Thursday, August 3, 2017

In-Season Test #2 - Day #2 - Re-Cap & Times


IN-SEASON TEST #2 - DAY #2 - RE-CAP & TIMES

    McLaren prodigy Lando Norris narrowly missed out on the top time in the final Formula 1 test day at the Hungaroring.

    Sebastian Vettel finished the day fastest, just two tenths of a second quicker than 17-year-old Norris.

    Vettel set his 1:17.124s lap time in the morning, before handing over to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. The championship leader was called up to test late and is believed to be running new parts. He was seven tenths of a second quicker than Raikkonen, who finished the day third.

    Norris, in only his first day in a Formula 1 car, completed more than 90 laps and set a lap time quicker than Fernando Alonso’s qualifying time last Saturday.

    It wasn’t all perfect for the young Brit, though, as he brought out the red flags at the end of the morning session.

    The star of the day was Robert Kubica, who drove a modern F1 car for the first time in six and a half years. Kubica completed nearly 150 laps in the RS17, after clipping the wall when leaving the garage for the first time and knocking down the “Nico Hulkenberg” sign left over from the Hungarian GP.

    Kubica’s time was fourth fastest, ahead of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat, who were sharing Toro Rosso testing duties.

    Kvyat brought out the second red flag of the day towards the end of the afternoon session. He had just improved his time to go sixth fastest when he brought out the red flag. The track turned green again five minutes later, only for the red flags to return to clear debris.

    Seventh in the timings was Lucas Auer, one of two juniors testing the Force India. He completed 49 laps and was four tenths of a quicker faster than Nikita Mazepin, who finished the day ninth.

    Mercedes junior George Russell took eighth fastest before stopping on track in the closing minutes of the afternoon session. He brought out the final red flag of the day – and the final red flag before summer break – and brought an end to the session.

    Rounding out the top 10 was Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly, who was driving for the senior team in his first day of in-season testing this year. He completed over 100 laps, but was more than a second slower than Kvyat.

    Luca Ghiotto in the Williams finished 11th, ahead of Santonio Ferruci in the Haas and Nobuhara Matsushuta in the Sauber.

TIMES:

1. Sebastian Vettel (AM) - 1:17.124 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany / 40 Laps
2. Lando Norris - 1:17.385 / McLaren-Honda / Great Britain / 91 Laps
3. Kimi Raikkonen (AM/PM) - 1:17.842 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland / 60 Laps
4. Robert Kubica - 1:18.572 / Renault-Renault / Poland / 142 Laps
5. Carlos Sainz (AM) - 1:18.850 / Toro Rosso-Renault / Spain / 68 Laps
6. Daniil Kvyat (PM) – 1:19.116 / Toro Rosso-Renault / Russia / 54 Laps
7. Lucas Auer (AM) - 1:19.242 / Force India-Mercedes / Austria / 49 Laps
8. George Russell - 1:19.391 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain / 90 Laps
9. Nikita Mazepin (PM) - 1:19.692 / Force India-Mercedes / Russia / 48 Laps
10. Pierre Gasly - 1:20.337 / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / France / 107 Laps
11. Luca Ghiotto - 1:20.414 / Williams-Mercedes / Italy / 161 Laps
12. Santino Ferrucci - 1:20.994 / Haas-Ferrari / USA / 116 Laps
13. Nobuharu Matsushita - 1:21.503 / Sauber-Ferrari / Japan / 121 Laps

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

In-Season Test #2 - Day #2 - Line-Up


IN-SEASON TEST #2 - DAY #2 - LINE-UP

Mercedes-Mercedes: George Russell
Ferrari-Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen (AM) / Sebastian Vettel (PM)
Red Bull-TAG-Heuer: Pierre Gasly
Williams-Mercedes: Luca Ghiotto
Renault-Renault: Robert Kubica
McLaren-Honda: Lando Norris
Toro Rosso-Renault: Carlos Sainz (AM) / Daniil Kvyat (PM)
Force India-Mercedes: Lucas Auer (AM) / Nikita Mazepin (PM)*
Sauber-Ferrari: Nobuharu Matsushita
Haas-Ferrari: Santino Ferrucci 

* - Notes drivers are sharing testing duties

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In-Season Test #2 - Day #1 - Re-Cap & Times


IN-SEASON TEST #2 - DAY #1 - RE-CAP & TIMES

    Charles Leclerc topped the time-sheets at the end of the first day of the second and last in-season test of the year. Leclerc, a reigning GP3 champion and current Formula 2 driver for PREMA Racing, finished the session with a fastest time of 1:17.746. And which team did he get to drive for? Ferrari. Leclerc is part of the Ferrari Academy and it is rumored that he will have a potential F1 drive next year with Sauber.

