F1 2018 in the old points system – Part 2

After winning the British GP, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel holds a narrow lead of only 2 points ahead of championship rival Lewis Hamilton. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen’s 3rd place moves the Finnish driver to 3rd in the championship just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Valterri Bottas.

13/07/18

The points system Formula One currently uses has been used since 2010 allows for the top 10 finishers to claim points and as follows: 1st – 25pts, 2nd – 18pts, 3rd – 15pts, 4th – 12pts, 5th – 10pts, 6th – 8pts, 7th – 6pts, 8th – 4pts, 9th – 2pts and 10th – 1pt.

The points system used in Formula One between 2003 to 2009 was as follows: 1st – 10pts, 2nd – 8pts, 3rd – 6pts, 4th – 5pts, 5th – 4pts, 6th – 3pts, 7th – 2pts and 8th – 1pt.

British GP Result

  1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 10pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 8pts
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 6pts
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 5pts
  5. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 4pts
  6. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 3pts
  7. Esteban Ocon, Force India, 2pts
  8. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1pt

Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez who finished in 9th and 10th are not awarded points

Vettel’s consistency puts him on top

The French GP was a disappointment for Sebastian Vettel. The German was on course for a podium finish before the lights went out but lap 1 contact with Valterri Bottas meant that with a time penalty, Vettel finished 5th while Lewis Hamilton would go onto win. Vettel would strike back with a 3rd place finish in Austria just as Mercedes suffered a double-DNF. By winning on Mercedes and Hamilton’s home turf (and at one of Ferrari’s worst tracks of the year) in Britain, the championship lead was his by a margin of 2 points.

Reverting back to 2018, Vettel’s lead was extended by 8 points over Hamilton.

Raikkonen jumps Ricciardo and Bottas

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is still proving why the Scuderia should be keeping him for next year after 3 consecutive podium finishes. 3rd in France, 2nd in Austria and then 3rd in Britain has catapulted the Finn to 3rd on 48 points. Since Monaco, Daniel Ricciardo hasn’t been on the podium but the Australian lies just 4 points off Raikkonen as Valterri Bottas in 5th lies just 5 points off the Finnish driver.

Reverting back to 2018, Raikkonen is in 3rd, 10 points ahead of Ricciardo who is 2 points ahead of Bottas.

Magnussen claims “best of the rest” spot

Haas’s Kevin Magnussen has been able to jump Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso for 7th place in the championship. The Dane has scored 7 points in the last 4 races (6th in France and then 5th in Austria) which has put the Dane on level points with Hulkenberg and one point ahead of Alonso.

Reverting back to 2018, Hulkenberg occupies 7th, 2 points ahead of Alonso who is 1 point ahead of Magnussen.

Drivers Championship

After Britain

Vettel now leads but by only 2 points

Constructors Championship

After Britain

Mercedes 8 point gap after Monaco has turned into a 8 point advantage for Ferrari after Britain

 

 

Vettel wins as Hamilton fights back to 2nd at British GP

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins the British GP ahead of Mercedes Lewis Hamilton who was involved in a first-lap incident with 3rd place driver Kimi Raikkonen.

08/07/18

Grid Formation

1.Hamilton  2.Vettel  3.Raikkonen  4.Bottas  5.Verstappen  6.Ricciardo  7.Magnussen  8.Grosjean  9.Leclerc  10.Ocon  11.Hulkenberg  12.Perez  13.Alonso  14.Gasly  15.Ericsson  16.Sainz  17.Vandoorne

Pit-lane start: Sirotkin, Stroll and Hartley

Race

Can Lewis Hamilton take a 5th consecutive British GP win? History is on his side but he’ll have the Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, his Mercedes team-mate Valterri Bottas and the threat of Red Bull to contend with. Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley will start on the Medium tyre with everyone else starting on the Soft tyre.

