F1 2019 in the old points system – Part 1

There’s only been two occasions where Lewis Hamilton has not been on the top step of the podium and that has resulted into a 10 point lead over Mercedes team-mate Valterri Bottas while a double points finish for Renault lifts them to 5th. 

10/06/19

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.

Canadian GP Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 10pts
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 8pts
  3. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 6pts
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 5pts
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 4pts
  6. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, 3pts
  7. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 2pts
  8. Pierre Gasly, Red Bull, 1pt

Lance Stroll and Daniil Kvyat who finished in 9th and 10th are not awarded points

Hamilton over a win clear at the top

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton moves further ahead of his team-mate, Valterri Bottas, at the top of the championship with a lead of 11 points. 5 victories and in those two races in which he didn’t win, he finished right behind Bottas to minimise the points difference. With a maximum of 70 points up for grabs so far this season, the 5 Time World Champion took a tally of 66 points. Impressive stuff!

Ricciardo moves into the top 10

By finishing in 6th, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, added 3 points to his 2 points scored at the Chinese GP to move into the top 10. McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr leads the mid-field pack on 6 points in 7th with Haas’s Kevin Magnussen and Ricciardo on 5 points each. McLaren’s Lando Norris completes the top 10 with 4 points although the Brit is level on points with Racing Point of Sergio Perez and the other Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.

Mercedes extend their advantage at the top

In this points system, 50 points is a huge lead. That’s the points lead Mercedes have over Ferrari. Five consecutive 1-2 finishes out of seven races along with 16 points in Monaco and 15 in Canada has resulted in Mercedes in the German team taking 121 points. 2nd place Ferrari, on 71 points, are 23 points ahead of Red Bull. McLaren in 4th on 10 points are one ahead of Renault in 5th. Williams are the only team left to score points in 10th.

Drivers Championship

Drivers Championship after Canada

Constructors Championship

Teams Championship after Canada

F1 2019: Hamilton wins a controversial Canadian GP after Vettel penalised

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton wins a controversial Canadian GP after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is penalised after a mistake by the German. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finishes 3rd as Renault celebrate a double-points finish.

09/06/19

Starting Grid

1.Vettel  2.Hamilton  3.Leclerc  4.Ricciardo  5.Gasly  6.Bottas  7.Hulkenberg  8.Norris  9.Verstappen  10.Kvyat  11.Sainz Jr*  12.Giovinazzi  13.Albon  14.Grosjean  15.Perez  16.Raikkonen  17.Stroll  18.Russell  19.Kubica

Sainz Jr* was handed a 3-place grid penalty after impeding Albon during Q1.

Magnussen* will start from the pit-lane.

Tyre Choice

Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly, Nico Hulkenberg, Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr will start on the Soft compound tyre with Max Verstappen, Lance Stroll, Kevin Magnussen and Antonio Giovinazzi starting on the Hard compound tyre. Everyone else will start on the Medium tyre.

Race

Finally, it’s come good for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. His first pole of the season at a track where he excels in. A crash for Kevin Magnussen at the end of Q2 hampered many drivers lap times including Max Verstappen as the Dutchman was knocked out of Q2 in 11th. A spin for Valterri Bottas in Q3 offset his balance while team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Vettel battled for Pole Position with the German taking his first pole in 17 races.

The lights go out and its a great start by Sebastian Vettel to maintain the lead ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc pressurises Hamilton but the Brit keeps 2nd. Daniel Ricciardo is in 4th ahead of Pierre Gasly and the fast-starting Nico Hulkenberg who has jumped Valterri Bottas. Lando Norris overtakes the struggling Max Verstappen for 8th place into turn 13. Alexander Albon has lost his front wing after being squeezed between Sergio Perez and Antonio Giovinazzi. The Toro Rosso driver pits at the end of lap 1 for repairs.

Lap 3, Sebastian Vettel leads by 1.8 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Carlos Sainz Jr pits at the end of lap 3 and goes onto the Hard compound tyre. It’s been a good start by home-favourite Lance Stroll who is in 13th after starting 17th. Lap 6, Max Verstappen overtakes Lando Norris for 8th place before turn 13. Pierre Gasly pits at the end of lap 7, he goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins in 13th. Daniel Ricciardo pits at the end of lap 8, goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins 11th. Lando Norris had major damage to his right-rear tyre and suspension. Has he hit the famous “Wall of Champions”?

