Hamilton Leads Mercedes 1-2 at Monza

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix from Valterri Bottas leading a Mercedes 1-2 finish in the race with Sebastian Vettel finishing in 3rd place 36seconds behind Hamilton. With this Result Hamilton takes first in the drivers championship and Mercedes Extends it’s Championship lead. Mercedes beatsFerrari on their home ground. Hamilton now has 228 points to Vettel’s 225,Bottas is in reach with 197 points.

Daniel Riccardo battled his way from 16th on the grid to take fourth place for Red Bull he finished ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. Estaban Ocon secured 6th place for Force India after a race long tussle with the Williams of Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa. Sergio Perez finished ninth and Max Verstappen finished tenth after a excellent start dropped back when he had a earlier clash with Massa. Verstappen recovered to complete the top 10.

Hamilton dominated the race from the start. Bottas gained 2nd place from the third lap. Bottas original made a poor start but redeemed himslef by snatching fourth place. He passed Raikkonen’s Ferrari round the outside of the Parabolica at the end of the opening lap. He made short of Ocon who took second place form Stroll at the start of the race.Mercedes ran away with the race with none of the other teams having any answers Hamilton led Bottas home by 4.4s.

Red Bull showed strong race pace which helped them after engine penalties had pushed them down the grid. Riccardo started on the soft Pirelli tyres, ran until the 37th lap on them, then came on like gangbusters on supersofts in the final stint. The Australian cut an 11.5s deficit to Vettel to just 4.0s by the flag, though the German told his team he’d had a problem from the halfway mark.

Verstappen had contact with Massa on the third lap this sent him to the pits for a replacement front wheel and tyre. He and Riccardo set several fastest laps. Verstappen recovered to finish 10th make a series of beautiful passes.

Raikkonen took a very distant fifth. fifth through ninth was covered by 3.6s. Raikkonen was ahead of the fierce fight between Ocon’s Force India, Stroll’s Williams and there respective team mates.

Magnussen finished 11th, Kyat finished 12th less than a second behind Magnussen. Hulkenberg finished 13th narrowly ahead of Carlos Sainz. Romain Grosjean finished 15th ahead of the final finisher Pascal Wehrlein. Both Mclaren Honda’s retired from the race along with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer.

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Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 1:15:32.312 25
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 53 +4.471s 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 53 +36.317s 15
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 53 +40.335s 12
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 53 +60.082s 10
6 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 53 +71.528s 8
7 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 53 +74.156s 6
8 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 53 +74.834s 4
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 53 +75.276s 2
10 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 52 +1 lap 1
11 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 52 +1 lap 0
12 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 52 +1 lap 0
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 52 +1 lap 0
14 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 52 +1 lap 0
15 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 52 +1 lap 0
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 51 +2 laps 0
17 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 50 DNF 0
18 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 49 DNF 0
NC 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 33 DNF 0
NC 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 29 DNF 0

Hamilton takes pole record with 69 at Monza

Lewis Hamilton captured his 69th pole position in Formula 1 which places him first all time. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished second and third, but after grid penalties for both, Williams rookie Lance Stroll will start the race alongside Hamilton on the front row. Lance Stroll became F1’s youngest starter on the front beating Verstappen record when he qualified 2nd at the 2016 Belgain Grand Prix.

Fifth fastest was Force India’s Esteban Ocon, ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Williams’ Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top ten. The qualifying session initially started on time but Romain Grosjean aquaplaned of the track as the rain worsen on the main straight.

It took Two hours and 35 minutes for the conditions  to  finally  be adjudged to be safe to resume the remaining 13 minutes and 31 seconds of Q1. Verstappen reported: “It’s better than when we started qualifying,” but had been happy to run much sooner.

Hamilton and Bottas were fastest on wets with 1m 36.009s and 1m 36.582s right into the dying moments, when the Finn went faster after switching to intermediates, with 1m 35.716s. Vettel was third on inters, in 1m 37.198s.

Raikkonen had a bit of a drama with a brake fire, and a near miss when his crew almost released him into the path of one of the Force India as the latter swept into its space immediately in front of the Ferrari pit.