The lights go out and Sebastian Vettel leads into turn 1 with Valterri Bottas in 2nd as it’s a poor start for Lewis Hamilton. Behind Kimi Raikkonen goes down the inside of Hamilton into turn 3 and Hamilton is spun around by the Finn. Hamilton drops down to the back of the grid. Vettel leads ahead of Bottas, Max Verstappen as Raikkonen overtakes Daniel Ricciardo into turn 9. Replay shows that Raikkonen locked-up and hit Hamilton, causing the Brit to spin.

Lap 3, Lewis Hamilton seems to be okay with little damage as he close up to the back of Romain Grosjean in 13th place. Lap 4, Sebastian Vettel has extended his lead to over 4 seconds. Sergio Perez spun at the start after locking up and then being tagged by Marcus Ericsson. Lap 5, Hamilton has now made his way in 11th as Vettel’s leads extends to 5 seconds. Lap 6, Hamilton overtakes Kevin Magnussen for 10th place. Vettel leads from Bottas, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz and Hamilton.

Lap 7, the Stewards have given Kimi Raikkonen a 10 second time penalty for causing a collision between himself and Lewis Hamilton. Lap 8, Hamilton overtakes Carlos Sainz for 9th. Lap 9, Hamilton overtakes Esteban Ocon for 8th as the Stewards are looking at an incident between the Haas drivers of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean at the start of the race. Lap 10, Hamilton overtakes Charles Leclerc for 7th down into turn 15. Lap 11, Hamilton overtakes Nico Hulkenberg for 6th down into turn 15. Hamilton now in 6th is now 27 seconds behind Sebastian Vettel who is in the lead.

Lap 14, Kimi Raikkonen pits from 4th. The Finn takes the time penalty before the mechanics get to work on changing his tyres. Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez pits as well. Raikkonen rejoins in 11th and on the Medium compound tyre. Lap 15, Raikkonen overtakes Carlos Sainz for 9th down into turn 6. Alonso and Perez went onto the Medium tyre. Lap 16, Raikkonen overtakes Esteban Ocon for 8th place down into turn 6. Lap 17, Raikkonen now overtakes Charles Leclerc for 7th down into turn 6 and then overtakes Nico Hulkenberg for 6th down into turn 15.

Lap 18, Max Verstappen pits from 3rd. The Dutchman goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 5th. Lap 18, Daniel Ricciardo pits, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 5th just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Charles Leclerc pits, goes onto the Hard tyre, exits the pits and pulls over and retires from the race. Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz pit. Lap 21, Sebastian Vettel pits form the lead, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 2nd ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Raikkonen goes wide at turn 1 and loses time to Ricciardo. Nico Hulkenberg pits and goes onto the Hard compound tyre the same as team-mate Sainz.

Lap 22, Valterri Bottas pits, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 3rd behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Lap 23, Hamilton allows Bottas through into turn 6 as the Brit is yet to stop. Lap 26, Hamilton pits from 3rd. The Brit goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 6th. Everyone in the top 6 have pitted with Vettel leading Bottas, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Hamilton. Lap 27, Romain Grosjean pits and rejoins in 15th on the Medium tyre. Everyone except Lance Stroll have pitted.

Behind the top 6, Nico Hulkenberg is in 7th with Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen rounding out the top 10. After 2 consecutive fastest laps of the race, Lewis Hamilton’s gap to Kimi Raikkonen is down to 6 seconds. Lap 31, Daniel Ricciardo pits from 4th. The Australian goes onto as set of Soft tyres and rejoins in 6th. Lap 33, Marcus Ericsson has crashed. The Swede has crashed at turn 1 with the Sauber driver getting out of the car. The Safety Car has been deployed.

Sebastian Vettel pits from the lead as Valterri Bottas stays out. Vettel goes onto a set of Soft tyres as Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen pit. Raikkonen and Verstappen went onto a set of Soft tyres. Bottas leads ahead of Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen, Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz also pitted with both going onto the Soft tyre. Stoffel Vandoorne pits as well going onto the Soft tyre. Bottas and Hamilton were the only 2 out of the top 6 not to pit. Will this be another strategy mistake from Mercedes?