Norris has parked his McLaren in the pit-lane exit. A replay shows that a rear-brake failure melted his suspension forcing the McLaren to retire spectacular fashion. Lap 13, Sebastian Vettel still leads by 2.5 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc. After making his early pit-stop, Carlos Sainz Jr is now 12th. Daniil Kvyat has also pitted and rejoined in 14th with Sergio Perez all pitting and rejoining in 15th. At the end of lap 16, Nico Hulkenberg pits, goes onto the Hard and rejoins in 7th ahead of Pierre Gasly.

Lap 24, Valterri Bottas is complaining about the rear of his Mercedes. Nico Hulkenberg is also reporting of strange and worrying noises from his Renault engine. The top 3 are closing in on each other with Ferrari telling Sebastian Vettel to “push now”. Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by 1.7 seconds with Charles Leclerc pushing hard to catch the pair. Lap 26, Vettel pits from the lead. He goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins in 3rd. Mercedes tell Hamilton to push hard by saying “It’s Hammer Time”. Mercedes decide not to pit Hamilton so the Brit pushes on.

Lap 28, Lewis Hamilton pits. He goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins in 3rd just ahead of team-mate Valterri Bottas who hasn’t pitted yet. Lap 30, Antonio Giovinazzi spins at the exit of turn 1 but is able to rejoin the race. Lap 31, Bottas pits from 4th, goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins in 6th – splitting the Renault pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg. Lap 32, Sergio Perez overtakes Romain Grosjean for 13th place into turn 1.

Lap 33, Charles Leclerc pits from the lead of the race. He goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins just behind Max Verstappen in 4th. Lap 35, Daniel Ricciardo defends his 5th place against Valterri Bottas as Leclerc overtakes Verstappen for 3rd place into turn 13. Lap 38, Sebastian Vettel leads by 1.8 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton. So, Vettel leads Hamilton, Leclerc, Verstappen, Ricciardo and Bottas. Nico Hulkenberg is in 7th ahead of Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Lap 39, Valterri Bottas finally overtakes Daniel Ricciardo for 5th into turn 13. Lap 40, Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by 8 tenths of a second. Vettel’s able to breathe a little bit more as Hamilton locks-up into turn 10 as the gap is up to 1.2 seconds. Lap 42, Vettel sets the fastest lap of a 1:15:208 to keep the gap at 1.3 seconds. In the top 10, Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll are yet to make their pit-stop. Lap 46, Stroll finally pits, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 10th.

The leaders, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, are nip and tuck with 9 tenths separating the pair. Vettel makes a mistake into turn 3. The rear of the Ferrari slides with Vettel catching it but has to take to the grass but rejoins ahead of Hamilton. Hamilton tells his Mercedes team that Vettel rejoining the track was “dangerous”.

Lap 49, Max Verstappen pits. He rejoins in 7th on the Medium tyre. 20 laps to go, everyone has pitted and the leaders are very close together – what will happen. The stewards are investigating the incident between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Lap 52, Verstappen overtakes Nico Hulkenberg for 6th place before turn 13. Lap 53, Verstappen is now able to overtake Daniel Ricciardo for 5th place before turn 13.

Lap 58, Sebastian Vettel has been handed a 5 second time penalty for leaving the track and forcing another driver off the track. The mission for Vettel now is to build a 5 second lead ahead of Lewis Hamilton to win the race. Vettel, over team radio, is discussing the harsh penalty. Ferrari tell the German to “keep focus”. 8 laps to go and if Vettel can’t build a gap, then the race is basically over.

Lap 63, Alexander Albon retires from the race. He pulls into the pits and his Toro Rosso mechanics push his car into the garage to become the second retirement. Sebastian Vettel can’t build a gap and now team-mate Charles Leclerc is catching the pair and will take 2nd is he keeps going at this pace. Lap 67, Lance Stroll overtakes Carlos Sainz Jr for 9th into turn 13 with Daniil Kvyat overtaking Sainz for 10th into turn 1 on lap 68.

Valterri Bottas pits for a new set of tyres. He’s going for the fastest lap and the bonus point for it. Lap 70, Sebastian Vettel crosses the line but the win is not his, Lewis Hamilton wins the Canadian GP. Bottas takes the bonus point for the fastest lap award.

Amazing scenes! Sebastian Vettel does not park in where he is supposed to with the other podium finishers. He parks with the other finishes of the race and jumps out of the car and heads to the paddock and the Ferrari hospitality. One suspects he is off to see the stewards however, by rule, the penalty cannot be disputed after the race. It looks like Ferrari have persuaded Vettel to go onto the podium. The team and the crowd are behind him. He moves the finishing stands from 1st to Mercedes to the 2nd place board. In the cool-down room, the atmosphere is tense. Wow!