Further down, Carlos Sainz made Q2 with 1m 39.788s for Toro Rosso, leaving Haas’s Kevin Magnussen 16th with a last-moment 1m 40.489s on inters, ahead of Renault’s Jolyon Palmer on 1m 40.646s on wets, the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein on 1m 41.732s and 1m 41.875s, and Grosjean in 20th on the strength of his originally third-fastest lap of 1m 43.355s.

There was a threat of further rain at the start of Q2, so everybody was in a rush to get a time in before conditions changed again.

All the quick times came on inters, with Hamilton improving further right at the end to stay on top with 1m 34.660s, despite some rain out on the back straight. Bottas also went quicker to 1m 35.396s as Verstappen did 1m 36.113s to beat Vettel’s 1m 36.223s set quite early on.

The biggest improver was Stroll who jumped from nowhere to fifth, ahead of Raikkonen, Ricciardo and Massa. Vandoorne bumped Sergio Perez right at the end, the Mexican missing out on 10th place by two thousandths of a second to Force India team mate Esteban Ocon.

Behind the Force India’s 1m 37.582s, Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was 12th on 1m 38.082s, with Fernando Alonso only running at the end to record 1m 38.202s for McLaren. That left the Toro Rossos 14th and 15th, with Daniil Kvyat on 1m 38.245s and Carlos Sainz on 1m 38.526s.

Could Ferrari beat Mercedes to the pole in Q3, giving the soaked spectators something to cheer, or would Hamilton set a new all-time record of 69?
The rain had come back, so again there were some brave tyre choices and some initially still went for intermediates – notably Ferrari and Mercedes – as the full wets made a comeback. But the rain was by now so heavy that surely the green-banded rubber was a mistake.

This was one of those sessions when times were improving continually as conditions did. Ocon, Verstappen and Hamilton all had turns at the top, but right at the end Mercedes pitted both their drivers for fresh wets. That was just as well, as Verstappen lapped in 1m 36.702s to beat Hamilton’s mark of 1m 36.913s. Team mate Ricciardo was also fast with 1m 36.841s, temporarily putting red Bull 1-2. But right at the end the triple champion put another super-neat lap together, even though he said conditions did not feel as good, and when he stopped the clocks with 1m 35.554s a sensational lap earned him a new record of 69 pole positions.

Stroll did a superb job to put his Williams fourth on 1m 37.032s, ahead of the also impressive Ocon on 1m 37.719s. Bottas didn’t get his run on new wets, so was sixth with 1m 37.833s, while Ferrari had a simply disastrous session with Raikkonen only seventh on 1m 37.987s and Vettel eighth after failing to better 1m 38.064s.

Massa was ninth on 1m 38.251s, and Vandoorne completed the top 10 with 1m 39.157s.

Both Red Bull having grid penalties for using additional power unit elements and will thus start Sunday’s race from the back of the field – likewise Hulkenberg, Palmer, Alonso and Sainz. That at least throws Ferrari a lifeline as their drivers will move up two places apiece. Stroll will start from the front row – the youngest driver to do so in history and the first Canadian in 19 years.

With penalties applied, the provisional grid is as follows: Hamilton, Stroll; Ocon, Bottas; Raikkonen, Vettel; Massa, Vandoorne; Perez, Kvyat; Magnussen, Ericsson; Wehrlein, Verstappen; Hulkenberg, Sainz; Ricciardo, Palmer; Alonso, Grosjean.

 

Source; F1

Pos No Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.009 1:34.660 1:35.554 29
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:37.344 1:36.113 1:36.702 29
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:38.304 1:37.313 1:36.841 26
4 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:37.653 1:37.002 1:37.032 27
5 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:38.775 1:37.580 1:37.719 29
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:35.716 1:35.396 1:37.833 29
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:38.235 1:37.031 1:37.987 30
8 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.198 1:36.223 1:38.064 28
9 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:38.338 1:37.456 1:38.251 27
10 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:38.767 1:37.471 1:39.157 25
11 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:38.511 1:37.582 19
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:39.242 1:38.059 20
13 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:39.134 1:38.202 11
14 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:39.183 1:38.245 21
15 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:39.788 1:38.526 21
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:40.489 12
17 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:40.646 10
18 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:41.732 11
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:41.875 9
NC 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:43.355 3

Belagian GP: Lewis Hamilton Takes Poles

Lewis Hamilton takes pole position at the 2017 Belgian GP laying down a 1:42.553 lap. Shattering the track record and tying Micheal Schumacher’s 68 F1 pole position record in his Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel settling in second and Lewis Teammate Valterri settling for 3rd. Kimi Raikkenon in 4th position rounding up the top 4. With Hamilton tying Schumacher’s record Hamilton should definitely beat Schumacher’s record at a later point this season.