Lap 38, racing resumes as the Safety Car pulls into the pits. Kimi Raikkonen overtakes Max Verstappen down into turn 6 with Verstappen overtaking Raikkonen round the outside of turn 7. Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz have made contact with both in the barrier after making contact. The Safety Car is called out again. The replay shows that Sainz tried to overtake Grosjean round the outside of turn 9 with Sainz not leaving Grosjean enough room thus making contact.

Lap 42, racing resumes once again as the Safety Car pulls into the pits. It’s another good restart by Valterri Bottas who leads Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso overtakes Kevin Magnussen for 9th as Bottas defends from Vettel down into turn 6. Magnussen re-overtakes Alonso for 9th. Lap 43, Kimi Raikkonen overtakes Max Verstappen round the outside of turn 15 for 4th place. Lap 44, Bottas defends heavily through turns 6,7 and 8. Lap 46, Verstappen has spun at turn 16. Lap 47, down into turn 6, Vettel overtakes Bottas for the lead! Verstappen has got problems as the Dutchman has dropped to 14th place. Verstappen is out as Hamilton overtakes Bottas for 2nd into turn 6.

Sebastian Vettel lead on lap 48 ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Valterri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen with Daniel Ricciardo not far behind in 6th. Lap 49, Raikkonen overtakes Bottas down the inside of turn 6 for 4rd place. Bottas is starting to struggle on his older Medium tyre as Ricciardo closes on the Finn. Onto the 52nd and final lap, Vettel still leads ahead of Hamilton, Raikkonen, Bottas and Ricciardo.

Sebastian Vettel win and takes Ferrari’s first win in Silverstone since 2011. Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen round out the podium as Fernando Alonso overtakes Kevin Magnussen for 8th. Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez are under investigation as the pair made contact when Gasly was trying to overtake in the dying laps of the race. Sauber are also under investigation for the unsafe release for Charles Leclerc.

Gasly was awarded a 5 second time penalty at the end of the race

Race Result

  1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 52 Laps (DHL Fastest Lap Award & 51st Career win)
  2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +2.264s (Fans Driver of the Day)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +3.652s
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +8.883s
  5. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +9.500s
  6. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, +28.220s
  7. Esteban Ocon, Force India, +29.930s
  8. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, +31.115s
  9. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, +33.188s
  10. Sergio Perez, Force India, +34.708s
  11. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, +35.774s
  12. Lance Stroll, Williams, +38.106s
  13. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, +39.129s
  14. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, +48.113s
  15. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, DNF
  • Romain Grosjean, Haas, DNF
  • Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, DNF
  • Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, DNF
  • Charles Leclerc, Sauber, DNF
  • Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, DNF

 

Hamilton on Pole for record 6th time in Silverstone

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton hangs onto Pole Position after beating Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen and team-mate Valterri Bottas to his 50th pole position for Mercedes.

07/07/18

It was always going to be close. It’s been the story of the season so far on how Mercedes and Ferrari compare on single lap pace. Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas ran the Medium tyre in Q1 and ended up 2nd and 3rd with Sebastian Vettel who was on the Soft tyre in 1st. Now on the Soft tyre, Hamilton regained the advantage by going fastest in Q2. By Q3, it was Vettel who piped Hamilton to provisional pole position. By the time the chequered flag fell, Hamilton put in a storming lap to beat Vettel to claim pole position for the 6th time in Silverstone. Bottas finished 4th and was disappointed to be there.

It’s not often that you see a Ferrari driver topping a Friday practice session. Vettel put the cat amongst the pigeons by going quickest in FP2 – but this came at a price. The German had injured his neck and was getting regular massages to help him. This pain did not distract the 4 time world champion as he put his Ferrari on provisional pole position. Piped by Hamilton, Vettel will line up 2nd with now a 1 point lead in the Championship to protect. I was surprised, in a nice way, to see Raikkonen going fastest in the first sector. A mistake at the end of the lap put pay to potential pole position in which the Finn was unhappy about.