Race Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 70 Laps
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +3.658s
  3. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +4.696s
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +51.043s
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing Honda, +57.655s
  6. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, + 1 Lap
  7. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, + 1 Lap
  8. Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing Honda, + 1 Lap
  9. Lance Stroll, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, + 1 Lap
  10. Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, + 1 Lap
  11. Carlos Sainz Jr, McLaren Renault, + 1 Lap
  12. Sergio Perez, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, + 1 Lap
  13. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, + 1 Lap
  14. Romain Grosjean, Haas Ferrari, + 1 Lap
  15. Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, + 1 Lap
  16. George Russell, Williams Mercedes, + 2 Laps
  17. Kevin Magnussen, Haas Ferrari, + 2 Laps
  18. Robert Kubica, Williams Mercedes, + 3 Laps
  • Alexander Albon, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, DNF
  • Lando Norris, McLaren Renault, DNF

 

 

F1 2019: Monaco Post-Race Analysis

Yes it would Lewis. The 5 Time World Champion dedicated his hard-fought Monaco victory to late friend and F1 legend, Niki Lauda, who passed away the Tuesday before the race. Fighting in the spirit of Lauda, Hamilton defended superbly in order to claim his 3rd win round the circuit and to extend his championship lead.

30/05/19

Crucial point of the race?

Unlike most of the races so far this year, Monaco, arguably, had two crucial points throughout the race. The first was the round of pit-stops which involved Max Verstappen making contact with Valterri Bottas and the second was the race-long defence by Lewis Hamilton.

The Safety Car and the round of pit-stops changed the race. When the Safety Car was called, Hamilton and Bottas were in 1st and 2nd and running close together. In order for Mercedes to pit both drivers and have time between them, Bottas allowed enough time for Hamilton to come in and change tyres. When he pitted, he had Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel pitting at the same time. Monaco has one of the smallest and compact pit-lanes on the F1 calendar and when Red Bull released Verstappen into the path of Bottas, contact was made. The stewards rewarded Verstappen a 5 second time penalty, maybe a bit too lenient, but that in the end cost the Dutchman a 2nd place finish.

Unlike the rest, Mercedes decided to put Hamilton on the Medium tyre rather than the more durable Hard tyre. Verstappen, Vettel and Bottas were now on the Hard tyre and would be more comfortable on this tyre towards the end of the race. Hamilton, however, battled on and despite many radio rants to Mercedes, the reigning champion played to the strengths of the W10 and his driving expertise to extend his championship lead by 17 points.

Frustrations, still at Ferrari

If you told me that 6 races into the F1 2019 Season that Ferrari were still making mistakes, I’d be in two minds about how factual that statement is. The oldest, most successful and most influential team in the paddock are still making rookie errors, clearly something is going wrong at Maranello.

It all started on Saturday in Qualifying. Charles Leclerc had set his best lap time but due to track evolution and other drivers improving, the home-favourite was slipping down the order and in danger of missing out on the rest of Qualifying. Despite Leclerc asking to go back out on track, Ferrari thought he would be safe to progress to Q2. He wasn’t. In fact, it was his team-mate, Vettel, who knocked Leclerc into the drop-zone and out of Qualifying. Monaco is notorious for limited overtaking opportunities and although Leclerc pulled off some amazing moves, most notably his stunning overtake on Romain Grosjean into Rascasse, his race was severely hampered by Saturday’s events.

Vettel’s 2nd place, the highest finish for a Ferrari driver so far this season, was nothing to celebrate. The 4 Time World Champion, despite being “buoyed” by the podium, clearly highlighted the issues that Ferrari still face. The main problem has been getting the tyres into the right operating window. The German reckons that if the Scuderia solve this main issue, they’ll be right in the fight with Mercedes. Can Ferrari get on-top of their tyres issues before the championship is well-out of reach?

Strategy is just a roll of the dice isn’t it?

In Monaco and in racing in general, you have to gamble. Sometimes, gambling is great and the rewards can be massive but get it wrong, you can only think back and wonder. In this instance, Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen got it wrong. The pair were closely matched on track with Ricciardo in 5th and Magnussen in 6th. So when the Safety Car was called out for debris left by Leclerc’s puncture, they thought this was the perfect time to make their only pit-stop. As it turned out it, the pair were stuck in traffic right after their pit-stops which lost them huge amounts of time and instead of potentially finishing 5th and 6th, they finished 9th and 14th.

Gamble correctly and you can not only receive the rewards but you can feel the satisfaction by making the right choice. By not pitting under the Safety Car, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz Jr, Daniil Kvyat, Alexander Albon and Romain Grosjean all benefited by making their Pirelli tyres last longer. Grosjean went a staggering 49 laps before making his only pit-stop. These drivers pace, having not pitted compared to Ricciardo’s and Magnussen’s, was much quicker in that they effectively jumped them to the lofty from 5th to 10th.