    GP3 driver, George Russell, drove the Mercedes and finished the session in 4th. He completed a total of 119 laps and had a fastest time of 1:19.231. Valtteri Bottas drove a separate Mercedes to conduct a special tyre test for Pirelli. Bottas finished just ahead of Russel, in 3rd, with a 1:18.732.

    Verstappen, one of the other current F1 drivers to stay behind at Hungaroring for the test, had issues with his Red Bull during most of the day, including an engine problem that left him in the garage for quite a long time. He finished down in 11th and only completed 58 laps.

    Stoffel Vandoorne finished 2nd fastest of the day with a 1:17.834 but the day didn't come without a McLaren technical issue. His car stopped on track during the session and caused Red Flags.

    Force India split driving duties between one of their test/reserve drivers, Nikita Mazepin. He drove the car during the 4-Hour AM session, before Lucas Auer, a DTM driver for Mercedes, took over for the 4-Hour PM session. Mazepin finished the session in 6th and Auer, a bit further down in 9th.

    Other drivers taking part in Tuesday's running were Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi (F2), Sean Gelael (F2), Santino Ferrucci (F2 & GP3) and Gustav Malja (F2).

TIMES:

1. Charles Leclerc - 1:17.746 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Monaco / 98 Laps
2. Stoffel Vandoorne - 1:17.834 / McLaren-Honda / Belgium / 71 Laps
3. Valtteri Bottas - 1:18.732 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland / 155 Laps (T)
4. George Russell - 1:19.231 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain / 119 Laps
5. Lance Stroll - 1:19.866 / Williams-Mercedes / Canada / 137 Laps
6. Nikita Mazepin (AM) - 1:19.910 / Force India-Mercedes / Russia / 52 Laps
7. Nicholas Latifi - 1:20.302 / Renault-Renault / Canada / 53 Laps
8. Sean Gelael - 1:20.341 / Toro Rosso-Renault / Indonesia / 100 Laps
9. Lucas Auer (PM) - 1:20.563 / Force India-Mercedes / Austria / 53 Laps
10. Santino Ferrucci - 1:21.185 / Haas-Ferrari / USA / 101 Laps
11. Max Verstappen - 1:21.228 / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands / 58 Laps
12. Gustav Malja - 1:21.503 / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden / 108 Laps

(T) - Bottas running for Pirelli test only

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

In-Season Test #2 - Day #1 - Line-Up


IN-SEASON TEST #2 - DAY #1 - LINE-UP

Mercedes-Mercedes: George Russell / Valtteri Bottas (T)
Ferrari-Ferrari: Charles Leclerc
Red Bull-TAG-Heuer: Max Verstappen
Williams-Mercedes: Lance Stroll
Renault-Renault: Nicholas Latifi
McLaren-Honda: Stoffel Vandoorne
Toro Rosso-Renault: Sean Gelael
Force India-Mercedes: Nikita Mazepin (AM) / Lucas Auer (PM)*
Sauber-Ferrari: Gustav Malja
Haas-Ferrari: Santino Ferrucci

* - Notes drivers are sharing testing duties
(T) - Bottas running for Pirelli test only

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Hungarian GP: Race - Re-Cap & Results


HUNGARIAN GP - RACE - RE-CAP & RESULTS

    It was a Ferrari 1-2 on the podium as Vettel brought the Italian team another win this season. It didn't come easy either. He struggled throughout the race with the steering and towards the final laps it was suggested that he even let Raikkonen pass as it appeared he was going faster.

    Going back to Lap 1, it was all chaos at the Red Bull garage following first lap contact between Verstappen and Ricciardo. The two had collided and Ricciardo was sent into a spin that ended his race before it could even really begin. Verstappen was found guilty of causing the collision and was handed a 10-Second-Time-Penalty which was added to his final race time. Following the accident, Ricciardo had some choice words about his younger team-mate. Verstappen, however, apologized to Ricciardo.