It sounds bad to say it but by getting both cars on the 3rd row of the grid is what Red Bull were expecting. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have been evenly matched all weekend but the Dutchman piped his Australian team-mate to 5th and 6th. Ricciardo suffered a DRS issue in which the DRS did not operate in the final part of Q3 costing him a couple of tenths. Will Red Bull be able to fight with Mercedes and Ferrari or will they be looking behind trying to fend off the chasing pack?

If only everything went right in Australia. For the second time in two race weekends, Haas are officially “best of the rest”. Romain Grosjean crashed in FP1 which brought the Frenchman’s morale down after his first points of the year in Austria but he bounced back to make it into the top 10. Kevin Magnussen couldn’t match the pace of the Red Bulls this time but 7th is a very good effort.

On a track were the team expected to struggle, Charles Leclerc proved the team and everyone wrong by getting into Q3 for the 2nd time this season. Both Sauber drivers escaped Q1 but Marcus Ericsson was knocked out in Q2 and 0.6 seconds behind Leclerc as the Monegasque progressed to Q3. Leclerc would qualify 9th, ahead of Ocon’s Force India and 4 tenths behind Grosjean’s Haas.

After a double DNF in Austria, Force India will be pleased to have a car in the top 10 and one not far off it. Esteban Ocon managed to squeeze into Q3 for the 5th time this season while Sergio Perez was knocked out in Q2 ending up in 12th. Points will be on offer but be set for a huge scrap between all the mid-field teams.

Not a day to remember for Renault. They have looked on the ropes all weekend and the big shock was that Carlos Sainz was knocked out of Q1. He blamed traffic on his final lap and ended up 16th. Nico Hulkenberg kept up his record of always out-qualifying a team-mate here but couldn’t get into the top 10 just missing out in 11th.

Despite qualifying in 13th, Fernando Alonso hailed this qualifying session as the best of the year so far. Once again the two time world champion maximised the performance of his McLaren to qualify above the expected position. The characteristics of Silverstone, downforce and power demands, highlight’s McLaren’s overall weaknesses. On the other hand, Stoffel Vandoorne had a dreadful qualifying session and called the car “undriveable” blaming this as part of the reason of the 9 tenth gap between himself and Alonso.

Brendon Hartley suffered a high speed suspension failure in FP3. The New Zealander is okay but the car was too badly damaged to qualify. Toro Rosso bought a few upgrades to this weekend to push them up the pecking order but Pierre Gasly suggested otherwise as the Frenchman qualified in 14th.

What a disaster. Just to add to their misery this year, both Williams cars were knocked out in Q1 at their home race. Lance Stroll spun at Brooklands and ended up beached and out of Qualifying thus bringing out the Red Flag. Then, Sergey Sirotkin would spin off but he was able to get out of the gravel and make it back to the garage. His only lap left him 18th with Stroll not able to set a lap and finishing 19th.

Qualifying Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:25:892
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:25:936
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:25:990
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 1:26:217
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 1:26:602
  6. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull,1:27:099
  7. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, 1:27:244
  8. Romain Grosjean, Haas, 1:27:455
  9. Charles Leclerc, Sauber, 1:27:879
  10. Esteban Ocon, Force India, 1:28:194
  11. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 1:27.901
  12. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:27.928
  13. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:28.139
  14. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, 1:28:343
  15. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:28:391
  16. Carlos Sainz, Renault, 1:28:456
  17. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, 1:29:096
  18. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, 1:29:252
  19. Lance Stroll, Williams, no time set
  20. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, did not take part

What happened in June – F1 News #12

The much loved F1 News round-up is back but with a slight twist. This series will be published either the 1st or 2nd day of each new month with 5 of the biggest and significant F1 news stories of the previous month. 

03/07/18

June 5th – Marquez tests F1 car

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez followed in the footsteps of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to swap two wheels for four as the 6 time champion tested an F1 car. The MotoGP rider got behind the wheel of a Toro Rosso-branded F1 car at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria in a private test in which former F1 driver Mark Webber, Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko and Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda over-saw the Spaniard’s progress.