 

 

Pos No Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.184 1:42.927 1:42.553 18
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.275 1:43.987 1:42.795 13
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:44.773 1:43.249 1:43.094 19
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:44.729 1:43.700 1:43.270 11
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:44.535 1:43.940 1:43.380 12
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:45.114 1:44.224 1:43.863 12
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:45.280 1:44.988 1:44.982 15
8 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:45.591 1:44.894 1:45.244 14
9 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:45.277 1:45.006 1:45.369 14
10 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:45.447 1:44.685 DNS 10
11 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:45.668 1:45.090 11
12 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:45.728 1:45.133 12
13 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:45.535 1:45.400 12
14 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:45.374 1:45.439 12
15 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:45.441 DNF 11
16 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:45.823 7
17 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:46.028 6
18 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:46.915 5
19 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:47.214 6
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:47.679 6

Belgain GP: Raikkonen leads Ferrari in a 1-2 for FP3

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen lead a Ferrari 1-2 in the  final free pratice session at the Belgain Grand Prix.

Raikkonen was the quickest driver in FP1 and a close second to hamilton in FP2. In this session Raoikkonen set the fastest recorded lap of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit the previous best was Toyota driver Jarno Trulli’s time from 2009. Kimi Raikkenon was ahead of Teammate Sebastian Vettel by 0.197, and ahead of Lewis Hamilton by 0.198. There was rain in the build up to FP3 this had left wet patches around the circuit. No laptimes were put on the board until a quater of the way into the 60 minute Session.

The Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo finished fourth and sixth. They were split by the Mercedes of Valterri Bottas. Bottas lagged behind Hamilton in both ultrasoft and supersoft pace. Palmer having one of hhis best pratices of the season in 7th place. He was more than half a second clear of teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

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Pos No Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:43.916 17
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.113 +0.197s 15
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.114 +0.198s 11
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:45.034 +1.118s 13
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:45.230 +1.314s 18
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:45.286 +1.370s 18
7 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:45.491 +1.575s 11
8 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:45.857 +1.941s 14
9 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:45.942 +2.026s 18
10 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:46.060 +2.144s 12
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:46.064 +2.148s 11
12 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:46.179 +2.263s 14
13 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:46.196 +2.280s 14
14 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:46.300 +2.384s 14
15 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:46.620 +2.704s 18
16 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:46.667 +2.751s 22
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:46.690 +2.774s 13
18 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:47.903 +3.987s 7
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:48.296 +4.380s 17
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:48.300 +4.384s 6

Belgian GP: Hamilton fastest in FP2 before rain hits.

Hamilton running a time of 1:44.753 was the only driver on track to dip below the 1:45’s. This time gave Hamilton a relatively comfortable lead at the head of the times. defeating first practice pace sitter Kimi Raikkonen as the Finn overshadowed his Ferrari Teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Light rain started to fall with 25 minutes remaining in the session in about 5 minutes all the drivers are back in the pits as rain fall got heavier. Daniel Riccardo and Fernando Alonso were the only two to head out again for runs. Both running intermediate tyres. Only driver not to set a time was Felipe Massa, he failed to take part after his Fp1 crash resulted in a chassis change.