    More contact was also happening in the beginning of the race and this time it was between Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg. The two bumped wheels more than once throughout the race and Grosjean eventually retired after a failed pit-stop that left him with a loose tyre. He ended up having to pull over and stop the car before things became any more unsafe for the other drivers. The team ended up being fine for the unsafe release.

    Hulkenberg was also involved in a minor incident with other Haas driver, Kevin Magnussen, While Magnussen was clear to put the blame on Hulkenberg, even going as far as telling him to "Suck my b***s", the stewards found Magnussen responsible for forcing Hulkenberg off track and he was handed a 5-Second-Time-Penalty.

    Paul di Resta, who replaced an unwell Felipe Massa, was having a decent race considering it was the first time he'd driven a 2017 F1 car outside of the simulator. However, his race ended early due to an oil leak. Stroll was unable to get into the points this time around as he finished in 14th.

    Both Force India drivers were able to keep things clean on the track and managed to score another double-points finish. Perez in 8th, grabbed 4 points while Ocon finished 9th and got 2 points for the team. Force India still stand strong in 4th in the constructors championship and it doesn't look like Williams will be catching them anytime soon.

    There was a tight battle for third place between the two Mercedes drivers and Lewis Hamilton proved to be faster on his tyres. Early on in the race he suffered from a radio malfunction that left him unable to contact his engineer and the team. He could hear them, but for the team it was silence. 

    The team eventually decided to ask Bottas to let Hamilton past and that if he could not pass Raikkonen or catch either Ferrari within 5 laps, he was to give 3rd back to Bottas and at the final lap, Hamilton did as he was told. While he lost out on a podium, he still got 12 points for his 4th place finish.

    Hungary proved to be one of McLaren's best performances so far this season with both drivers scoring points and managing to finish the race without any engine failures. Fernando Alonso finished in 6th place and Vandoorne in 10th, grabbing the last championship point. This could be a sign of better things yet to come for the struggling team.

    Nico Hulkenberg ended up being the last retirement of the race due to brake issues but still qualified as finished as he completed over 90% of the race distance. His team-mate, Palmer, finished in 12th, just ahead of Magnussen, Stroll, Wehrlein and Ericsson.

    Formula 1 now heads on to its Summer Break but not everyone gets to go on vacation so quickly. The teams and a handful of drivers from F1, F2 and GP3 will stick around to complete a 2-Day in-season test at the Hungaroring. 

RESULTS:

1. Sebastian Vettel / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany / + 25 Points
2. Kimi Raikkonen / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland / + 18 Points
3. Valtteri Bottas / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland / + 15 Points
4. Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain / + 12 Points
5. Max Verstappen / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands / + 10 Points*
6. Fernando Alonso / McLaren-Honda / Spain / + 8 Points
7. Carlos Sainz / Toro Rosso-Renault / Spain / + 6 Points
8. Sergio Perez / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico / + 4 Points
9. Esteban Ocon / Force India-Mercedes / France / + 2 Points
10. Stoffel Vandoorne / McLaren-Honda / Belgium / + 1 Point
11. Daniil Kvyat / Toro Rosso-Renault / Russia
12. Jolyon Palmer / Renault-Renault / Great Britain
13. Kevin Magnussen / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark**
14. Lance Stroll / Williams-Mercedes / Canada
15. Pascal Wehrlein / Sauber-Ferrari / Germany
16. Marcus Ericsson / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden

RETIRED - Nico Hulkenberg / Renault-Renault / Germany / Brakes***
RETIRED - Paul di Resta / Williams-Mercedes / Great Britain / Oi Leak****
RETIRED - Romain Grosjean / Haas-Ferrari / France / Wheel Nut
RETIRED - Daniel Ricciardo / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Australia / Collision Damage

* - Notes Verstappen had 10 seconds added to his final race time
** - Notes Magnussen had 5 seconds added to his final race time
*** - Notes Hulkenberg retired on lap 69 but qualified as finishing the race as he had completed over 90% of the race distance
**** - Notes Paul di Resta replaced Felipe Massa (Illness)

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Formula 2 - HUNGARY - Sprint Race - Results