Drivers Championship

1.Lewis Hamilton 137pts  2.Valterri Bottas 120pts  3.Sebastian Vettel 82pts  4.Max Verstappen 78pts  5.Charles Leclerc 57pts  6.Pierre Gasly 32pts  7.Carlos Sainz Jr 18pts  8.Kevin Magnussen 14pts  9.Sergio Perez 13pts  10.Kimi Raikkonen 13pts

Constructors Championship

1.Mercedes 257pts  2.Ferrari 139pts  3.Red Bull Racing Honda 110pts  4.McLaren Renault 30pts  5.Racing Point BTW Mercedes 17pts  6.Haas Ferrari 16pts  7.Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 16pts  8.Renault 14pts  9.Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 13pts  10.Williams Mercedes 0pts

Round 7 of the F1 2019 Season takes place on the 9th of June in Montreal for the Canadian GP

F1 2019: Hamilton fends off Verstappen to win in Monaco

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton fends off Red Bulls Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to win the Monaco GP. Due to a time penalty for the Dutchman, Verstappen was classified 4th which promoted Valterri Bottas to 3rd.

26/05/19

Starting Grid

1.Hamilton  2.Bottas  3.Verstappen  4.Vettel  5.Magnussen  6.Ricciardo  7.Kvyat  8.Gasly*  9.Sainz Jr  10.Albon  11.Hulkenberg  12.Norris  13.Grosjean  14.Raikkonen  15.Leclerc  16.Perez  17.Stroll  18.Giovinazzi*  19.Russell  20.Kubica

Gasly* and Giovinazzi* both received 3 place grid penalties after yesterday’s Qualifying session for impeding Grosjean and Hulkenberg.

Tyre Choice

Nico Hulkenberg, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, George Russell and Robert Kubica will start on the Medium tyre. The rest of the drivers will start on the Soft tyre.

Race

It’s the jewel in the F1 calendar, it’s the Monaco GP and there is a 90% chance of rain. Where can Charles Leclerc finish after his Q1 shock exit? Can Lewis Hamilton fend off Valterri Bottas for the win? Can anyone stop Mercedes today?

The lights go out and it’s a good start by Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas who defends from Max Verstappen. Sebastian Vettel holds onto 4th as Daniel Ricciardo jumps Kevin Magnussen for 5th. Kimi Raikkonen has dropped to 17th after starting 14th as Charles Leclerc overtakes Lando Norris for 13th down the inside of Lowe’s hairpin.

Daniil Kvyat is down to 9th with Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz Jr up to 7th and 8th at the expense of the Russian’s poor start. Onto lap 4, Lewis Hamilton leads by 1.2 seconds ahead of Valterri Bottas. Daniel Ricciardo in 5th is falling back behind Sebastian Vettel and is now 8 seconds behind the Ferrari driver. Lap 7, the race order is being split in two, the top 4 consisting of Hamilton, Bottas, Max Verstappen and Vettel are pulling away with Ricciardo in 5th holding the rest of the pack back. Charles Leclerc overtakes Romain Grosjean into La Rascasse – a brilliant move by the Ferrari driver.

Onto lap 8, Charles Leclerc tries to overtake Nico Hulkenberg into La Rascasse. The move is unsuccessful and Leclerc half spins. He’s suffered a right-rear puncture and falls down the order. He pits at the end of the lap as well as Nico Hulkenberg. There is some much debris on the track due to Leclerc’s puncture, the Safety Car is deployed. Onto lap 11, Lewis Hamilton, Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel pit. Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen pit as well and drop to 13th and 14th.

As Mercedes had two drivers close together, Valterri Bottas had to go a lot slower so Lewis Hamilton can change his tyres and get out before he could come in. Red Bull release Max Verstappen into the path of Bottas and there’s contact. Bottas pits on the next lap due to a suspected puncture and he drops to 4th. Hamilton leads behind the Safety Car ahead of Verstappen, Vettel and Bottas. The Safety Car ends on lap 14 and racing resumes on lap 15. Hamilton has gone onto the Medium tyre while Verstappen, Vettel and Bottas are all on the Hard tyre.

Lap 15, Antonio Giovinazzi tries to overtake Robert Kubica into La Rascasse but it’s unsuccessful and the Williams driver spins. It’s a queue of cars as the drivers back up and try to get moving again. Charles Leclerc is caught up as well as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Leclerc pits at the end of lap 17 onto the Soft tyre and on lap 18, he retires from the race.

