their collision, with the safety car only brought out so marshals could clear debris, but Hartley was forced to pit with five laps remaining due to a gearbox problem

RESULTS:

1. Daniel Ricciardo / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / + 25 Points

2. Valtteri Bottas / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland / + 18 Points
3. Kimi Raikkonen / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland / + 15 Points
4. Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain / + 12 Points
5. Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / + 10 Points*
6. Nico Hulkenberg / Renault-Renault / Germany / + 8 Points
7. Fernando Alonso / McLaren-Renault / Spain / + 6 Points
8. Sebastian Vettel / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany / + 4 Points
9. Carlos Sainz / Renault-Renault / Spain / + 2 Points
10. Kevin Magnussen / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark / + 1 Point
11. Esteban Ocon / Force India-Mercedes / France
12. Sergio Perez / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico
13. Stoffel Vandoorne / McLaren-Renault / Belgium
14. Lance Stroll / Williams-Mercedes / Canada
15. Sergey Sirotkin / Williams-Mercedes / Russia
16. Marcus Ericsson / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden
17. Romain Grosjean / Haas-Ferrari / France
18. Pierre Gasly / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / France**
19. Charles Leclerc / Sauber-Ferrari / Monaco

RETIRED - Brendon Hartley / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / New Zealand / Gearbox

* - (Gasly) 10-Second-Time-Penalty for causing a collision with Hartley
** - (Verstappen) 10-Second-Time-Penalty for causing a collision with Vettel

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Chinese GP: Qualifying - RE-CAP & RESULTS


CHINESE GP - QUALIFYING - RE-CAP & RESULTS

    Sebastian Vettel scored another pole position while Mercedes had to settle for the second row of the grid. Daniel Ricciardo, who suffered from an engine failure in FP3, barely made it out in time for Q1 and ended up securing 6th.

    Marcus Ericsson received a 5-Place-Grid-Penalty after ignoring yellow flags after his team-mate, Leclerc, spun out in Q1. Ericsson had finished 20th in Q1 so his position was not compromised.

HOW IT WORKS:

Q1 = 18 minutes. All cars allowed to go out. At the end of the session, the five slowest are eliminated.
Q2 = 15 minutes. The remaining cars go out. At the end of the session, the five slowest are eliminated.
Q3 = 12 minutes. Final 10 cars go out. The final order at the end of the session is how the grid will line up. Fastest car starts from Pole Position.

GRID LINE-UP:

1. Sebastian Vettel / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany
2. Kimi Raikkonen / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland
3. Valtteri Bottas / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland
4. Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain
5. Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands
6. Daniel Ricciardo / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / Australia
7. Nico Hulkenberg / Renault-Renault / Germany
8. Sergio Perez / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico
9. Carlos Sainz / Renault-Renault / Spain
10. Romain Grosjean / Haas-Ferrari / France
11. Kevin Magnussen / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark
12. Esteban Ocon / Force India-Mercedes / France
13. Fernando Alonso / McLaren-Renault / Spain
14. Stoffel Vandoorne / McLaren-Renault / Belgium
15. Brendon Hartley / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / New Zealand
16. Sergey Sirotkin / Williams-Mercedes / Russia
17. Pierre Gasly / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / France
18. Lance Stroll / Williams-Mercedes / Canada
19. Charles Leclerc / Sauber-Ferrari / Monaco
20. Marcus Ericsson / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden*

* - (Ericsson) 5-Place-Grid-Penalty for ignoring yellow flags in Q1

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Chinese GP: Free Practice #3 - RE-CAP & TIMES


CHINESE GP - FREE PRACTICE #3 - RE-CAP & TIMES

    Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 in cool conditions in the final free practice session ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.

    Ferrari appeared to have the advantage, with Vettel more than 0.7s quicker than the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and over a second quicker than reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, who topped FP1 and FP2.

    Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished second quickest, with a lap time half a second slower than Vettel’s 1m33.469s.

    A number of drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, ran wide in the tricky conditions but everyone managed to stay out of the walls.

    Mercedes may have had a slightly disappointing session, but it was nothing compared to that of Red Bull.

    Less than a week since a double DNF in Bahrain, Daniel Ricciardo suffered an engine failure half way through the session. Smoke poured out the back of Ricciardo’s Red Bull as he came to a stop at the penultimate corner, having only completed four laps. The virtual safety car was deployed n the sector as marshals pushed the car back to the pits.