FORMULA 2 - SPRINT RACE - RESULTS - HUNGARY

1. Nobuharu Matsushita / ART Grand Prix / Japan / + 15 Points
2. Oliver Rowland / DAMS / Great Britain / + 12 Points
3. Nyck de Vries / Rapax / Netherlands / + 10 Points
4. Charles Leclerc / PREMA Racing / Monaco / + 8 Points
5. Norman Nato / Pertamina Arden / France / + 6 Points
6. Nicholas Latifi / DAMS / Canada / + 4 Points
7. Alexander Albon / ART Grand Prix / Thailand / + 2 Points
8. Luca Ghiotto / RUSSIAN TIME / Italy / + 1 Point
9. Artem Markelov / RUSSIAN TIME / Russia / + 2 Points (FL)
10. Sean Gelael / Pertamina Arden / Indonesia
11. Jordan King / MP Motorsport / Great Britain
12. Louis Deletraz / Racing Engineering / Switzerland
13. Sergio Sette Camara / MP Motorsport / Brazil
14. Santino Ferrucci / Trident / USA*
15. Nabil Jeffri / Trident / Malaysia
16. Ralph Boschung / Campos Racing / Switzerland
17. Antonio Fuoco / PREMA Racing / Italy

RETIRED - Gustav Malja / Racing Engineering / Sweden / Mechanical Issue
RETIRED - Sergio Canamasas / Rapax / Spain / Collision Damage**
RETIRED - Robert Visoiu / Campos Racing / Romania / Collision Damage

* - Notes Ferrucci is driving for Trident during the Hungarian GP Weekend.
** - Notes Canamasas is driving for Rapax during the Hungarian GP Weekend.

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GP3 - HUNGARY - Sprint Race - Results


GP3 - SPRINT RACE - RESULTS - HUNGARY

1. Giuliano Alesi / Trident / France / + 15 Points
2. Ryan Tveter / Trident / USA / + 12 Points
3. Kevin Joerg / Trident / Switzerland / + 10 Points
4. Dorian Boccolacci / Trident / France / + 8 Points
5. Anthoine Hubert / ART Grand Prix / France / + 6 Points
6. Niko Kari / Arden International / Finland / + 4 Points
7. Raoul Hyman / Campos Racing / South Africa / + 2 Points
8. Arjun Maini / Jenzer Motorsport / India / + 1 Point
9. Marcos Siebert / Campos Racing / Argentina*
10. Leonardo Pulcini / Arden International / Italy / + 2 Points (FL)
11. George Russell / ART Grand Prix / Great Britain
12. Matthieu Vaxiviere / DAMS / France* + **
13. Tatiana Calderon / DAMS / Columbia

RETIRED - Julien Falchero / Campos Racing / France / Puncture
RETIRED - Jack Aitken / ART Grand Prix / Great Britain / Puncture
RETIRED - Bruno Baptista / DAMS / Brazil / Mechanical Issue
RETIRED - Alessio Lorandi / Jenzer Motorsport / Italy / Puncture
RETIRED - Steijn Schothorst / Arden International / Netherlands / Mechanical Issue
RETIRED - Nirei Fukuzumi / ART Grand Prix / Japan / Accident & Puncture

* - Notes both Siebert & Vaxiviere both received a 20-Second-Time-Penalty for failing to follow certain rules under the Virtual Safety Car period. Siebert had originally finished in 8th and Vaxiviere originally finished in 11th.
** - Notes Vaxiviere is driving for DAMS in place of Ferrucci during the Hungarian GP Weekend.

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GP3 - HUNGARY - Feature Race - Results


GP3 - FEATURE RACE - RESULTS - HUNGARY

1. Jack Aitken / ART Grand Prix / Great Britain / + 25 points + 4 Points (Pole) + 2 Points (FL)
2. Nirei Fukuzumi / ART Grand Prix / Japan / + 18 Points
3. Anthoine Hubert / ART Grand Prix / France / + 15 Points
4. Alessio Lorandi / Jenzer Motorsport / Italy / + 12 Points
5. Dorian Boccolacci / Trident / France / + 10 Points
6. Giuliano Alesi / Trident / France / + 8 Points
7. Kevin Joerg / Trident / Switzerland / + 6 Points
8. Ryan Tveter / Trident / USA / + 4 Points
9. Niko Kari / Arden International / Finland / + 2 Points
10. Bruno Baptista / DAMS / Brazil / + 1 Point
11. Marcos Siebert / Campos Racing / Argentina
12. Matthieu Vaxiviere / DAMS / France*
13. Julien Falchero / Campos Racing / France 
14. Raoul Hyman / Campos Racing / South Africa
15. Leonardo Pulcini / Arden International
16. Steijn Schothorst / Arden International / Netherlands / DNF / Mechanical Issue

RETIRED - Tatiana Calderon / DAMS / Columbia / Accident
RETIRED - George Russell / ART Grand Prix / Great Britain / Mechanical Issue
RETIRED - Arjun Maini / Jenzer Motorsport / India / Mechanical Issue

* - Notes Vaxiviere is driving for DAMS in place of Ferrucci during the Hungarian GP Weekend. 