Lap 23, the Stewards have awarded Max Verstappen with a 5 second time penalty for the incident with Valterri Bottas in the pit-lane. Is the penalty too lenient? The Stewards are also investigating the incident between Robert Kubica and Antonio Giovinazzi. Lap 26, the Stewards award Giovinazzi with a 10 second time penalty for the incident with Kubica. The teams are reporting light drops of rain in the next few minutes. Lewis Hamilton could struggle towards the end of the race with his tyres as they wear out more than the Hard tyre that Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Bottas.

Lap 28, Pierre Gasly pits, goes onto the Medium tyre and re-joins in 9th. Lap 31, Carlos Sainz Jr pits, goes onto the Medium and re-joins in 9th behind Gasly. Lap 33, Daniil Kvyat pits, goes onto the Medium tyre and re-joins behind Sainz in 9th. Lap 34, Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Valterri Bottas while Alexander Albon and Romain Grosjean in 5th and 6th have to pit for the first time. There’s contact between Lance Stroll and Kimi Raikkonen. Stroll locks-up out into Lowe’s hairpin and that allows Raikkonen to try round the outside – contact is made with Stroll pitting at the end of the lap for new tyres and drops to 18th. Lap 41, Albon pits, goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 9th.

Lap 48, Kimi Raikkonen finally pits and releases the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. Lance Stroll has been given a 5 second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. Lando Norris also pits and re-joins in 11th between Ricciardo and Magnussen while Raikkonen drops to 17th after his pit-stop. Lap 51, Romain Grosjean pits, goes onto the Soft tyre and re-joins in 9th.

Lap 52, Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, Valterri Bottas, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz Jr, Daniil Kvyat, Alexander Albon, Romain Grosjean and Daniel Ricciardo. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is the only retirement so far in this race. Lap 56, the leaders are lapping drivers now, next up will be 13th place Sergio Perez as race-leader, Hamilton is still complaining about his graining Medium tyres.

Lap 60, Lewis Hamilton is telling Mercedes to pray for a “miracle” to see if his tyres will last to the end of the race. Mercedes either leave Hamilton till the end of the race on these set of tyres or they pit him and the 5 time world champion will drop to 5th. Max Verstappen still have his 5 second time penalty. Lap 63, Pierre Gasly pits from 5th, goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 5th to try and achieve the fastest lap bonus point.

Lap 70, Red Bull and Mercedes allow their drivers, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, to use higher and more powerful engine modes so that they can attack and defend in these final few laps. The top 4 are closing in on each other with just 6 laps to go. Romain Grosjean has been given a 5 second time penalty for crossing the pit-lane exit – this won’t hamper the Haas driver as he is 13 seconds ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in 9th.

Lap 76, Max Verstappen tries to overtake Lewis Hamilton into turn 10. There’s small contact between the both with Hamilton jumping the chicane. The order stays the same with one lap to go. Lap 78, Lewis Hamilton wins the Monaco GP ahead of Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel. Despite finishing in 2nd, Verstappen with finish in 4th after his 5 second time penalty is applied.

Race Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 78 Laps
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +2.602s
  3. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +3.162s
  4. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing Honda, +5.537s
  5. Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing Honda, +9.946s
  6. Carlos Sainz Jr, McLaren Renault, +53.454s
  7. Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, +54.574s
  8. Alexander Albon, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, +55.200s
  9. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, +60.894s
  10. Romain Grosjean, Haas Ferrari, +61.034s
  11. Lando Norris, McLaren Renault, +66.801s
  12. Kevin Magnussen, Haas Ferrari, + 1 Lap
  13. Sergio Perez, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, + 1 Lap
  14. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, + 1 Lap
  15. George Russell, Williams Mercedes, + 1 Lap
  16. Lance Stroll, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, + 1 Lap
  17. Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, + 1 Lap
  18. Robert Kubica, Williams Mercedes, + 1 Lap
  19. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, + 2 Laps
  • Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, DNF

 

F1 2019: Hamilton re-takes Championship lead after dominant win in Spain

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton beats team-mate Valterri Bottas to win the Spanish GP in where the race was really decided at the start of the race. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finishes in 3rd as home-favourite, McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr finishes in the points.

12/05/19

Starting Grid

1.Bottas  2.Hamilton  3.Vettel  4.Verstappen  5.Leclerc  6.Gasly  7.Grosjean  8.Magnussen  9.Kvyat  10.Norris  11.Albon  12.Sainz Jr  13.Ricciardo*  14.Raikkonen  15.Perez  16.Stroll  17.Kubica  18.Giovinazzi* 19.Russell 

Ricciardo* takes his 3 place grid penalty for reversing into Kvyat at the Azerbaijan GP.