Marquez visited the Red Bull Headquarters for a seat fitting and gained valuable experience as he spent time in the simulator. Marquez currently leads the MotoGP champion by 27 points.

June 6th – FIA reveal new helmet standards for 2019

The FIA and Formula One revealed a new helmet safety standard that would introduced for the 2019 F1 Season. The FIA has announced the innovative new design after over a decade of research, with the ultra-protective helmet offering a number of vital safety benefits, including advanced ballistic protection and increased energy absorption. What is most notably different is that the the front of the visor has been lowered by 10mm.

June 17th – Alonso triumphs at Le Mans

McLaren F1 driver and double world champion, Fernando Alonso, has edged closer to completing the Triple Crown as he along with Sebastian Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima won the famous race for Toyota.

The trio put the #8 Toyota on Pole ahead of the sister LMP1 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez by a staggering 4 seconds. Alonso ran second for much of the opening stint before the Spaniard delivered a stunning spell overnight to reduce the deficit. Nakajima would overtake Kobayashi to the take the lead and overall win.

The win at Le Mans means that Alonso is now two-thirds into the Triple Crown after already winning the Monaco GP in 2006 and in 2007. Alonso missed the Monaco GP in 2017 to compete in the Indy 500 (the final part of the Triple Crown) in which he retired from.

June 19th – Red Bull agrees two year Honda deal   

The possible link-up between Red Bull and Honda has been on the cards for a while and ahead of the French GP, a deal was reached for Honda to supply Red Bull for the next two years.

Red Bull have grown tired and frustrated with current supplier Renault for a while now, the deal with Honda gives Red Bull a fresh start. Red Bull’s junior team, Toro Rosso, have fielded Honda engines this year after McLaren decided to ditch the unreliable and poor Honda engines after 3 dismal seasons.

Team Principal Christian Horner said “We have been impressed by Honda’s commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, and by the scope of their ambition, which matches our own.”

June 20th –  Spa-Francorchamps extends F1 deal till 2021

Formula One and the organisers of the Belgium GP have extended their deal to keep continuing to host F1 races to 2021.

The first Belgian Grand Prix took place at Spa-Francorchamps in 1950. Back then, the circuit was a scary and dangerous 14km road course. After changes to the track in 1993, now reduced to 7km, the track included some of F1’s most famous corners: Eau Rouge-Raidillon, Pouhon and Blanchimont.

The track is still a driver’s favourite with some of F1’s most memorable moments like the total carnage at the start of the 1998 race, Mika Hakkinen’s legendary overtake on Michael Schumacher in 2000 and the contact between Mercedes team-mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in 2014 happening at the famous circuit.

 

 

 

 

 

Verstappen hangs onto chaotic Austrian GP as both Mercedes drivers retire

Red Bulls Max Verstappen wins his first race of 2018 ahead of the Ferrari’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel as both Mercedes drivers of Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton retire from the race.

01/07/18

Grid Formation

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

Vettel* was demoted 3 places as he impeded Sainz in Q2. Leclerc* was given a 5 place grid penalty for gearbox change. Hartley* serves a 35-place penalty as he takes new engine elements. Alonso* will start from the pit-lane start for changes during parc ferme.

Race

Track temperature has risen significantly since Qualifying yesterday. Will this play a part in the race today and who will it favour most?  Valterri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will start on the Supersoft tyre with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will be starting on the Ultrasoft tyre.

The lights go out and it’s a poor start for Valterri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton takes the lead into turn 1 with Kimi Raikkonen as Bottas drops to 4th. Raikkonen challenges Hamilton into turn 2 with Raikkonen running wide. Bottas bites back and overtakes Verstappen and Raikkonen down into turn 3 with Verstappen overtaking Raikkonen through turns 5 and 6. Stoffel Vandoorne pits after contact made on the first lap. Charles Leclerc runs wide at turn 4 and falls to 19th.