    Team-mate Max Verstappen managed to end the session fourth fastest, but also hinted at problems with his Red Bull. He claimed he was losing speed when he got close to the limiter and said it felt similar to last season’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where he retired with an engine failure.

    Haas also encountered problems when Romain Grosjean’s brakes caught fire in the pits. The incident ended his session and he ended the morning slowest.

    Team-mate Kevin Magnussen was sixth quickest on the soft compound of tyre, ahead of the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

    Carlos Sainz and Sergey Sirotkin complete the top 10.

TIMES:

1. Sebastian Vettel - 1:33.018 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany
2. Kimi Raikkonen - 1:33.469 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland
3. Valtteri Bottas - 1:33.761 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland
4. Max Verstappen - 1:33.969 / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands
5. Lewis Hamilton - 1:34.057 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain
6. Kevin Magnussen - 1:34.329 / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark
7. Sergio Perez - 1:34.445 / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico
8. Esteban Ocon - 1:34.456 / Force India-Mercedes / France
9. Carlos Sainz - 1:34.582 / Renault-Renault / Spain
10. Sergey Sirotkin - 1:34.741 / Williams-Mercedes / Russia
11. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:34.841 / Renault-Renault / Germany
12. Fernando Alonso - 1:34.851 / McLaren-Renault / Spain
13. Stoffel Vandoorne - 1:34.977 / McLaren-Renault / Belgium
14. Brendon Hartley - 1:34.991 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / New Zealand
15. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:35.061 / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / Australia
16. Pierre Gasly - 1:35.079 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / France
17. Lance Stroll - 1:35.375 / Williams-Mercedes / Canada
18. Charles Leclerc - 1:35.497 / Sauber-Ferrari / Monaco
19. Marcus Ericsson - 1:35.679 / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden
20. Romain Grosjean - 1:35.756 / Haas-Ferrari / France

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Chinese GP: Free Practice #2 - RE-CAP & TIMES


CHINESE GP - FREE PRACTICE #2 - RE-CAP & TIMES

    Lewis Hamilton once again topped the time-sheets for Mercedes, setting a 1:33.482. Raikkonen, again, was in 2nd with a 1:33.489. 

    A bit further back, in third, was other Mercedes driver, Bottas, who ended the session with a 1:33.515. He finished just ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.

    McLaren had an OK session with Fernando Alonso taking tenth with a 1:34.632. Vandoorne was a few spaces down in 14th with a 1:35.163. The Belgian suffered  from an unsafe release when a wheel was not fastened securely during a pit-stop.

    This makes the 4th incident involving unsafe releases that are due to unsecured tyres. Magnussen and Grosjean both retired because of this in Australia while Raikkonen retired in Bahrain from the same issue.

    Both Renault drivers were on the pace for this final practice session of the weekend. Hulkenberg finished up in 6th, just behind Verstappen. Hulkenberg's fastest time was a 1:34.313. Team-mate, Sainz, set a 1:34.473 to go 8th.

    There was light rain at the end of session, but all drivers got at least 1-2 proper runs ahead of Qualifying.

TIMES:

1. Lewis Hamilton - 1:33.482 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain
2. Kimi Raikkonen - 1:33.489 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland
3. Valtteri Bottas - 1:33.515 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland
4. Sebastian Vettel - 1:33.590 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany
5. Max Verstappen - 1:33.823 / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands
6. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:34.313 / Renault-Renault / Germany
7. Kevin Magnussen - 1:34.458 / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark
8. Carlos Sainz - 1:34.473 / Renault-Renault / Spain
9. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:34.557 / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / Australia
10. Fernando Alonso - 1:34.632 / McLaren-Renault / Spain
11. Sergio Perez - 1:34.792 / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico
12. Pierre Gasly - 1:34.849 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / France
13. Esteban Ocon - 1:34.874 / Force India-Mercedes / France
14. Stoffel Vandoorne - 1:35.163 / McLaren-Renault / Belgium
15. Brendon Hartley - 1:35.333 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / New Zealand
16. Sergey Sirotkin - 1:35.340 / Williams-Mercedes / Russia
17. Marcus Ericsson - 1:35.624 / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden
18. Charles Leclerc - 1:35.916 / Sauber-Ferrari / Monaco
19. Romain Grosjean - 1:36.471 / Haas-Ferrari / France
20. Lance Stroll - 1:37.147 / Williams-Mercedes / Canada

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Chinese GP: Free Practice #1 - RE-CAP & TIMES


CHINESE GP - FREE PRACTICE #1 - RE-CAP & TIMES

    The first practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend saw Lewis Hamilton bag the top time, despite a high-speed spin. Hamilton's time, a 1:33.999, put him ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas. 