Hulkenberg will start from the pit-lane.

Tyre Choice

Kimi Raikkonen, Lance Stroll, Nico Hulkenberg, George Russell and Robert Kubica will start on the Medium tyre while everyone else will start on the Soft tyre.

Race

The lights go green and its a good start by Lewis Hamilton, Valterri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel. The three drivers go side-by-side at turn 1 with Hamilton on the inside, Bottas in the middle and Vettel on the outside. Vettel locks-up while Hamilton’s late braking gives him the inside line and the lead of the race. Bottas holds onto 2nd while Vettel runs wide with Charles Leclerc having to back off. Max Verstappen is able to overtake Leclerc and then Vettel into turn 3. Leclerc and Pierre Gasly bump wheels but no other contact is made.

Onto lap 2, Lewis Hamilton leads by 1.2 ahead of Valterri Bottas with Max Verstappen in 3rd, Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly rounding out the top 6. It’s been a poor start by Lando Norris, who ran wide at turn 3, is down to 16th after starting 10th. Kimi Raikkonen ran wide at turn 4 and is now 20th after starting 14th. Onto lap 3, Hamilton’s lead has increased to 1.6 seconds ahead of Bottas. Romain Grosjean is in 7th ahead of Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon round out the top 10.

Onto lap 6, Lando Norris is up to 15th after overtaking Antonio Giovinazzi. Lewis Hamilton’s leads has increased to 2.3 seconds ahead of Valterri Bottas. The top 6, which consists of the two Mercedes, two Ferrari’s and the two Red Bull’s, are now covered by 10 seconds. Lap 7,Giovinazzi makes his first pit-stop of the day with the Italian swapping the Soft tyre for the Hard tyre.

Lap 8, Charles Leclerc looks to be the quicker of the Ferrari drivers and is now right behind Sebastian Vettel who is still suffering from a flat-spot on his tyre sustained when he locked-up at turn 1 on lap 1. Lap 9, Lewis Hamilton’s lead has increased to 2.8 seconds ahead of Valterri Bottas. Lap 10, Leclerc is close enough to have a look at an overtake on Vettel at turn 1. It puts the pressure on Vettel but will they swap positions?

Lap 11, the Ferrari’s have lost touch with the Mercedes in 1st and 2nd and now lost touch with Max Verstappen in 3rd. Sebastian Vettel now 10 seconds off the lead and 4 seconds behind the Red Bull driver. Onto lap 12, Vettel allows Charles Leclerc through into 4th on the pit-straight in an act to see if he can try and catch Verstappen. Vettel is asking for an alternative strategy as this set of tyres are now providing him with the grip that he needs. Lap 13, Lewis Hamilton’s lead is now 3.4 seconds ahead of Valterri Bottas. Lap 14, there is a good scrap for 11th place between McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo with Sainz defending at position.

Lap 17, Lewis Hamilton now leads Valterri Bottas by 4 seconds. Max Verstappen in 3rd is 11 seconds behind the lead, Charles Leclerc 16 seconds behind and Sebastian Vettel 21 seconds behind the lead Mercedes. Onto lap 19, Hamilton is now starting to lap the likes of Antonio Giovinazzi, Robert Kubica and George Russell. Lap 20, Vettel finally pits. The German goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 9th ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr.

Lap 21, Max Verstappen pits from 3rd. He goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 5th. By going onto the Soft tyre, it confirms that the Red Bull is on a two-stop strategy. Lewis Hamilton’s lead is now up to 7.3 seconds ahead of Valterri Bottas. 8th place Daniil Kvyat pits, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 17th. Lap 23, Pierre Gasly pits from 4th. He goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 9th as Lance Stroll pits and rejoins in 17th. 6th place Kevin Magnussen pits, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 14th. Daniil Kvyat overtakes Kimi Raikkonen round the outside of turn 4 for 15th place.

Lap 26, Charles Leclerc pits from 3rd. He goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins in 5th ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Lap 27, Valterri Bottas pits from 2nd, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 2nd ahead of Max Verstappen. Romain Grosjean also pits from 6th and rejoins in 7th. Lap 28, Lewis Hamilton pits from the lead, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 1st.

Lap 30, Lewis Hamilton leads Valterri Bottas by 8 seconds with Max Verstappen in 3rd ahead of Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly. After their pit-stops, Carlos Sainz Jr is still ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in 12th and 13th. Nico Hulkenberg in 8th has yet to pit and is just ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat. Leclerc and Vettel are now covered by just a second with Vettel, who has to pit again later in the race, asking to be let by.