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Pos No Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.753 17
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:45.015 +0.262s 21
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:45.180 +0.427s 17
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:45.225 +0.472s 16
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:45.235 +0.482s 20
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:46.072 +1.319s 15
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:46.441 +1.688s 24
8 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:46.473 +1.720s 19
9 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:46.561 +1.808s 19
10 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:46.670 +1.917s 23
11 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:46.743 +1.990s 20
12 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:46.984 +2.231s 18
13 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:47.285 +2.532s 15
14 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:47.303 +2.550s 17
15 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:47.450 +2.697s 12
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:47.556 +2.803s 15
17 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:47.861 +3.108s 13
18 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:49.214 +4.461s 12
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:49.725 +4.972s 18

Belgian GP: Raikkonen fastest in FP1

Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time in the first pratice session for the Belgain Grand Prix. Kimi ran the fastest time of the session which was a 1:45.502. 0.053 of a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton and 0.45 seconds ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel. Both Raikkenon and Vettel ran the Ultrasoft tyres and Hamilton ran the soft tyre. Estaban Ocon of Force India spent the opening half hour of the session. He was the only driver to complete a flying lap because of Felipe Massa crash 15 minutes into the session. Massa ran wide across the gravel at the exit of Malmedy.the Turn 7 right-hander after Les Combes, and crunched the front left of his Williams into the tyre barrier.

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Pos No Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:45.502 13
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:45.555 +0.053s 19
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:45.647 +0.145s 13
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:46.302 +0.800s 18
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:46.352 +0.850s 22
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:46.424 +0.922s 20
7 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:47.446 +1.944s 22
8 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:47.670 +2.168s 27
9 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:47.851 +2.349s 20
10 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:47.865 +2.363s 18
11 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:47.930 +2.428s 14
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:48.037 +2.535s 15
13 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:48.252 +2.750s 18
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:48.452 +2.950s 19
15 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:48.541 +3.039s 24
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:48.615 +3.113s 20
17 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:48.626 +3.124s 20
18 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:50.160 +4.658s 21
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:51.263 +5.761s 13
20 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 3

Raikkonen secures a new deal with Ferrari for 2018

Kimi Raikkonen will be at Ferrari for next season. The team announced this news on Tuesday.

Ferrari have stated that Raikkonen would remain onboard for 2018. This Raikkonen deal can have a big impact getting a new longer deal for Sebastian Vettel his current contract runs until the end of 2017. Raikkonen has had to stints at Ferrari during his career. One which secured him his world championship title in 2007. Also he was a big part of Ferrari winning it’s last constructors championship in 2008. He rejoined the outfit in 2014. Raikkonen has yet to win another for Ferrari. Kimi’s last F1 victory came when he raced for Lotus at the 2013 Australian GP.

Massa Believes f1 criticism is the same as it was in the 2000s

Felipe Massa says that Formula 1 has not got worse in the 16 years since he made his debut, despite widespread criticism of the sport during that period.

The 36-year-old, who had made his debut for Sauber in 2002, believes F1 is always criticized and that that essence of grand prix racing hasn’t changed much since he had joined.

“In the moment that I started, overtaking was very difficult, we didn’t have DRS and everyone was complaining about the same thing,” Massa told Motorsport.com.

“They said ‘ah, we need to overtake’, ‘ah, we cannot follow the cars’, ‘ah, the top teams have more than the other teams’, ‘ah it’s too expensive’… What is different? I don’t really see a big change.

“Maybe in that time, teams spent even more money than they are now but the gap between the best and the worst was huge, like it is now.

“This is F1. Hopefully it will change in the future, but I didn’t see a big change.”

Massa states that the challenge that F1 drivers faced is the same as it was.

“They are different cars but the mentality – the way you are driving, what you put into the car, how you try to get the best out of the car – is no different.”

“It’s just different types of cars, different rules, different tyres, different engines. To be an F1 driver, you need to be the best and you need to take the best out of the car.”

“It was always like that in F1, it hasn’t been anything different from when I started to now. How things work is not so different.”

Massa also believes that the experience gained by drivers of his generation before the introduction of draconian testing restrictions in 2009 – which initially banned all testing during the season – remains valuable.

From 2001, when Massa first tested for Sauber, to the end of 2008, Massa completed 260 official days of testing. In the nine-and-a-half years since, he has had only 66 days. A huge difference in testing days.

“The experience, the respect you have [for the car], I would say you have more and sometimes you see things before they happen,” said Massa.

“[But the younger drivers] have their opportunities and they learn and they do many races and they are still doing a good job.”

“So I may have more experience, but I don’t think it’s so different. A good driver is a good driver”.

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