Lap 3, Sebastian Vettel overtakes Romain Grosjean for 6th down into turn 3. Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon. Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin have made good progress for Williams as they sit in 13th and 14th. Lap 7, Hamilton leads Bottas by 2.4 seconds as Ricciardo closes up on Raikkonen. Lots of drivers are telling their teams about debris down at turn 3.

A replay shows that Stoffel Vandoorne made contact with Pierre Gasly at the start, damaging Vandoorne’s front wing. Things got worse for the Belgian as when he pitted, he couldn’t get the car going and losing about 30 seconds. The incident between Gasly and Vandoorne is under investigation.

Lap 12, Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault engine has blown on the main straight. The German pulls over at turn 1 where marshals extinguish the small fire. Hulkenberg lost power just before turn 8 and then coasted to turn 1. Lap 14, Valterri Bottas is slowing. The Finnish driver is out and pulls over at turn 3 where it sounds like the gearbox is out. Lap 15, the VSC is out.

Lap 16, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel pit for Red Bull and Ferrari. Romain Grosjean, Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz have also pitted. The VSC ends with Vettel overtaking Kevin Magnussen for 5th down into turn 3. Lewis Hamilton did not pit and stays in the lead as both Red Bulls and Ferrari’s went onto the Soft tyre. They can go to the end on this set of tyres.

Lap 20, Daniel Ricciardo has overtaken Kimi Raikkonen for 3rd. Raikkonen ran wide at turn 2 with the Aussie overtaking round the outside of turn 3. Lewis Hamilton leads by about 13 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen. The pit-stop loss time is about 22 seconds. Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez didn’t pit either and lie 6th and 7th at the moment. Lap 26, Hamilton pits, goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 4th just ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Verstappen leads by 4 seconds ahead of Ricciardo and Raikkonen with Hamilton in 4th and Vettel in 5th.

Under the VSC, Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso also pitted along with Romain Grosjean, Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz with everyone going onto the Soft tyre. Lap 28, Sergio Perez pits, goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 11th. Lap 29, Kevin Magnussen pits, goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 9th. Lap 34, Kimi Raikkonen reports back to his Ferrari team that Daniel Ricciardo ahead has a blister on his left-rear tyre.

Lap 35, Carlos Sainz pits for Renault after he is overtaken by Sergio Perez for 9th. The Spaniard rejoins in 17th on a set of Supersoft tyre. Lap 37, Kimi Raikkonen is pressurising Daniel Ricciardo for 2nd and Sebastian Vettel closes up on Lewis Hamilton for 4th. Lap 38, Raikkonen challenges Ricciardo down into turn 2 but a poor exit for Ricciardo means that Raikkonen overtakes the Aussie down into turn 3. Lap 39, Ricciardo pits, goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 5th as Vettel overtakes Hamilton down into turn 2.

Lap 40, Max Verstappen still leads ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Esteban Ocon, Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson who hasn’t pitted yet. Hamilton is now complaining of blistering as well. Verstappen’s lead is just over 6 seconds to Raikkonen is 2nd. Lap 50, Ricciardo hasn’t exactly made huge progress into the gap between himself and Hamilton. The gap now coming down to 18 and a half seconds. If Hamilton pitted, he would rejoin behind Ricciardo.

Lap 52, Lewis Hamilton pits from 4th. He goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins behind Daniel Ricciardo in 5th. The Brit was on the team radio saying that his rear tyres were not going to make it to the end. Lap 55, Ricciardo pulls over just past turn 1 as the Birthday boy retires with apparent engine failure. This promotes Hamilton to 4th, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen to 5th and 6th for Haas.

Lap 56, Brendon Hartley seems to be in trouble as well as the Toro Rosso driver slows and stops between turns 1 and 2. The New Zealander is out and retires on lap 58 as Max Verstappen’s lead has been decreased to just over 4 and a half seconds to Kimi Raikkonen in 2nd. Lap 60, Lewis Hamilton is 21 seconds behind Sebastian Vettel in 3rd with Verstappen’s lead now being cut to just 4 seconds. Lap 61, Sergio Perez overtakes Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon for 7th down into turn 2.