Of the top 5, Max Verstappen, on the Soft tyre, will have to pit again later in the race. Sebastian Vettel might need to pit again as well. Nico Hulkenberg has been overtaken by Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat and is now down to 10th. There seems to be confusion down at Ferrari about the strategies but now Charles Leclerc lets Vettel past into turn 5 on lap 37. Hulkenberg finally pits and rejoins in 16th. Kvyat meanwhile has overtaken Magnussen for 8th place. Lap 41, Vettel pits from 4th, he goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins just behind Pierre Gasly in 6th. Vettel lunges down the inside of the Red Bull at turn 10 and 5th place is his.

Lap 43, Valterri Bottas holds the Fastest Lap and is now 7.6 seconds behind race leader Lewis Hamilton. Scrap that, Sebastian Vettel now sets the fastest lap. Max Verstappen now pits from 3rd, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 4th behind Charles Leclerc. Now, Hamilton leads ahead of Bottas, Leclerc, Verstappen, Vettel and Pierre Gasly.

Max Verstappen is catching Charles Leclerc with Sebastian Vettel catching Verstappen. Mercedes decide to pit Valterri Bottas onto the Soft tyre. The Finn rejoins in 2nd ahead of Leclerc. Lando Norris and Lance Stroll have come together at turn 3. The Safety Car is deployed on lap 46. Hamilton pits and rejoins in the lead and now Leclerc pits and rejoins in 5th behind Vettel. Pierre Gasly and Romain Grosjean also pit as well as Alexander Albon and Daniel Ricciardo.

Behind the Safety Car, Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr. Alexander Albon is in 11th ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Robert Kubica.

A replay of the incident between Lance Stroll and Lando Norris shows that Norris was trying to overtake Stroll round the outside of turn 1. The pair were side-by-side into turn 2 were the contact was made as Stroll did not see that Norris was still there on his inside. Contact made Stroll spin into the gravel with both drivers retiring. Lap 50, the FIA allows all the lapped drivers to overtake the Safety Car so that normal racing order is resumed.

When the Toro Rosso drivers came into the pits, it looks like the team weren’t ready with the tyres and this crucial mistake has dropped Alexander Albon behind Carlos Sainz Jr in 11th. Lap 52, the Safety Car ends and comes into the pits with racing resuming on lap 53.

Pierre Gasly attacks Charles Leclerc but Leclerc hangs on. Kevin Magnussen overtakes team-mate Romain Grosjean and now Magnussen tries to overtake Gasly. They run side-by-side but Gasly stays on top. Carlos Sainz Jr overtakes Daniil Kvyat for 9th. Lap 54, Lewis Hamilton lead by 3.5 seconds ahead of Valterri Bottas. The Haas drivers are still squabbling over 7th place with Magnussen just ahead of Grosjean. Now, Carlos Sainz Jr pressures Grosjean for 9th. Lap 59, Sainz Jr overtakes Grosjean before turn 1 for 8th place.

Lap 60, Lewis Hamilton leads Valterri Bottas by 2.7 seconds. Lap 61, Daniil Kvyat overtakes Romain Grosjean round the outside before turn 1 for 9th place. Grosjean now under pressure from Alexander Albon and Daniel Ricciardo. Lap 66, Lewis Hamilton wins the Spanish ahead of Valterri Bottas and Max Verstappen.

Race Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 66 Laps
  2. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +4.074s
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing Honda, +7.679s
  4. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +9.167s
  5. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +13.631s
  6. Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing Honda, +19.576s
  7. Kevin Magnussen, Haas Ferrari, +28.159s
  8. Carlos Sainz Jr, McLaren Renault, +33.342s
  9. Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, +33.056s
  10. Romain Grosjean, Haas Ferrari, +34.641s
  11. Alexander Albon, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, +35.445s
  12. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, +36.758s
  13. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, +39.241s
  14. Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, +41.803s
  15. Sergio Perez, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, +46.877s
  16. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, +47.691s
  17. George Russell, Williams Mercedes, +1 Lap
  18. Robert Kubica, Williams Mercedes, + 1 Lap
  • Lance Stroll, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, DNF
  • Lando Norris, McLaren Renault, DNF

 

F1 2019: Mercedes in prime position for 5th consecutive win after Bottas Pole

With Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finishing 1st and 2nd in Azerbaijan last time out, Mercedes are in a prime position to extend their record of 5 consecutive victories at the start of a season at today’s Spanish GP.