    Raikkonen, in second, set down a 1:34.35. The Ferrari driver surprisingly also completed the least amount of laps. Team-mate, Vettel, ended the session in 6th with a 1:34.861.

    Bottas, in 3rd, finished with a quickest time of 1:34.457.

    The session saw light rain here and there throughout the hour and a half of running, but no major downpour or storms.

    Red Bull also carried their times into the top 5, with Ricciardo finishing in 4th with a 1:34.537 and Verstappen right behind in 5th with a fastest time of 1:34.668.

    Bahrain's 4th place finisher, Pierre Gasly, ended the session just outside the top 10, in 11th with a 1:36.037. Meanwhile, team-mate, Hartley, was further down in 16th with a 1:36.715.

    Down in 20th was Lance Stroll, who struggled to find pace and only managed a 1:37.277.

TIMES:

1. Lewis Hamilton - 1:33.999 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain
2. Kimi Raikkonen - 1:34.358 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland
3. Valtteri Bottas - 1:34.457 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland
4. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:34.537 / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / Australia
5. Max Verstappen - 1:34.668 / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands
6. Sebastian Vettel - 1:34.861 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany
7. Kevin Magnussen - 1:35.178 / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark
8. Carlos Sainz - 1:35.616 / Renault-Renault / Spain
9. Romain Grosjean - 1:35.718 / Haas-Ferrari / France
10. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:35.800 / Renault-Renault / Germany
11. Pierre Gasly - 1:36.037 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / France
12. Fernando Alonso - 1:36.044 / McLaren-Renault / Spain
13. Sergio Perez - 1:36.051 / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico
14. Esteban Ocon - 1:36.351 / Force India-Mercedes / France
15. Sergey Sirotkin - 1:36.691 / Williams-Mercedes / Russia
16. Brendon Hartley - 1:36.715 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / New Zealand
17. Charles Leclerc - 1:36.723 / Sauber-Ferrari / Monaco
18. Stoffel Vandoorne - 1:36.756 / McLaren-Renault / Belgium
19. Marcus Ericsson - 1:36.909 / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden
20. Lance Stroll - 1:37.277 / Williams-Mercedes / Canada

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Chinese GP: Driver Preview Quotes - Toro Rosso


DRIVER PREVIEW QUOTES - RED BULL TORO ROSSO HONDA

Pierre Gasly - “I have only been to the Shanghai International Circuit in my role as reserve driver with Red Bull Racing, so this week will be the first time I actually get to drive on the track. It’s always exciting to discover a new place and a new circuit and this one looks like being a pretty cool one. Like most drivers I use the Playstation and I love driving this circuit on it, so I can't wait to do it for real. Those first two corners that seem to go on for ever are particularly challenging. Usually I don’t take long to learn a new track, so I hope that’s the case, because getting on the pace as quickly as possible on Friday is always the key to a good weekend. I haven’t spent too much time in Shanghai yet - I’m always excited to explore new cities, it’s quite an interesting culture as well, so it’s nice to see different ways of living compared to what we are used to either in France or in Europe, even if Shanghai is famous for its “French Quarter” too!”

Brendon Hartley - “I have driven at the Chinese track a few times in the World Endurance Championship and we had quite a bit of success there in LMP1, with two wins and a second place and that’s always good for your confidence. The WEC races here lasted 6 Hours, but split between three drivers that makes 2 hours each, so not that much different to an F1 race. I quite like the track, it’s very technical and very hard on tyres with such a long Turn 1 - where I think there’s 10 different options and lines, and there’s always some crazy passes on the inside, which is good for the driver and fun for the fans. Also entering the back straight, there’s a really long right hander which is really hard on the front left tyre, so I think tyre management will be a bit of a discussion in China. Shanghai itself is a great city, very international, with a unique Chinese flavour, but seeing the sights will have to wait, as it’s going to be a very busy week, following on immediately after Bahrain.”