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Formula 2 - HUNGARY - Feature Race - Results


FORMULA 2 - FEATURE RACE - RESULTS - HUNGARY

1. Oliver Rowland / DAMS / Great Britain / + 25 Points + 4 Points (Pole)
2. Nicholas Latifi / DAMS / Canada / + 18 Points + 2 Points (FL)
3. Nyck de Vries / Rapax / Netherlands / + 15 Points
4. Charles Leclerc / PREMA Racing / Monaco / + 12 Points
5. Nobuharu Matsushita / ART Grand Prix / Japan / + 10 Points
6. Luca Ghiotto / RUSSIAN TIME / Italy / + 8 Points
7. Norman Nato / Pertamina Arden / France / + 6 Points
8. Alexander Albon / ART Grand Prix / Thailand / + 4 Points
9. Santino Ferrucci / Trident / USA / + 2 Points*
10. Louis Deletraz / Racing Engineering / Switzerland / + 1 Point
11. Ralph Boschung / Campos Racing / Switzerland
12. Nabil Jeffri / Trident / Malaysia
13. Gustav Malja / Racing Engineering / Sweden
14. Sean Gelael / Pertamina Arden / Indonesia**
15. Jordan King / MP Motorsport / Great Britain
16. Sergio Sette Camara / MP Motorsport / Brazil**
17. Artem Markelov / RUSSIAN TIME / Russia / RETIRED - Crash***

RETIRED - Sergio Canamasas / Rapax / Spain / Collision Damage****
RETIRED - Robert Visoiu / Campos Racing / Romania / Collision Damage
RETIRED - Antonio Fuoco / PREMA Racing / Italy / Retired

* - Notes Ferrucci is driving for Trident during the Hungarian GP Weekend.
** - Notes both Gelael and Sette Camara received a 10-Second-Time-Penalty for deploying DRS before completing 2 laps. Gelael had originally finished 9th and Sette Camara had originally finished 14th
*** - Notes Markelov crashed out of the race but qualified as finished as he had completed at least 90% of the race distance
**** - Notes Canamasas is driving for Rapax during the Hungarian GP Weekend

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hungarian GP: Qualifying - Re-Cap & Results


HUNGARIAN GP - QUALIFYING - RE-CAP & RESULTS

    Sebastian Vettel has secured pole position ahead of Hungarian Grand Prix and it's a full Ferrari front row lock-out. Paul di Resta will race for Williams in place of the unwell Felipe Massa and it will be the first time di Resta has raced in F1 since 2013 when he was part of Force India's line-up.

    Nico Hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat have both received grid penalties. Hulkenberg for an unscheduled gearbox change and Kvyat for impeding during the session. 

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-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands
6. Daniel Ricciardo / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Australia
7. Fernando Alonso / McLaren-Honda / Spain
8. Stoffel Vandoorne / McLaren-Honda / Belgium
9. Carlos Sainz / Toro Rosso-Renault / Spain
10. Jolyon Palmer / Renault-Renault / Great Britain
11. Esteban Ocon / Force India-Mercedes / France
12. Nico Hulkenberg / Renault-Renault / Germany*
13. Sergio Perez  / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico
14. Romain Grosjean / Haas-Ferrari / France
15. Kevin Magnussen / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark
16. Daniil Kvyat / Toro Rosso-Renault / Russia**
17. Lance Stroll / Williams-Mercedes / Canada
18. Pascal Wehrlein / Sauber-Ferrari / Germany
19. Paul di Resta / Williams-Mercedes / Great Britain***
20. Marcus Ericsson / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden

* - (Hulkenberg) 5-Place-Grid-Penalty for unscheduled gearbox change
** - (Kvyat) 3-Place-Grid-Penalty for impeding during Qualifying
*** (di Resta) Replacing Felipe Massa (Illness) for the rest of the weekend.

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