12/05/19

Mercedes’s pace in Australia shocked everyone as the F1 community was nearly totally convinced that Ferrari were going to wipe the floor with the pace they showed in Pre-Season Testing. While that Ferrari pace has yet to develop fully, Mercedes have taken advantage, taking victory after victory.

With 1-2 finishes in Australia and in Bahrain, Mercedes left China with a third 1-2 finish becoming the first team since Williams in 1992 to start a season with 3 consecutive 1–2 finishes and it got even better for the Silver Arrows as they secured yet another 1-2 finish in Azerbaijan to be the first team ever to secure 4 consecutive 1-2 finishes at the start of a season.

Now in Spain with Bottas on Pole and Hamilton in 2nd, the run of 4 victories could be extended to 5.

Every season, typically the Spanish GP is the first race of the year in which team’s, up and down the field, bring upgrades to their cars as it is the first race of the year that is closest to the team’s European bases. After topping FP2, Bottas hailed the new Mercedes upgrades by saying: “It really felt good today. Our cornering performance has improved, a whole lot different feeling from winter testing with the car, so that’s nice to feel and see.”

Not to put a damper on things but after the start of the Azerbaijan GP where Hamilton and Bottas ran side-by-side through turns 1 and 2, the Brit admitted after the race that in the future, he wouldn’t leave the same racing space in the future.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has been a favourite hunting ground for Mercedes since 2014, having taken 4 of the last 5 races as victories. The only exception was in 2016 where then team-mates, Nico Rosberg and Hamilton, collided at turn 4 at the start of the race. Mercedes Management is confident that the bitter rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg wouldn’t develop between Bottas and Hamilton. Team Principal, Toto Wolff, said in an interview with the BBC that “the two have been so respectful with each other on and off track that we are in a very different place than we were in 2016.” Only time will tell..

Ahead of today’s race, Mercedes lead the Constructors Championship on 173 points, 74 points clear of Ferrari in 2nd on 99 points.

Can the Silver Arrows extend their lead in the championship and win a 5th consecutive race? I guess we will all find out later today.

 

 

 

 

F1 2019: Dominant Bottas beats Hamilton to Pole in Spain

Mercedes Valterri Bottas bounces from a spin in FP3 to take Pole Position by over 6 tenths ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a distant 3rd.

11/05/19

After spinning out in FP3, Valterri Bottas bounced back to secure his 3rd consecutive Pole Position. With Lewis Hamilton in 2nd, it was clear to see which team had come out on top. That team was Mercedes who were clearly quicker, especially in the final sector, than Ferrari.

The first of the Ferrari’s, Sebastian Vettel, was 3rd quickest and surprised by the qualifying gaps to Mercedes but was optimistic ahead of tomorrow’s race. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was able to split the Scuderia drivers by going 4th quickest ahead of the second Ferrari of Charles Leclerc who damaged his SF90 after contact with the kerbs in Q2 which compromised his Q3 run.

The second Red Bull of Pierre Gasly was 6th quickest ahead of the Haas duo of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in 7th and 8th. Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo rounded-out the Q3 session in 9th and 10th. Although, Ricciardo suffers a 3 place grid drop after reversing into Kvyat at the Azerbaijan GP last time out.

McLaren’s Lando Norris was 11th quickest with team-mate and home-favourite, Carlos Sainz Jr in 13th after handling troubles and running wide in Q2 ruined his chance at Q3. The Spaniard is still confident in the car’s pace and with a free choice of tyre, there might be a good shot at points come tomorrow.

The other Renault of Nico Hulkenberg suffered another poor Saturday. The German ran wide on his 1st lap in Q1, locking-up, taking to the gravel trap at turn 4 and making slight contact with the barrier. Hulkenberg was able to reverse out of the barrier and then make it back on track, dumping gravel across the track and losing his front wing in the process. He made it back to the pits where his mechanics repaired the damage and therefore able to go back out on track at an attempt to get into Q2 but was unsuccessful where he was classified in 16th.

The Williams drivers, who had swapped chassis’s this weekend, were 19th and 20th with George Russell ahead of Robert Kubica. Russell ended FP3 in the barrier after spinning at turn 4 but put in a fantastic lap, albeit for 19th, just over 4 tenths away from the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi in 18th and over 1 second ahead of Kubica.

Spanish Qualifying Result

1.Bottas  2.Hamilton  3.Vettel  4.Verstappen  5.Leclerc  6.Gasly  7.Grosjean  8.Magnussen  9.Kvyat  10.Ricciardo  11.Norris  12.Albon  13.Sainz Jr  14.Raikkonen  15.Perez  16.Hulkenberg  17.Stroll  18.Giovinazzi  19.Russell  20.Kubica