Lap 63, Lewis Hamilton reports back to his Mercedes team that he is losing power. The Brit is out and pulls over just after turn 2. Both Mercedes are out and Hamilton’s points scoring streak of 33 races is over. Lap 66, Fernando Alonso overtakes Pierre Gasly for 8th place. Max Verstappen’s lead is just over 3 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Gasly is struggling as Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson overtake the Toro Rosso driver.

Lap 69, Max Verstappen’s lead is down to 2.7 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen with Sebastian Vettel 1.5 seconds behind his Ferrari team-mate. Onto the final lap, Verstappen gap is under 2 seconds but the Dutchman comes round the final corner to win the Austrian GP for Red Bull! Raikkonen and Vettel round-out the podium with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finish 4th and 5th.

Haas score points on their 50th GP start and Force India score points on their 200th GP start.

Race Result

  1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 71 Laps (4th career win & Fans Driver of the Day)
  2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +1.504s (DHL Fastest Lap Award)
  3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +3.181s (Retakes championship lead)
  4. Romain Grosjean, Haas, + 1 Lap
  5. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, + 1 Lap
  6. Esteban Ocon, Force India, + 1 Lap
  7. Sergio Perez, Force India, + 1 Lap
  8. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  9. Charles Leclerc, Sauber, + 1 Lap
  10. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, + 1 Lap
  11. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  12. Carlos Sainz, Renault, + 1 Lap
  13. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, + 2 Laps
  14. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 2 Laps
  15. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, DNF

Stroll was given a 10 second time penalty added to his Austrian Grand Prix race time and received three penalty points for failing to obey blue flags. The penalty meant that the Canadian swapped places with Williams team-mate Sergey Sirotkin.

  • Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, DNF
  • Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, DNF
  • Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, DNF
  • Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, DNF
  • Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, DNF

 

Bottas beats Hamilton to Pole as Grosjean stars in Austria

Mercedes Valterri Bottas takes his first pole position of the season ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel as Haas’s Romain Grosjean splits the Red Bull drivers to qualify in 6th.

30/06/18

It was always going to be close between the Mercedes drivers but before Qualifying, it looked like that Pole was going to go to Lewis Hamilton. But when the time came, Valterri Bottas set two amazing laps in Q3 to secure his first Pole Position of 2018. Both Hamilton and Bottas set their Q2 lap times on the Supersoft tyre which means that they will start on the Supersoft tyre.

To be over 3 tenths and 5 tenths behind the lead Mercedes driver on such a short circuit will play on Ferrari’s mind. To add insult to injury, Sebastian Vettel, who qualified in 3rd and now 14 points behind Hamilton in the championship, will start from 6th after impeding Carlos Sainz Jr in Q2. Unlike Mercedes, both Ferrari’s of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start on the Ultrasoft tyre.

Red Bull have never really gone well at what is their home race. Engine power and aerodynamics are vital round here in something Red Bull lack in. Red Bull, for the past 7 years, have come up with a system which includes one of their drivers going out on track first meaning that the driver behind has a tow. This system seemed to go out the window as both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen squabbled on track. Both were surprised to see the Haas of Grosjean split them. Both will start on the Supersoft tyre.

Wow. What a performance by Romain Grosjean to qualify his Haas in 6th place and therefore splitting the Red Bull drivers. Grosjean, who is yet to score a single point this season, was very happy to out-qualify team-mate Kevin Magnussen and to have a consistent session. The aim is to get both drivers in the points tomorrow.

It was also a good session for Carlos Sainz Jr as he out-qualified Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg in 9th and 10th. Both seem to be happy with their performance but along with many were surprised to see the pace of both Haas drivers ahead of them.