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Chinese GP: Driver Preview Quotes - Haas


DRIVER PREVIEW QUOTES - HAAS F1 TEAM

Romain Grosjean - “Shanghai is a tricky track because it’s very different from the early stages in the year. It’s a front-limited circuit, meaning that the car needs to work well with front tires. If it doesn’t, then it gets very tricky. Overtaking in Shanghai is not impossible. There’s the long back straight with DRS helping overtaking manoeuvres. In general, if the car is good in qualifying, the race should be quite good. If not, then in the race you’re going to struggle. If you qualify in the top-10, you should finish in the top-10. If you’re not, then it’s harder. I’ve had good cars in Shanghai, therefore I’ve been able to score points.

    I like the high-speed corners at (Turns) 5 and 6. It’s just an amazing part. (And Turns 1, 2 and 3 are) very challenging. There’s a lot of demand on the front tyres, and it’s not easy to find the perfect lane. Then being up on the back straight, that long right-hand side corner, going onto the throttle, as well, is important because you’ve got one-and-a-half kilometre of straight line. You need to be as early as possible on the power.

    Overtaking in China is always pretty good – it’s always exciting. The balance is really difficult to find because there’s a lot of demands on the front tyres, which makes it tricky. One of the main concerns is trying to find a way to get the best from the front tyres.”

Kevin Magnussen - “Shanghai is a really good circuit to overtake. It always offers lots of opportunities. My favourite part is Turns 7 and 8 – the fast ones in the middle. It’s a pretty good section of the track. (More challenging are) Turns 1, 2 and 3. It’s a pretty unique place, where you enter so fast and then have to stop the car in the corner all the way down to low speed.”

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Chinese GP: Driver Preview Quotes - Williams


DRIVER PREVIEW QUOTES - WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING

Lance Stroll - “Last year the weather wasn’t great and I remember it being quite foggy, wet and cold at the start of the weekend. This aside, it is a good track to drive as it has high speed corners and there is a nice flow to it. Last year in qualifying we were quite competitive, but then it was a shame what happened in the race. Hopefully we will have some better weather this year, a better result and that it will be an enjoyable weekend.”

Sergey Sirotkin - “China is quite a difficult track with difficult weather conditions which can affect tyre wear and car behaviour. It has some very nice long, high-speed corners as well as quite good overtaking opportunities, and it probably has one of the heaviest braking zones of the season. So yeah, it’s a challenging track and it’s really new to me. I know that it’s not going to be easy but hopefully with a good amount of laps and some clean running, we can build our confidence and deliver a better result in Shanghai.”

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Chinese GP: Driver Preview Quotes - Red Bull


DRIVER PREVIEW QUOTES - ASTON MARTIN RED BULL RACING

Daniel Ricciardo - “Shanghai is a track that for some reason I didn’t initially get to grips with but over the years it’s become a track I enjoy more and more. It’s a super technical track, turns 1 and 2 are pretty crazy and hard on the front tyres but if you can manage that you’re normally in for a good race. I’m still yet to get a podium there but it’s always a track I’ve had good speed on so hopefully we will have a good chance with the RB14. There are also some pretty hardcore fans in China and they get me to sign random photos from when I look about 16 walking around shopping centres somewhere in the world. I have no idea how they manage to get their hands on pictures like that, but the fans who come to the track are super passionate which is always nice to see. It’s also a really big and crazy city so I’m definitely going to try and explore a bit more of that this year.

Max Verstappen - “China was good for me last year with a podium. As the track is so wide it is good for overtaking, this usually leads to an exciting and action packed race. It is quite heavy on tyres, the fronts especially. The Chinese fans are really passionate so I look forward to seeing them out in force again and us all having a great race weekend.”

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Chinese GP: Circuit Preview


CHINESE GRAND PRIX 2018 - CIRCUIT PREVIEW 

Name: Shanghai International Circuit
Location: Jiading, Shanghai, China
Opened: 2004
Length: 3.388 Miles
Capacity: 200,000
Runs: Clockwise
Turns: 16 
Race Laps: 56

2017 RACE STATS: 

Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton
1st Place: Lewis Hamilton
2nd Place: Sebastian Vettel
3rd Place: Max Verstappen
Retirements: Lance Stroll (Collision), Antonio Giovinazzi (Accident), Stoffel Vandoorne (Fuel Pressure), Daniil Kvyat (Hydraulics) & Fernando Alonso (Driveshaft)

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