Esteban Ocon did an amazing job to qualify in 11th and to beat team-mate Sergio Perez who was knocked out in Q1. Ahead of Force India’s 200th GP start, points may be a tough as for the Mexican.

Pierre Gasly did all he could and was in contention to creep into the top 10 but by starting in 12th, he’ll have a free choice of what tyre he can start on. Toro Rosso team-mate Brendon Hartley had a much tougher time and ended up 19th. Hartley was running the old spec front wing as his broke in practice while Gasly was running the new spec one.

It was another fine performance by Charles Leclerc to get through to Q2 for the 6th time this season. He will incur a 5 place grid penalty after coming to a halt at the end of FP3 due to a gearbox issue. Leclerc ran wide in the dying seconds in Q1 which brought out the yellow flags and disrupted laps for others. Marcus Ericsson struggled and ended up half a second behind Leclerc in 20th.

Stoffel Vandoorne had been looking good all session but failed to make it through to Q2. The Belgian was on a hot lap when Leclerc ran wide and prevented the McLaren driver from improving. This is the 14th time Vandoorne has been out-qualified by Fernando Alonso since 2017. Alonso on the other hand had been struggling all weekend but managed to progress to Q2 and ended up 14th after running wide and breaking a small part of his front wing on his final run.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Williams this weekend as Lance Stroll wrestled his car to Q2 and eventually qualifying in 15th while team-mate Sergey Sirotkin was caught out by Leclerc running wide causing yellow flags which prevented the Russian from improving.

Qualifying Result

  1. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 1:03:130
  2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:03:149
  3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:03:464
  4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:03:660
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 1:03:840
  6. Romain Grosjean, Haas, 1:03:892
  7. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:03:996
  8. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, 1:04:051
  9. Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, 1:04:725
  10. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 1:05:019
  11. Esteban Ocon, Force India, 1:04:845
  12. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, 1:04:874
  13. Charles Leclerc, Sauber, 1:04:979
  14. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:05:058
  15. Lance Stroll, Williams, 1:05:286
  16. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, 1:05:271
  17. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:05:279
  18. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, 1:05:322
  19. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, 1:05:336
  20. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:05:479

 

Austrian GP: Friday & Saturday Practice Round-up

Heading in Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas look to be in the fight for Pole Position. A clean lap with no interruptions will be key to setting a quick and competitive lap.

30/06/18

FP1 Round-up

The new Mercedes upgrade seemed to be working well as Lewis Hamilton headed team-mate Valterri Bottas with Red Bull and Ferrari not far behind. The new Mercedes upgrade was focused around it’s chassis with both drivers enjoying the feel of it. Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top 5 as Haas’s Romain Grosjean enjoying being “best of the rest” in 7th. The ever-impressive Sauber’s Charles Leclerc was a fine 9th with team-mate Marcus Ericsson nearly 2 tenths behind in 12th. Meanwhile, Williams gave Robert Kubica his 2nd outing of 2018 as he occupied Sergey Sirotkin’s seat with the Polish driver finishing in 20th.

FP2 Round-up

Once again, Lewis Hamilton headed team-mate Valterri Bottas in the very competitive session as the top 8 was covered by a second. Behind the Mercedes duo, Sebastian Vettel led the charge ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen. Haas continued their fine form with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in 7th and 8th. Renault, who brought engine upgrades, finished in 11th and 15th with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finishing in 19th while team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was an impressive 10th. Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly broke his suspension and ended up beached in the gravel after going over the Red Bull Ring’s unforgiving kerbs.

FP3 Round-up

For the first time in 2018, Sebastian Vettel topped a practice session ahead of both Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas. Kimi Raikkonen was 4 tenths behind his Ferrari team-mate in 4th ahead of the Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. It wasn’t plane sailing for Verstappen though as the Dutchman pulled over due to a apparent hydraulic issue. There were also problems for Sauber’s Charles Leclerc who also pulled over in the dying seconds of the session due to a apparent gearbox issue. Both Renault’s of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg were 9th and 11th with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly in 12th.